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Inside the IPCC Climate Science Assessments: From 1990 to 2013

Presenter: Gerald "Jerry" Meehl, NCAR Sr. Scientist
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

On September 29, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued the "Summary for Policymakers" from Working Group 1 of its Fifth Assessment Report. Join us for a look into the creation of the IPCC climate assessments and how the effort and process that goes into them has evolved since the First Assessment Report in 1990. 

Our presenter, climate scientist Dr. Jerry Meehl, discusses the history of the IPCC and the global participation by which it produces scientific reports that have been accepted by 150 of the world's countries. Jerry will speak from personal experience, tracing his involvement through all five assessment reports as a convening or lead author for the IPCC's Working Group 1, which assesses the physical science of the climate system and climate change.

Inside the IPCC

This presentation is the first of two provided as background to the release of the first part of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5). This presentation addresses the IPCC history and process, while the September 19 event examines the public's understanding of the science.


Cindy Schmidt, UCAR

Topics:Climate and Climate Change
Audience:General public, Informal education, High school, Higher education