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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III seeks authors for its contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has agreed the outline Working Group III’s contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) on Mitigation of Climate Change. AR6 will be the IPCC’s next global scientific assessment of climate change. It is due to be finalised in 2022.

“Scientists came together earlier this year to draft an outline and we discussed it with policymakers in Montreal. We can now get to work to prepare a comprehensive and objective scientific assessment of the science of climate change, how we can adapt to it, and what actions can be taken to limit it,” said Professor P.R. Shukla, Co-Chair of Working Group III.

The next step is to put together the author team that will draft the report. A call for nominations is open and Governments and organisations have until 27 October to put forward names of experts from among the international research community. The IPCC Bureau will then select authors for each chapter taking into account expertise, geographic representation, gender balance and prior IPCC experience. Once the author teams have produced a draft, there will also be a call for expert reviewers to assess it and provide feedback.


"We are looking for experts across all disciplines relevant to climate change mitigation, including the scientific, engineering, business, social science and financial communities",said Professor Jim Skea, Co-Chair of Working Group III. "There are many ways to get involved: by becoming an author, a reviewer, or by contributing to the literature that is the essential foundation of the assessment."

Working Group III’s contribution to the AR6 will include 17 Chapters addressing different scientific aspects of climate change mitigation, from energy systems, building, transport and industry, to agriculture, food and land use. It will also include a chapter focussing on urban systems, finance, technology and international cooperation.

The final outline can be found here.

The decision was taken at the 46th Session of the IPCC, held in Montreal, on 6-10 September 2017, and hosted by the Government of Canada.