Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes, selected to participate in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

17 April 2018

The BSC Earth sciences director will coordinate one of the chapters about climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has selected 721 experts from 90 countries to participate in the preparation of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). This report will inform policymakers, international climate negotiators and other stakeholders about the latest knowledge on all aspects of climate change.

The BSC Earth sciences director, Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes, is one of 14 Spanish experts selected and will coordinate chapter 10 in the working group I on physical science basis, “Linking global to regional climate change”, together with Bruce Hewitson from the University of Cape Town. Doblas-Reyes will bring to this report his experience in analysing and modelling climate regional phenomena, their drivers and feedbacks from a global perspective, enriching the information based solely on regional model climate simulations. Besides, his recent interest in developing methods for the attribution of extreme regional climate events will be useful. “The final purpose is to assess the degree of confidence users can have on regional climate information provided by a variety of sources”, says Doblas-Reyes.

"The Sixth Assessment Report will update our knowledge on climate change, its impacts and risks, and possible response options, and play an important role in implementing the Paris Agreement," said IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee.

The selection of Prof Doblas-Reyes, who participated in the elaboration of the previous assessment report, evidences the increasingly prominent role of BSC in international climate research fora and initiatives.

About IPCC

The IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. It has 195 member states.

IPCC assessments provide governments, at all levels, with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC assessments are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change. IPCC reports are drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and transparency.

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