This is an urgent call for your participation. As we enter a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment cycle, it is important to highlight the relevance of mountain research and expertise in the context of climate change as input for these assessments. The IPCC Plenary has approved 3 Special Reports to be prepared by the scientific community in the lead-up to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) (www.ipcc.ch), which are:
  • Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR1.5)
  • Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)
  • Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL)

During the AR6 Scoping Meeting held in Addis Ababa last week, it became very clear that the SRs are of essential importance as input for the AR6 and therefore we encourage the mountain research community to consider offering your availability and expertise.

While the authors for the SR1.5 have already been appointed (see link), the IPCC is now looking for experts to serve as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead authors, and Review Editors for the SROCC and SRCCL. A detailed description of the IPCC writing and review process is contained in the “Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval and Publication of IPCC Reports” which can be viewed on the IPCC website at: https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/ipcc-principles/ipcc-principles-appendix-a-final.pdf. The tasks and responsibilities for Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Review Editors are specified in the Annex 1 to these procedures. The call for authors for the SROCC and the SRCCL is still open until 17 May 2017 (midnight CET). Note that nominations must be submitted via the corresponding national IPCC Focal Point in your country http://www.ipcc.ch/apps/contact/interface/focalpoints.php. However, please note that the Focal Point needs your nomination documents well before before 17 May.

Please consider that authorship in an IPCC SR requires an appropriate scientific standing, and be cognisant of a considerable work load that relies on strong commitment. For more information, please see www.ipcc.ch

Thank you for your support.

Carolina Adler (Mountain Research Initiative, Bern) and Georg Kaser (University of Innsbruck), who attended the IPCC AR6 Scoping meeting last week.