Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Dealing With Uncertainty

Editors: White, Th., Jonas, M., Nahorski, Z., Nilsson, S. (Eds.)

  • This book, which looks at greenhouse gases (GHG) from an emission-uncertainty perspective, contains a wealth of insights into uncertainty in GHG inventories.
  • Its perspective not only goes well beyond the emissions-only approach currently in use, under which greenhouse gases are treated collectively and equally without distinction to their emission-dynamic and uncertainty characteristics, but also well beyond current approaches to conducting and using uncertainty analyses.
  • It provides scientists and policymakers with a "jump start" in terms of developments in the field of uncertainty analysis, particularly with respect to greenhouse gas inventories and their utility in any potential future global monitoring and reporting framework.
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About this book

The assessment of greenhouse gases emitted to and removed from the atmosphere is high on the international political and scientific agendas. Growing international concern and cooperation regarding the climate change problem have increased the need for policy-oriented solutions to the issue of uncertainty in, and related to, inventories of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The approaches to addressing uncertainty discussed here reflect attempts to improve national inventories, not only for their own sake but also from a wider, systems analytical perspective — a perspective that seeks to strengthen the usefulness of national inventories under a compliance and/or global monitoring and reporting framework. These approaches demonstrate the benefits of including inventory uncertainty in policy analyses. The authors of the contributed papers show that considering uncertainty helps avoid situations that can, for example, create a false sense of certainty or lead to invalid views of subsystems. This may eventually prevent related errors from showing up in analyses. However, considering uncertainty does not come for free. Proper treatment of uncertainty is costly and demanding because it forces us to make the step from “simple to complex” and only then to discuss potential simplifications. Finally, comprehensive treatment of uncertainty does not offer policymakers quick and easy solutions.

About the authors

The Editors Iain Stewart and Matthias Jonas work for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century. Their findings provide valuable options to policy makers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by scientific institutions in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Foreword

    Pages 1-1

  • Benefits of dealing with uncertainty in greenhouse gas inventories: introduction

    Jonas, Matthias (et al.)

    Pages 3-18

  • Statistical dependence in input data of national greenhouse gas inventories: effects on the overall inventory uncertainty

    Winiwarter, Wilfried (et al.)

    Pages 19-36

  • Uncertainty analysis for estimation of landfill emissions and data sensitivity for the input variation

    Szemesova, J. (et al.)

    Pages 37-54

  • Toward Bayesian uncertainty quantification for forestry models used in the United Kingdom Greenhouse Gas Inventory for land use, land use change, and forestry

    Oijen, Marcel (et al.)

    Pages 55-67

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Greenhouse Gas Inventories
Book Subtitle
Dealing With Uncertainty
Editors
  • Thomas White
  • Matthias Jonas
  • Zbigniew Nahorski
  • Sten Nilsson
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1670-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1670-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1669-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9318-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 343
Additional Information
Reprinted from journal Climatic Change (Vol. 103: 1–2).
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