The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), currently working on its next comprehensive report, the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), will open the Working Group II contribution for a first review by experts from October 18 to December 13, 2019.
Working Group II assesses the science related to impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change.
Review is said to be an essential part of preparing IPCC reports. It ensures that IPCC reports cover the most up to date scientific, technical and socio-economic findings, and are representative of a broad range of independent expertise from developed and developing countries.
“We invite experts from all over the world to participate in the review of the IPCC Working Group II assessment of the impacts of climate change, the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, and options for adapting to it,” said Debra Roberts and Hans-Otto Pörtner, the Co-Chairs of Working Group II, in a joint statement.
All IPCC reports undergo two stages of review. A First Order Draft is reviewed by experts. Following the expert review, authors develop a Second Order Draft based on the comments received. This draft then undergoes a second review by both governments and experts. Authors will prepare a Final Draft based on the comments received during the second review. The Final Draft is distributed to governments at the time of the final government review of the Summary for Policymakers.
Experts interested in serving as Expert Reviewers and providing scientific comments on the First Order Draft of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report can register from October 11 to midnight CET on December 6, 2019 at https://apps.ipcc.ch/comments/ar6wg2/fod/register.php.
To register for the review, a self-declaration of expertise is required. Once the registration is complete, and before accessing the draft, reviewers agree to the terms of the review, including the confidentiality of the draft and review materials, which are provided solely for the purpose of the review. The drafts may not be cited, quoted or distributed.
The Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report will be finalised in 2021.