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(UPDATED) Call for nominations: Scoping Meeting for the draft outline of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report

UPDATE: The deadline for this call for nominations has been extended from 30 October to 10 November.

Future Earth is nominating experts to participate in a scoping meeting for a draft outline of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The IPCC previously announced that it will consider an outline for its upcoming assessment report in a plenary session currently scheduled for October 2017. Participants in the scoping meeting, which will run from 1 to 5 May 2017 at a venue to be announced, will prepare this draft outline and explanatory notes as appropriate.

Future Earth, as an observer organization to the IPCC, is invited to nominate experts to participate in the scoping meeting. Members of the Future Earth Committees, Secretariat, leaders of global research projects and Knowledge-Action Networks can propose themselves or colleagues for nomination.

Participants in the scoping meeting should have a broad understanding of climate change and related issues and should collectively have expertise in the following areas:
Working Group I

  • Climate system (atmosphere, ocean, land surface, cryosphere): observations (past and present), processes, and interactions.
  • Natural and anthropogenic drivers of climate change (land use, well-mixed greenhouse gases, short-lived forcers including aerosols), carbon and other biogeochemical cycles.
  • Climate modelling, model evaluation, predictions, scenarios and projections, detection and attribution, on global and regional scales.
  • Earth system feedbacks and dynamical responses, including abrupt change.
  • Climate variability, climate phenomena and teleconnections, extremes and implications for regional climate.

Working Group II

  • Impacts on and vulnerability of natural and managed systems (land, freshwater and oceans), including genetics, physiology and regional ecosystem expertise.
  • Palaeo and historical views of natural, managed and human systems across regions.
  • Impacts, vulnerability and risks for sectors, including fisheries, agriculture, tourism, transport, resource extraction and energy.
  • Impacts, vulnerability and risks for human systems, including health and wellbeing, indigenous and cultural, livelihoods and poverty.
  • Impacts, vulnerability and risks for settlements, including rural, urban, cities and those on small islands and in coastal areas, and related systems and processes, including food, economic and energy security and migration.
  • Adaptation needs, options, opportunities, constraints and influencing factors, including contributions from psychology, sociology and anthropology.
  • Approaches for adaptation to climate change, including ecosystem and community based adaptation, disaster risk reduction and early warning systems.
  • Socio-cultural, anthropological and psychological background of making and implementing decisions.

Working Group III

  • Socio-economic scenarios, modelling and transitions at the global, regional, national and local scales, including integrated assessment approaches.
  • Energy systems, including supply and energy demand sectors (e.g., industry, transport, buildings).
  • Mitigation responses in agriculture, forestry, land use and waste.
  • Consumption patterns, human behavior and greenhouse gas emissions, including economic, psychological, sociological and cultural aspects.
  • Policies, agreements and instruments at the international, national and subnational levels, including those at the city level.
  • Technology innovation, transfer and deployment.
  • Financial aspects of response options.

Cross-cutting areas of expertise

  • Co-benefits, risks and co-costs of mitigation and adaptation, including interactions and trade-offs, technological and financial challenges and options.
  • Ethics and equity: climate change, sustainable development, gender, poverty eradication, livelihoods and food security.
  • Perception of risks and benefits of climate change, adaptation and mitigation options, and societal responses, including psychological and sociological aspects.
  • Climate engineering, greenhouse gas removal, and associated feedbacks and impacts.
  • Regional and sectorial climate information.
  • Epistemology and different forms of climate related knowledge and data, including indigenous and practice-based knowledge.

Regional expertise

  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Australasia
  • North America
  • Central and South America
  • Polar regions
  • Small islands
  • Ocean

 While the final outline for the Sixth Assessment Report may not include all areas listed above, broad expertise is solicited in order to determine robust areas for consideration.

In selecting scoping meeting participants, consideration will be given to the following criteria: scientific, technical and socio-economic expertise, including a range of views; geographical representation; obtaining a mixture of experts with and without previous experience in IPCC; gender balance; selecting experts with a background from relevant stakeholder and user groups, including governments. Please also note that the work of the Scoping Meeting will be conducted only in English.

For each individual application, please fill out the nomination form here

Please note that the form has two tabs. Please fill all information requested (mandatory fields marked by *).

Please send the nomination form with a summary CV (maximum 4 pages) in English and in pdf format no later than Thursday, 10 November 2016 (6pm CEST) to: AND

All relevant and complete applications will then be sent to IPCC. An invitation letter to the scoping meeting will be sent to the selected nominees in February 2017.

Please note that Future Earth will not provide financial support to nominees.

Please also note that you can also be nominated by your country. To do so, you will have to contact the IPCC focal point of your country.