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Earth Institute Scientists to Help Author Next IPCC Report

Among those selected to lead the next report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are seven scientists from the Earth Institute. The full team of 831 from many disciplines and nations will work on the IPCC’s three-part Fifth Assessment Report, scheduled to come out in stages in 2013-2014, and its Synthesis Report, to come out in 2014.

In a statement, the IPCC said that the experts were  selected from about 3,000 nominations. This time around, participation from developing countries has been increased, with nearly a third of authors coming from developing countries or economies in transition. More than 60 percent of the selected authors are are new to the IPCC process, “which will bring in new knowledge and perspectives,” the statement said. The scientists work without compensation. “The IPCC is very grateful to all those scientists, specialists and experts who will give their time freely to participate in the work,” said IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri.

The Earth Institute experts will include:

Alexey Kaplan of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, writing on observations of the earth and atmosphere;

Ruth DeFries of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, on carbon and other biogeochemical cycles;

Drew Shindell of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, on anthropogenic and natural radiative forcing;

Marc Levy of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, on climate and human security;

Geoffrey Heal, of the Columbia Business School, on the economics of adaptation;

Patrick Kinney of the Mailman School of Public Health, on adaptation vulnerabilities and strategies in North America;

Elke Weber of the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, on risk and uncertainty in climate change response policies.


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