The ISIpedia project is an effort to bridge a gap between the modellers from the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP) studying the global and regional impacts of climate change on natural and human systems, and stakeholders who may need this knowledge to identify appropriate policies. By creating channels of cooperation between modellers and stakeholders, ISIpedia aims at facilitating the co-production and knowledge transfer of climate impact information. The end-product of ISIpedia will be a user-friendly, freely accessible online encyclopaedia for consistent impacts projections across sectors. This newly created platform will provide policy-relevant, user-driven climate impact assessments, which will be based on the state-of-the-art science from the ISIMIP project

Project period
September 2017 – September 2020

Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Laboratory for Sciences of Climate and the Environment (LSCE)
Stitching Group, Climate Adaptation Services (CAS)


ISIpedia kick off workshop, 9-10 October 2017 at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research in Potsdam, Germany

Mud houses on the center island at Lake Debo, a wide section of the Niger River ©Jialiang Gao CC BY-SA 3.0

Scientists have acquired a breadth of knowledge on climate change impacts, past and future, on human and natural systems. However, this knowledge is often not conveyed in a manner suitable or relevant for decision-making. The ISIpedia project addresses this challenge by enabling collaboration between modellers and various stakeholders in order to facilitate the co-production and knowledge transfer of climate impact information. The central end product will be an interactive and user-friendly online platform, ISIpedia, which will house an ‘encyclopedia’ of open inter-sectoral climate impact informations.

Comprehensive and usable information about the impacts of climate change is useful for stakeholders such as decision-makers when considering potential policy options. However, there are often multiple barriers to supplying relevant climate impact information. These include technical and legal difficulties to accessing this knowledge, inconsistencies between scientific assessments, as well as lack of awareness of stakeholder needs.

ISIpedia, the open inter- and multisectoral impacts encyclopedia, aims to become a key reference for accessing consistent, policy-relevant, and user-driven climate-impact information. The web-based portal will be developed in tandem with a diversity of potential end-users, ensuring accessibility across many experience levels and an user-friendly interface.

The project is composed of three teams: the Stakeholder Engagement Team, the ISIMIP Modelling Team, and the ISIpedia Web-platform Assessment and Editorial Team.

The Stakeholder Engagement Team, housed at Climate Analytics, facilitates collaborative and reciprocal processes with modeller and non-modeller stakeholders. This includes interactive workshops focusing on research co-design and mutual learning, an online survey for gathering end-user inputs, and two-way knowledge brokering.

Stakeholder Engagement Team Activities

Face-to-face joint kick-off stakeholder workshop (9-10 Oct 2017)

  • to gather stakeholder input on the focus topic of the ISIMIP3 simulation round;
  • to gather feedback on the prototype of the ISIpedia online platform,
  • to identify data exchange possibilities between researchers and practitioners.

A widely-distributed online survey
to gather additional stakeholder input on the focus topic and the ISIpedia platform.

Stakeholder workshops held in the ISIpedia Project’s focus regions, West Africa and Eastern Europe
to co-develop climate impact indicators that are relevant for stakeholders.

Ensuring communication with and between ISIMIP modellers and the various users groups of the ISIpedia platform, along all stages of the project.

Integration into other ISIpedia Project Teams’ ActivitiesThe stakeholder co-defined focus topic and the co-developed impact indicators will be integrated into the third round of ISIMIP simulations (to take place in 2019). The outputs from this simulation round, in addition to previous rounds of ISIMIP, will be communicated on the ISIpedia platform, taking into account stakeholders’ climate impact information needs and feedback on the platform’s usability and accessibility.

If you are interested in getting involved in this project as a stakeholder, please get in touch with the ISIpedia team at Climate Analytics. We are particularly looking for organisations that work on the national, supranational or international level.