IPCC WORKSHOPS AND EXPERT MEETINGS

 

 AR5 Workshops & Expert Meetings


A number of expert meetings and workshops have been held to support the process of preparing the Fifth Assessment Report. For more information, please see Concept Notes for Cross-Cutting Issues and Planned AR5 Workshops and Expert Meetings in the AR5 Reference Document. Also see IPCC-XXXI/Doc. 10 "Scoping of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report - Expert Meetings and Workshops".
 

2011

  • WG III - African Experts Meeting (9 - 11 August 2011, Accra, Ghana)
  • WG II - Least Developed Countries and Africa Regional Expert Meeting (9 - 11 August 2011, Accra, Ghana)
  • WG II - Scenarios Workshop (16 - 17 July 2011, Changwon City, Republic of Korea)
  • WG III - AR5 First Expert meeting on Scenarios (10 - 11 July 2011, Changwon City, Republic of Korea)
  • Joint Expert Meeting of WG II and WG III on Economic Analysis, Costing Methods and Ethics (23-25 June 2011 - Lima, Peru) (more information)
    Proposal
  • Joint IPCC Expert Meeting of WG I, WG II, and WG III on Geoengineering (20-22 June 2011 - Lima, Peru) (more information)
    Proposal (IPCC-XXXII/Doc. 5)
  • WG II - Small Island Developing States Regional Expert Meeting (27 - 29 April 2011, Belize City)
  • WG II - South and Central America Regional Expert Meeting (11 - 13 April 2011, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil)
  • WG III / II Expert Meeting on Human Settlement, Water, Energy and Transport Infrastructure and Spatial Planning - Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies (22 - 24 March 2011, Calcutta, India) (more information)
    The meeting explored in-depth issues related to human settlements and climate change. As cities and infrastructures are at the forefront of climate change, the role of urban planning becomes key for adapting to it and implementing mitigation strategies. The aim of the workshop was to address this topic and fill the gaps of the AR4 as part of the preparation of AR5.
     
    Workshop Proposal
  • WG II - Southeast Asia Regional Expert Meeting (16 - 18 March 2011, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • Joint GEO-IPCC Expert Consultation - GEOSS support for IPCC assessments: A workshop on the data needs of the climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability research community (1 - 4 February 2011, Geneva, Switzerland)
    The workshop explored how the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) could serve the data and information needs of the research communities dealing with climate impacts and adaptation, exploring its potential to improve and accelerate their access to a broad range of relevant information. The workshop results will be able to drive the implementation of GEOSS over the next several years in a way that contributes in a concrete and practical manner to the research process for the AR5 and other future assessments.
  • WG II / WG I Workshop on Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biology and Ecosystems (17-19 January 2011, Okinawa, Japan) (more information)

2010

  • Joint IPCC Workshop of Working Group III and II on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments (WoSES) (1 - 3 November 2010, Berlin, Germany) (more information)
    The workshop was organized by Working Groups III and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to facilitate the further development of scenarios by the scientific community. The objective of the workshop is to develop a framework of socioeconomic scenarios to be used by the different scientific communities working on climate change impacts and on options for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.
     
    Background and Supporting Material:
  • AR5 Synthesis Report Scoping Meeting (25-27 August 2010, Liege, Belgium)
  • IPCC Cross-Working Group Meeting on Article 2 of UNFCCC (24 August 2010, Liege, Belgium)
  • IPCC Cross-Working Group Meeting on Consistent Evaluation of Uncertainties (6-7 July 2010, Jasper Ridge, CA, USA) (more information)
     
