PROFOUND co-organised the ISIMIP cross-sectoral workshop at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research on 22-24 June, 2016. We had a productive and enjoyable (albeit hot!) three days to discuss how global vegetation models can contribute to the scientific basis for the IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. We discussed how the PROFOUND/ISIMIP simulation protocol should be amended to allow for simulations addressing the 1.5°C challenge.
The workshop also included sessions looking at challenges in calculating the economic costs of climate change. Keynote contributions were given by IPCC Working Group II co-chair Hans-Otto Pörtner, Purdue University Professor Dominique van der Mensburgghe, PIK Research Domain chair Hermann Lotze-Campen and Stanford University Professor Marshall Burke. A lively discussion followed these presentations, seeding plans for closer collaborations between impacts modellers and economists.