IPCC Working Group III kicks off fifth assessment cycle with author meeting in Korea
"More than just allocating writing tasks, the author meetings serve the important purpose of the authors getting to know each other, within and across the chapter teams," says Ramon Pichs-Madruga of the Cuban Centro de Investigaciones de la Economía Mundial (CIEM), who is one of three Co-Chairs of the IPCC WGIII. "Close team interaction and collaboration during the AR5 cycle is a prerequisite for a consistent and comprehensive assessment of issues related to climate change mitigation".
Each author team developed a detailed chapter outline. They further identified common themes across chapters and Working Groups, such as the treatment of uncertainty, emission trends or sustainable development, as well as modes of collaboration on these issues. Authors also discussed areas of insufficient coverage in the peer reviewed scientific literature and how to include non peer reviewed sources of high quality, commonly named ‘grey literature’, to fill these gaps. Chapter teams also started reviewing their own expertise portfolios, in order to name further contributing authors, when required expertise is missing.
"We have also started implementing our interim Conflict of Interest policy," says Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chair of the WGIII based at the German Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research. The interim policy is fully consistent with the decision taken on Conflict of Interest by the Panel at its 33rd Session in Abu Dhabi, 10-13 May 2011, and the proposal made by the Task Group on Conflict of Interest.
On behalf of the member governments, the IPCC produces the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) that reviews and assesses scientific, technical, and socio‐economic information relevant to the understanding of the risks of and responses to climate change.
The scientific work of the IPCC is organised in three Working Groups (WGs): WGI covers the “Physical Science Basis of Climate Change”, WGII covers “Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” and WGIII covers “Mitigation of Climate Change”. Each WG contributes one volume to the AR5. The WGs jointly integrate their key findings into a Synthesis Report. The IPCC Plenary approved the outlines of all three WG contributions to the AR5 in 2009. The aim is to release the AR5 in 2013 and 2014.