CLIMsystems Receives 2011 CCBJ Business Achievement Award for Climate Change Adaptation Technology

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CLIMsystems has been recognized by the Climate Change Business Journal as a leading innovator of climate change risk and adaptation assessment tools and associated services. CLIMsystems has sold and applied its industry leading SimCLIM software system across a range of geographies and sectors. It clients include major consulting companies such as CH2M HILL and government agencies in countries such as Viet Nam. International Financial Institutions like the Asian Development Bank are drawing on expertise at CLIMsystems for the creation of a leading edge software tool called GENIES (Global Environment and National Information Evaluation System) for climate change risk assessments and cost-benefit studies of adaptation options. The GENIES system is being built around SimCLIM technology.


SimCLIM is very useful for getting a local perspective of climate change

Climate Change Business Journal® (CCBJ), a business research publication which provides high value strategic business intelligence to the climate change industry, has honored 31 companies for their contributions to mitigating climate change in 2011.

“CCBJ recognized a number of innovative projects that either broke ground or saw their way to completion in 2011 in wind, energy storage, carbon capture & storage and adaptation,” said Grant Ferrier, president of Environmental Business International Inc. (EBI, San Diego), publisher of Climate Change Business Journal.

CLIMsystems is pleased to announce that it was chosen to receive the CCBJ award for technology in the area of adaptation and risk assessment.

CLIMsystems was recognized for achieving a leading position in the climate change risk and adaptation assessment industry. Evidence of the firm’s accomplishment in this regard can be seen in the extensive citation of models generated with the company’s SimCLIM software. The guidance document on sea level rise issued in October 2011 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impacts and Climate Analysis shows SimCLIM’s unique abilities in sea level rise assessments.

CLIMsystems has taken technology developed in a university environment and made it commercially available for governments, research institutions, academics, multilateral lending agencies and consulting & engineering firms such as CLIMsystems’ partners and affiliates CH2M HILL and Stratus Consulting. In 2011, the SimCLIM modeling system was used in coastal assessments in the Philippines and Alexandria, Virginia, USA. CLIMsystems has also assisted with capacity building and reporting for the UNFCCC Second National Communications Projects in Vanuatu, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Nauru, and Eritrea. Further projects were completed in China on agriculture and climate change and bottom up and top down planning to ameliorate climate risk in Albay Province in the Philippines. Both Asian projects were funded through the Asia Pacific Network and supported by SimCLIM software and CLIMsystems expertise. Vietnam’s Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology, and Environment has also adopted the SimCLIM software system for climate assessments and Institute staff have received extensive training.

CLIMsystems’ strength lies within the wide range of SimCLIM’s end users. Maelpo Maiai of Griffith University in Australia noted the he was “truly fortunate to have been introduced to the team at CLIMsystems.” He found the SimCLIM software for climate risk and adaptation assessment to be user friendly and reliable, “by using SimCLIM, I am able to test with a strong degree of confidence my research hypothesis on existing and future climate change and variability.”

Similarly Emily Gaskin who is a Policy Analyst with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries/NOAA and is based in American Samoa was looking for useful tools to inform climate change management and to test adaptation strategies in marine and coastal areas. She found that “SimCLIM was the perfect tool because it provided user-friendly models that I could apply and modify with minimal training. The visual outputs presented excellent policy tools to help inform management decisions and solicit grant funding to further our program goals.”

In New Zealand, Dr. Kathleen Kozyniak, Senior Scientist (Climate and Air) at Hawkes Bay Regional Council said "SimCLIM is very useful for getting a local perspective of climate change.” She particularly liked being able to input and analyse climate data from local sites, being able to choose between scenarios and sensitivities and to pick any year of interest. Kathleen also found it useful to have the impact models – “the water balance one proving useful for me.” She also was happy to know that the data would be updated with future Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments.

Software links have been developed between CLIMsystems’ SimCLIM software system and the Decision Support Systems for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) run by a consortium of Universities in the United States and the new eWater product range developed in Australia. The eWater software link was, in part, supported by a grant from the New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation. Links between SimCLIM and industry standard software products strengthens planning and decision making processes by permitting more software to be run with consideration of future climate change.

CLIMsystems is also the primary developer of GENIES (Global Environment and National Information Evaluation System) for climate change impact and cost-benefit analysis of adaptation options for urban areas. The GENIES project is being funded by the Asian Development Bank and will service five of the major global development banks covering the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America.

CLIMsystems has also launched a new monitoring and evaluation (M & E) service for climate change adaptation and development projects. Monitoring and evaluation will ensure local needs are better met through an extra check and balance often missing from donor projects. Garath Johnson of Future Ready PTY in Australia said that “local networks and knowledge are equally critical and I therefore welcome CLIMsystems initiative. CLIMsystems has local, regional and global adaptation experience backed by sector leading technology that is invaluable for decision makers.”

With a scientific advisory panel of Nobel laureates and leading climate scientists, as partners supporting software developments, training and service delivery, CLIMsystems is positioned to maintain leadership in understanding and translating climate science risk into decisions and action for climate resilience.


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