The ICLIPS Impacts Tool: A Graphical User Interface to Climate Impact Response Functions for Integrated Assessments of Climate Change


  • Hans-Martin Fussel Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Telegrafenberg, Potsdam, Germany


climate change, climate impact response functions, integrated assessment model, ICLIPS, graphical user interface.


This paper presents the ICLIPS Impacts Tool, a graphical user interface that provides access to a large set of climate impact response functions (CIRFs) from the ICLIPS model, an integrated assessment model of climate change. Its reduced-form impact module is comprised of CIRFs that depict the regional sensitivity of selected climate-sensitive impact sectors to changes in important climatic and atmospheric drivers in biophysical terms. The CIRFs were initially developed to enable the incorporation of thresholds for climate impacts in a tolerable windows analysis with the ICLIPS model. However, they are also a valuable source of information in their own right. The ICLIPS Impacts Tool provides convenient access to a large number (ca. 100,000) of impact diagrams for a wide range of impact indicators, geographical regions, and climate projections. The choice of Java as programming language enables the ICLIPS Impacts Tool, which is distributed on a CD-ROM, to run on the most common computer platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, and AIX.