Selected as IPCC AR6 Lead Author


Some very exciting news: I've been selected to serve as a Lead Author on the next IPCC report!

The IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is an international organisation of the United Nations. The IPCC provides comprehensive assessments of all the science related to climate change. These assessments have been done on a regular basis since 1990, when the first assessment report was brought out. I will be working on the Sixth Assessment report (AR6).

The report (and the workload) is split into three parts:
Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis
Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change
Due to my expertise on sea-level change, I have been asked to contribute to Working Group I, on Chapter 9: Ocean, Cryosphere and Sea Level Change.

The IPCC Assessment report is an overview of the state-of-the-art on climate science. This information will be communicated to governments and policy makers. It is therefore a very influential report. Before it can be published, there is an extensive process in the writing of the report. 

First, experts are selected as authors. For every chapter, the author team consists of 2 or 3 Coordinating Lead Authors, ~10-15 Lead authors and 2-3 Review Editors. They can ask for the help of contributing authors for writing sections of the report. 

The first draft will written by the author team and then peer-reviewed by other experts that are not in the author team. A new draft will be written, and this will be reviewed both by experts and governments. This will lead to the final report. Finally, a summary for policymakers will be written, containing the main conclusions of the report. This summary will need to be approved, line by line. 

As you can see, an extensive process, which will take place over the next 4 years (2018-2021), before the final report comes out.

The lead author meetings will take place in different continents, to give all experts equal opportunities to join. The first meeting of Lead Authors of Working Group I is scheduled to take place in Guangzhou, China, in the last week of June. I'm really looking forward to this meeting and being part of the IPCC experience, because I will be working with a great group of experts, all leaders in their field.

Check out this link for the official press release on the selection of the IPCC AR6 authors