The Austrian Carbon Database (ACDb) Study - Overview [Revised 28 October 2003]

Jonas M & Nilsson S (2001). The Austrian Carbon Database (ACDb) Study - Overview [Revised 28 October 2003]. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-01-064

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Abstract

This is the final overview report of the Austrian Carbon Database (ACDb) Study, which pursues three main objectives: (1) to support the Austrian Carbon Balance Model (ACBM) II; (2) to internationalize the Austrian carbon analysis and to place Austrias carbon accounting within an international science and policy context focusing on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC); and (3) to provide good practice guidance in consideration of Full Carbon Accounting (FCA) rather than Partial Carbon Accounting (PCA).

The Study is divided into two phases, a deductive and an inductive research phase. The deductive research phase builds upon the theoretical insights gained during the ACDb Study and addresses Objective 2 (Internationalization). The inductive research phase builds upon the generalized experiences from working with uncertainties in building the ACDb and addresses Objectives 1 (ACBM II Support) and 3 (Good Practice Guidance).

The ACDb is a carbon consistent database for Austria that acknowledges FCA. It focuses on publicly available, including measured, data around 1990 and attributes special importance to the direct and transparent understanding of both first (mean values) and second statistical moments (uncertainties). The ACDb does not replace existing, officially agreed and widely accepted, Austrian databases but provides a thematically less detailed, however, carbon consistent standard that allows to quantify the uncertainties underlying these databases when using them in a wider (Austrian-integrated) context than traditionally done.

The focus of the Study is on conclusions that are generally valid and are not only specific for Austria. Based on our deductive and inductive research, we conclude that the Kyoto Protocol and the way national emissions are inventoried urgently need fundamental as well as methodological improvements, more than ever before.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Interim Report)
Research Programs: Forestry (FOR)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:13
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2016 21:12
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/6460

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