    Consistent treatment and communication of uncertainty across the Working Groups is a key cross-cutting issue for the IPCC and goal for the AR5. To address this important issue, the Co-Chairs of the three Working Groups convened a small meeting on Consistent Treatment of Uncertainties, 6-7 July 2010 at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve in Stanford, CA, USA. The outcome of the meeting was a decision to produce updated Guidance Note for AR5, with the goal of improving the distinction and transition between different metrics and their consistent application across the Working Groups in the AR5.
    The "Guidance Note for Lead Authors of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on Consistent Treatment of Uncertainties" presents an approach for the treatment of uncertainty and the communication of key findings of the AR5 that can be applied consistently in each Working Group. At its 32nd session, the IPCC Panel urged the implementation of this Guidance Note.
    Guidance Note for Lead Authors of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on Consistent Treatment of Uncertainties Mastrandrea, M.D., C.B. Field, T.F. Stocker, O. Edenhofer, K.L. Ebi, D.J. Frame, H. Held, E. Kriegler, K.J. Mach, P.R. Matschoss, G. Plattner, G.W. Yohe, and F.W. Zwiers.
    4 pp.
    AR5 Guidance Note Annex
    A. Comparison of AR4 and AR5 Approaches
    B. Addressing the InterAcademy Council Recommendations
  • IPCC Workshop on Sea Level Rise and Ice Sheet Instabilities (21-24 June 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) (more information)
    The purpose of this Workshop was to bring together the leading world experts on all issues related to sea level rise, including the field of ice sheet dynamics and ice sheet instabilities, in order to accelerate scientific research that will feed results into the AR5.
  • WG III - Expert Meeting on Scenarios (28 Feb - 1 March 2010, Oxford, UK)
  • Co-Sponsored IPCC - NRC Meeting on RCP-2 Socioeconomic Storylines for New Scenarios to Support WG II / WG III AR5 and Other Assessments (4 - 5 February 2010, Washington, DC, USA)
  • WGI / WGII Expert Meeting on Assessing and Combining Multi-Model Climate Projections (25-27 January 2010, Boulder, Colorado, USA) (more information)
    This expert meeting provided tentative best practices in selecting and combining results from multiple models for IPCC AR5; in short the beginning of a quantitative framework for analysis and assessment of the models. The meeting will help to bring the community into a position to make better use of the new model results and provide more robust and reliable projections of future climate, along with improved estimates of uncertainty.

2009

  • WGI / WGII Expert Meeting on Detection and Attribution Related to Anthropogenic Climate Change (14-16 September 2009, Geneva, Switzerland) (more information)
    Improving technical aspects of detection and attribution, especially harmonizing terms and definitions, is an important goal to advance this topic, with emphasis on impact-relevant changes in the climate system and impacts in natural and human systems. The expert meeting has covered the full set of fundamental detection and attribution issues, including techniques, interpretation and specific examples that are relevant to changes in climate and impacts for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).
  • Scoping Meeting for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report (13 - 17 July 2009, Venice, Italy)
    The scoping meeting in Venice was convened to prepare a scoping paper describing the objectives and annotated outline of the AR5 and its Working Group contributions, and to prepare a broad outline for the Synthesis Report. The draft scoping paper is at present circulated for comments to governments and will then be submitted for consideration and approval to the Sessions of the three IPCC Working Groups and the 31st Session of the IPCC, scheduled to be held from 26-29 October 2009 in Bali, Indonesia.
  • Expert Meeting on the Science of Alternative Metrics (18-20 March 2009, Oslo, Norway) (more information)
    At its 38th Session (Geneva, November 2008), the IPCC Bureau decided to task a small Steering Group, chaired by Thomas Stocker (Co-Chair of WGI), to convene an Expert Meeting on the Science of Alternative Metrics with the goal to review the basis of current scientific research on this topic, in particular to assess the status of knowledge on GWPs and Global Temperature Potentials (GTPs) and other more elaborate metrics, as well as any other recent developments since the AR4 to calculate CO2 equivalence, including the timescales at which possible metrics can be applicable.
  • Joint IPCC-WCRP-IGBP Workshop: New Science Directions and Activities Relevant to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (3-6 March 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA) - Meeting Report
  • IPCC co-sponsored Workshop: Future Climate-Change Response Research: Learning from the IPCC's Fourth Assessment (21 - 23 January 2009, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

 
For reports and other documentation related to all IPCC Expert Meetings and Workshops, please see Workshops and Expert Meetings or the relevant Working Group website.

Workshops and Expert Meetings on Emission Scenarios


For the period of the AR5, the IPCC decided that new emission scenarios should be developed by the scientific community.
 
Further information can be found in the Progress Report submitted to the 32nd Session of the Panel (IPCC-XXXII/Doc. 16) and to the 33rd Session of the Panel (IPCC-XXXIII/Doc. 4). To further facilitate the integration of a new generation of socioeconomic scenarios by the scientific community for climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation research into the 5th Assessment Report, expert meetings on scenarios are also held back-to-back with IPCC Lead Author meetings.
 
For information, a list of relevant meetings is listed below.
  • WG II - Scenarios Workshop (16 - 17 July 2011, Changwon City, Republic of Korea)
  • WG III - AR5 First Expert meeting on Scenarios (10 - 11 July 2011, Changwon City, Republic of Korea)
  • Joint IPCC Workshop of Working Group III and II on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments (WoSES) (1 - 3 November 2010, Berlin, Germany) (more information)
    The workshop was organized by Working Groups III and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to facilitate the further development of scenarios by the scientific community. The objective of the workshop is to develop a framework of socioeconomic scenarios to be used by the different scientific communities working on climate change impacts and on options for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.
     
    Background and Supporting Material:
  • WG III - Expert Meeting on Scenarios (28 Feb - 1 March 2010, Oxford, UK)
  • IPCC Expert Meeting Modeling Renewable Energies: Coherence Between Model Assumptions and Latest Technological Knowledge (30-31 August 2009, Oslo, Norway)
  • Co-Sponsored IPCC - NRC Meeting on RCP-2 Socioeconomic Storylines for New Scenarios to Support WG II / WG III AR5 and Other Assessments (4 - 5 February 2010, Washington, DC, USA)
  • IPCC Expert Meeting on New Scenarios (19 - 21 September 2007, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands)
  • IPCC Expert Meeting on New Emission Scenarios (20 - 22 March 2006, Seville, Spain)
  • IPCC Workshop on Emission Scenarios (29 June - 1 July 2005, Laxenburg, Austria)
  • IPCC Expert Meeting on Emission Scenarios (12 - 14 January 2005, Washington D.C)

 
More information about held and upcoming IPCC expert meetings and workshops may also be found on the relevant Working Group or Task Force web-pages (WG I, WGII, WGIII and TFI).

TFI Workshops and Expert Meetings


The Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) was established by the IPCC to oversee the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme (IPCC-NGGIP). The core activity is to develop and refine an internationally-agreed methodology and software for the calculation and reporting of national GHG emissions and removals and to encourage its use by countries participating in the IPCC and by parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The NGGIP also established and maintains an Emission Factor Database.
 
For a full list of TFI Workshops and Expert Meetings and relevant documents for previous meetings (meeting reports, Co-Chairs summaries, etc.) please see the TFI meeting calendar.

Scoping & Expert Meetings for IPCC Special Reports


To support preparations for the IPCC's two Special Reports released in 2011, a few scoping and expert meetings have been held. Note that a new practice at the IPCC is the back-to-back holding of an expert meeting on scenarios with lead author meetings, to ensure coordination with the scientific community which is developing a new generation of socioeconomic scenarios for climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation research. Further information can be found in the Progress Report submitted to the 32nd Session of the Panel (IPCC-XXXII/Doc. 16) and to the 33rd Session of the Panel (IPCC-XXXIII/Doc. 4).



 

AR4 Workshops & Expert Meetings


To support the preparations of the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), a number of workshops and expert meetings were held. Some addressed cross cutting themes (CCT) that were identified in order to ensure a better treatment and coordination of matters that are dealt with in more than one Working Group. Other AR4 workshops and expert meetings addressed Working Group's specific issues and other matters.

  • Expert meeting on Integration of Adaptation and Mitigation and Sustainable Development
    16 - 18 February 2005, La Reunion
    Meeting Report
     
  • Integrating Sustainable Development and Climate Change in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report
    5 - 7 March 2003, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Meeting Report
     
  • Expert Meeting on scientific and technical issues related to Art.2 UNFCCC and key vulnerabilities
    18 - 20 May 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Meeting Report
     
  • IPCC Workshop on Describing Scientific Uncertainties in Climate Change to Support Analysis of Risk and of Options
    11 - 13 May 2004, Maynooth, Ireland
    Workshop Report
    Guidance Notes for Lead Authors of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report on Addressing Uncertainties
     
  • IPCC Expert Meeting on Industrial Technology Development, Transfer and Diffusion
    21 - 23 September 2004, Tokyo, Japan
    Meeting Report
     
  • Workshop on Climate Sensitivity
    26 - 29 July 2004, Paris, France
    Workshop Report
     
  • Expert meeting on Emission Estimation of Aerosols Relevant to Climate Change
    2 - 4 May 2005, Geneva, Switzerland
    Meeting Report
     

A list of proceedings and reports of all IPCC workshops can be found under “ IPCC Reports - Supporting material”.