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FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 8, AUGUST 1992
IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE: SOCIETY AND ECONOMICS
Report of the Workshop on ENSO and Climate Change (Nov. 4-7,
1991, Bangkok, Thailand), 28 pp., 1992, no charge. Available from ESIG, NCAR,
POB 3000, Boulder CO 80307.
From the third workshop of the multidisciplinary UNEP Working Group on the
Socioeconomic Aspects of El Niño Southern Oscillation. The group
attempted to identify and assess current speculation about how ENSO might be
altered under different global heating patterns in an atmosphere with increased
greenhouse gas concentrations. A final statement relates to how climate change
will affect societal-ENSO-environmental interactions.
The Effects of Weather and Climate on Energy Supply and Demand, A
Select Bibliography, Jan. 1992, $25. Order from C. Bedrosian, Cutter Info.
Corp., 37 Broadway, Arlington MA 02174 (617-648-8700).
Climate Change: Evaluating the Socio-Economic Impacts, 109 pp.,
1991, $27. Consists of four papers prepared under the "Socio-Economic
Aspects of Climate Change" activity of the OECD.
"Evaluating the Socio-Economic Impacts of Climate Change: An
Introduction," D. Pearce (Econ. Dept., Univ. College, London), 9-20. Used
agriculture and sea level rise as examples to point the way to improved impact
assessment methodologies in general. Considerably more study will be needed to
quantify these impacts for specific locations.
"Methodological Guidelines for Assessing the Socio-Economic Impacts of
Climate Change on Agriculture," S. Sonka (Dept. Agric. Mgmt., Univ.
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill.), 21-43. Reviewed key literature assessing the
agricultural impacts of climate change to ascertain the state-of-the-art methods
currently employed; documented the extent to which critical concerns
(uncertainty, regionalization etc.) have been previously addressed; suggests
improvements in existing agricultural impact assessment methodology.
"Modelling the Economic Impacts of Global Climate Change for
Agriculture and Trade," S.R. Johnson (Ctr. Agric. & Rural Develop.,
Iowa State Univ., Ames, Ia.), 45-71. Addresses the choice of modeling methods by
reviewing specific modeling issues for linking climate to agriculture and trade
in agricultural commodities. Suggests a possible modeling approach using
existing or extended and elaborated systems.
"Impacts of Sea Level Rise: An Economic Approach," H.M.A. Jansen
(Inst. Environ. Studies, Free Univ., Amsterdam, Neth.), O.J. Kuik, C.K. Spiegel,
73-109. Consolidates available literature and suggests improvements in the
methodological approach to assessing the impacts of climate-change-induced sea
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