Dr Matthias Garschagen of the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) has been appointed as Lead Author in the 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The reports provide an assessment of the most current science of climate change and its impacts and risks. Dr Garschagen described the IPCC reports as “a very impressive stock take of climate science”. The information from these documents supports the decision-making process of policymakers and governments at all levels.
Dr Garschagen was nominated by both UNU and Germany to be an author for AR6; he was then selected by IPCC. The final author team for the Assessment Report is composed of experts from different parts of the world and with diverse scientific backgrounds in the climate change realm. “It is an honour to contribute to this report and a great opportunity to engage closely with many colleagues in a very intensive and output-oriented process,” said Dr Garschagen.
The work of IPCC and AR6 are structured in three working groups, focusing on the physical science of climate change (Working Group I), the study of impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability (Working Group II), and the mitigation of climate change (Working Group III). The working group contributions are to be completed by 2021, and the AR6 Synthesis Report will be finalised in 2022.
For more, see the news story on the UNU-EHS website.