The IPCC has announced the new team of scientists who will prepare its 5th Assessment Report (AR5), due in late 2013 or early 2014. There were 831 scientists named, including some notable New Zealand scientists.
Despite the propoganda from denialists and a couple of glaring but insignificant errors in the AR4, the IPCC has been shown to be extremely conservative in its forecasts, as climate change is running ahead or in line with the modelling.
There are three working groups involved in the report, with the following NZ scientists on the team:
Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis
Chapter 5: Information from Paleoclimate Archives
Chapter 14: Climate Phenomena and their Relevance for Future Regional Climate Change
James RENWICK, NIWA (Energy)
Working Group II Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report
Climate Change 2013: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
Chapter 6: Ocean systems
Phil Boyd, NIWA
Chapter 11: Human health
Chapter 25: Australasia
Andy Reisinger, Victoria University
Paul Newton, AgResearch
Andrew Tait, NIWA
Blair Fitzharris, Otago University
Working Group III Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report
Climate Change 2013: Mitigation of Climate Change
Chapter 8: Transport
Ralph SIMS, Massey University, IEA
Chapter 11: Agriculture, Forestry and other land uses (AFOLU)
Harry CLARK, AgResearch
This is a pretty good showing for New Zealand. I won’t go on about punching above our weight and all that, I just want to congratulate some of our leading lights who are contributing to what is the most important challenge facing humanity today.
With the physics of global warming long settled and the science of when and how much a perpetual moving feast, it is truly important work.