Session 3


The Organization and Evolution of the IPCC
Scientific Review Process

To overcome the blockages in delivering the findings of scientists to the public and to policymakers, the World Metereological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) convened the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988. This mechanism will be discussed and and its operating principles will be explained in class. Specific attention will be given to the unprecedented nature of this institution and to its considerable strengths as well as its inherent weaknesses.

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Resource Materials

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC)

Climate Change 2001: Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC, 2001),
Chapter 4 - Hydrology and Water Resources [HTML version]
Chapter 5 - Ecosystems and Their Goods and Services [HTML version]
Chapter 6 - Coastal Zones and Marine Ecosystems [HTML version]
Chapter 18 - Adaptation to Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development and Equity [HTML version]

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) - 4th Assessment Reports

Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis: Summary for Policymakers [Contribution of Working Group I] to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (This Summary for Policymakers was formally approved at the 10th Session of Working Group I of the IPCC, Paris, February 2007.)], (Geneva, Switzerland, IPCC, 2 February 2007).

Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: Summary for Policymakers: Working Group II Contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report Climate Change 2007 [ IPCC WGII Fourth Assessment Report ], (Geneva, Switzerland, Brussles, Belgium, 6 April 2006).
IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, Working Group III — Summary for Policymakers, (Bangkok, Thailand, 4 May 2007).
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report—Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report— Summary for Policymakers. UNFCCC. (17 November 2007).
Note especially the sections devoted to water in each report.

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