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Expert Review of IPCC Assessment begins

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Expert Review of IPCC Assessment begins

The Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ‘Mitigation of Climate Change’ calls experts to review the latest draft of its contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report to be published in 2014. The IPCC seeks to include expert knowledge from voluntary reviewers across regions and sectors to arrive at a comprehensive assessment of climate change mitigation options. The review period extends to 14 September. Registration for access to the draft is open.

“For a balanced assessment of options to mitigate climate change, we need input from all relevant fields,” says Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chair of Working Group III. “This encompasses the scientific expertise of outstanding scholars and the experience and knowhow of other experts working on climate change mitigation.”

“The expert review is an important step in the assessment process,” says Youba Sokona, Co-Chair of Working Group III. “We hope that many experts from developed and developing countries will actively involve in this review exercise.”

The main stages of the review process are the review of the first order draft by scientific experts, the review of the second order draft by experts and governments, and a final round of government comments on the draft of the Summary for Policy Makers.

All review comments are addressed by the authors of the report. The comments and the responses are published after the reports are finally approved and released.

All three IPCC working groups are seeking wide participation by experts in the review of the drafts, encompassing the range of scientific, technical and socio-economic views, expertise, and geographical representation.

Interested experts are invited to register at: