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Albay mulls use of simclim to examine effects of climate change

by MA Loterte

Legazpi City (17 May) -- The Provincial Government of Albay is mulling to utilize the customized SimCLIM software, a computer model system for examining the effects of climate variability and change over time and space, according to the chief of the Center for Initiative and Research Center for climate Adaptation (CIRCA).

CIRCA Executive Director Nhong Rangasa averred Albay would be the first local government unit (LGU) in the country to use the SimCLIM in the province's program on climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk management and other development applications.

Rangasa explained that SimCLIM is an open framework modeling system which allows user to customize the model for geographical area and spatial resolution and to attach models.

The software has the capacity to assess baseline climate and current variability and extremes, present and future risks, investigate present and future adaptation, create scenarios of climate and sea level change, conduct sensitivity analyses, impact and others.

CIRCA in Albay is proposing to the national government to create a customized SimCLIM software modeling system for the Philippines.

Rangasa said that it could be applied in the work programs of several agencies in the country.

Albay is the only province in the country using the SimCLIM software for revisiting the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

A version of SimCLIM customized for the Philippines will include the statistical downscaled Global Climate Monitoring (GCM) patterns, rather than directly bilinear interpolated GCM patterns in that characterized earlier version of the software.

Rangasa further said that SimCLIM outputs are multifaceted and applicable to a wide range of planning and sustainable development application and sustainable development applications.

"It is perhaps the first and foremost a tool for creating possible scenarios of climate change that are then linked with various sectors, such as coastal, agriculture, water, health and the planning required to reduce the risk borne by societies and environments as a result in shifts in climate," he noted.

Rangasa said Albay is moving advance in terms of climate change adaptation response.

Albay is the first province in the country to institutionalize CIRCA and declared as Global LGU model for Climate Change Adaptation by United Nation International Strategy Disaster Reduction Report 2008 and World Bank.

The province, through CIRCA, develops climate change integration in curriculum in all learning area, hosted two separate national conferences that resulted to the Manila Declaration as a tool for the early passage of disaster management bill and creation of the Climate Change Commission. (PIA V) [top]

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