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Climate experts from the University of Reading's Walker Institute involved in IPCC 5th Assessment Report

Release Date 24 June 2010

Climate scientists within the University of Reading's Walker Institute will be involved in the preparation of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the IPCC has announced.

The IPCC is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.

Scientists involved are:

  • Prof Nigel Arnell, Walker Institute Director - lead author WGII Chapter 3 Freshwater Resources
  • Prof Eric Guilyardi, NCAS-Climate - lead author WGI Chapter 9: Evaluation of Climate Models
  • Prof Jonathan Gregory, NCAS-Climate and Met Office - lead author WGI Chapter 13: Sea Level Change
  • Prof Keith Shine, Department of Meteorology - review editor of WGI Chapter 8 Anthropogenic and Natural Radiative Forcing
  • Prof Rowan Sutton, NCAS-Climate Director - lead author WGI Chapter 11: Near-term Climate Change: Projections and Predictability

The Walker Institute represents one of the largest concentrations of climate change expertise in the UK and this has been reflected in the number of its senior scientists selected by the IPCC for this and previous assessment reports.

Within the Walker Institute, scientists from the climate programme of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the Department of Meteorology have been selected for their expertise in understanding and predicting climate, in climate modelling and in the impacts and consequences of climate change.

As lead authors, our scientists will work with experts from other countries in an extensive assessment of available literature on climate change and its impacts. IPCC reports undergo thorough review by scientific peers and world governments; lead authors have the task of amending the report in response to those comments.  Review editors are there to ensure that review comments are afforded appropriate consideration, to advise lead authors on how to handle contentious/controversial issues and ensure genuine controversies are reflected adequately in the text of the report. Both authors and review editors are guided by IPCC procedures which ensure comprehensiveness, scientific independence, openness, thorough review and transparency.

Scientists are nominated by their government and then selected by the IPCC Working Group Bureaux, which are comprised of leading scientists from across the world.

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