Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announces two new reports exploring climate change impacts and calls for authors

Thursday 6 April 2017

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has agreed the outlines of two new reports that will help governments understand the impact climate change is having on human activities and nature on land and sea.  The reports will also discuss how human activity in these areas is affecting climate change.

The reports are titled Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems.   The results will be released in September 2019.

“The IPCC looks forward to working with experts from around the world on this important topic that impacts billions of people, from the high mountains and polar regions to the coasts," said IPCC Vice-Chair Ko Barrett.

Professor Mark Howden, Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute and a Vice-Chair of IPCC Working Group 2, said that the IPCC process will bring the best and most up-to-date science to bear on specific issues that have been identified by the governments of the world.

“The Oceans and Cryosphere Special report will synthesise our collective knowledge of how climate change affects the oceans and cryosphere, informing policy that impacts billions of people, from the high mountains and polar regions to the coasts”, he said.

“The Climate Change and Land Special Report will assess the interactions between climate change and land degradation, desertification and food security including via sources and sinks of greenhouse gases so as to provide guidance for integrated, adaptive responses that support sustainable development. These are issues that affect all of us.”

The IPCC are seeking nominations for authors by 17 May 2017.

For more information on Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, visit https://www.ipcc.ch/meetings/session45/Decision_Outline_SR_Oceans.pdf

For more information on Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems, visit  https://www.ipcc.ch/meetings/session45/Decision_Outline_SR_LandUse.pdf.

For information about the IPCC writing and review process, visit https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/ipcc-principles/ipcc-principles-appendix-a-final....

If you are interested in being nominated as an author, please contact mark.howden@anu.edu.au by 10 May 2017.  

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