Snowchange Staff Appointed as Lead Author In the Next IPCC Report

Melting permafrost in Siberia. Snowchange, 2012

Melting permafrost in Siberia. Snowchange, 2012

Tero Mustonen from the Snowchange Cooperative has been appointed as a Lead Author for Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has invited 721 expert from 90 countries to participate in the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors. This allows work to start on the next comprehensive assessment of the science related to climate change.

teroThe Sixth Assessment Report will inform policymakers, international climate negotiators and other stakeholders about the latest knowledge on all aspects of climate change.

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.

Tero Mustonen from Snowchange Cooperative (also affiliated with the University of Eastern Finland) has been appointed as one of the Lead Authors of the WG2: Climate Change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability – Working Group II Contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. He is a globally known scholar on the Northern climate change, impacts, adaptation and Arctic Indigenous and traditional issues.

Mustonen has been appointed as a Lead Author on the Chapter for Europe: “This appointment, of which we in Snowchange Co-op and with other stakeholders are very thankful for, is in line with the cooperation between IPCC and Snowchange that dates back to 2000. We hope to see for example the increased role of Indigenous and local-traditional knowledge materials contributing to the work and the Assessment where it may be feasible.”

The bureaux of the three IPCC Working Groups selected the authors from 2858 experts representing 105 countries, following a call to governments and IPCC observer organisations for nominations. Working Group I is responsible for the physical science basis, Working Group II looks at impacts, adaptation and vulnerability and Working Group III covers mitigation of climate change.

Photo: Eero Murtomäki

Photo: Eero Murtomäki

“These author teams, drawn from the hundreds of excellent nominations the IPCC was fortunate to receive, provide us with the necessary expertise across a range of disciplines to conduct the assessment. I am gratified that we have also raised the proportion of women and scientists from developing countries involved in our work,” added IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee.

Following their selection, the authors will now review the existing scientific literature and prepare drafts of the report on the basis of the outlines of the Working Group contributions already agreed by the Panel.

The three IPCC Working Groups will finalize their respective contributions to the AR6 report in 2021. A Synthesis Report will complete the AR6 cycle in early 2022, integrating all the Working Group contributions and the findings of the three special reports that are currently underway. The conclusions will be available in time for the first Global Stocktake, a periodic review of collective progress towards achieving the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.

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