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Key themes in the Working Group II contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th assessment report


  • Kristie Ebi



Assessments conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are significant undertakings that require input from experts and practitioners in multiple scientific disciplines, integrating local to international information across spatial and temporal scales. An IPCC report is a unique collaboration between the scientific community and policymakers, with governments (through their Focal Points) providing guidance and input to the scientists conducting an assessment at several stages during the process. This commentary reviews the IPCC mandate and process; summarizes key themes to be addressed in the Working Group II contribution to the 5th assessment report; discusses challenges for the WGII report when assessing qualitative literature, incorporating local knowledge, and identifying particularly vulnerable groups; and touches on the expertise and commitment of the WGII authors. Active engagement of the wider scientific community in IPCC assessments through publication and review will enhance their relevance to decision- and policy-makers. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

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  • Kristie Ebi, 2012. "Key themes in the Working Group II contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th assessment report," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 114(3), pages 417-426, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:climat:v:114:y:2012:i:3:p:417-426
    DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0442-4

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