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ASE Professor Benjamin Horton editor for sixth IPCC report

11 Apr 2018

The selection of authors for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report has been confirmed. Professor Benjamin Horton, as the only scientist from NTU, will serve as a review editor, see http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/pdf/press/pr_ar6_authors.pdf. As such, he will start working on the next comprehensive assessment of the latest science related to climate change this year. The Sixth Assessment Report will inform policymakers, international climate negotiators and other stakeholders about the latest knowledge on all aspects of climate change and play an important role in implementing the Paris Agreement. Professor Horton’s work will involve updating our knowledge on climate change, its impacts and risks, and possible response options, including a comprehensive assessment of the science related to climate change, reviewing existing scientific literature and preparing drafts of the report on the basis of the outlines of the Working Group contributions already agreed by the Panel.

The IPCC Working Groups will finalize their respective contributions to the AR6 report in 2021, and a Synthesis Report will complete the AR6 cycle in early 2022, integrating the three Working Group contributions and the findings of their special reports that are currently underway. The conclusions will be available in time for the first Global Stocktake, a periodic review of collective progress towards achieving the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. The organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (shared with former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore 2007) "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".