Call for expert contributors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report

Monday 18 September 2017

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has called for nominations of experts for consideration as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, or Review Editors for its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

The structure of AR6 will follow the exisiting structure and the IPCC are seeking experts to contribute to:

(i) Working Group I, assessing the scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change;
(ii) Working Group II assessing the scientific, technical, environmental, economic and social aspects of the vulnerability (sensitivity and adaptability) to climate change of, and the negative and positive consequences (impacts) for ecological systems, socio-economic sectors and human health, with an emphasis on regional sectoral and cross-sectoral issues; consistent with recent considerations it will also focus on the adaptation needs, options, opportunities, and constraints to reduce current and future risks;
(iii) Working Group III assessing the scientific, technical, environmental, economic and social aspects of the mitigation of climate change.

The outlines of the Working Group can be accessed on the IPCC Website on the following link: http://bit.ly/2wg2QtT .

The contribution of Working Group I will be completed in April 2021, Working Group II in October 2021, Working Group III in July 2021 and the Synthesis Report in September 2022. The outline of the Synthesis Report will be developed in April 2019.

A detailed description of the IPCC writing and review process is contained in the “Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval and Publication of IPCC Reports” which can be viewed on the IPCC website at: https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/ipcc-principles/ipcc-principles-appendix-a-final...

The role of the IPCC is to assess in a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent way the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. Therefore, the IPCC requires that the nominee(s) have appropriate expertise. All nominations should indicate the Working Group(s), chapter(s) and author role(s) for which the candidate is being nominated, a specification of the nominees’ key area of expertise and be accompanied by a summary (maximum 4 pages) curriculum vitae in English.

If you're interested in being nominated, please email mark.howden@anu.edu.au by 13 October 2017.   You should also attend Mark's presentation on the IPCC on Friday 29th September - see http://climate.anu.edu.au/news-events/intergovernmental-panel-climate-ch...

The Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors are responsible for drafting the chapters and revising them taking into account comments submitted by reviewers during the two IPCC-mandated reviews, namely the expert review and the second review by governments and experts. A representative cross-section of authors will also contribute to drafting, revising and finalizing the Technical Summary and Summary for Policymakers (SPM). A detailed description of the IPCC writing and review process is contained in the “Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval and Publication of IPCC Reports” which can be viewed on the IPCC website at: https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/ipcc-principles/ipcc-principles-appendix-a-final....

The task of Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors is a demanding one. The workload, during the period from the second half of 2018 – 2021, will be in the order of several months and can be particularly heavy during certain periods. Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors must attend four Lead Authors meetings between 2018 and 2020 and possibly other chapter drafting meetings. In order to reduce the amount of travel, most chapter drafting meetings will be conducted through webconferences.

The presence of Coordinating Lead Authors and selected Lead Authors may be requested at Sessions of the IPCC and its Working Groups during 2021 and 2022 to assist in finalizing the SPM and/or the Working Group contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report.

The time commitment of Review Editors is less than that for Lead Authors but will include attendance of two Lead Authors meetings between 2019 and 2020. The role of REs is to "ensure that all substantive review comments are afforded appropriate consideration, advise the authors on how to handle contentious/controversial issues and ensure that genuine controversies are reflected adequately in the text of the report" (https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/ipcc-principles/ipcc-principles-appendix-a-final...).

The composition of the group of Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors for a chapter of the Assessment Report will represent a range of views, expertise, gender, and geographical representation, ensuring appropriate representation of experts from developing and developed countries and countries with economies in transition.

 

 

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