UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change.

IPCC Synthesis Report

The IPCC was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. In the same year, the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC.

Several of UCL STEaPP's academic staff  have been engaging with the IPCC over the past several years. Yacob Mulugetta, Professor of Energy & Development Policy, Arthur Petersen, Professor of Science, Technology & Public Policy, and Jason Blackstock were all involved in the production of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) cycle of the IPCC.

Past Activity

In the October 2015 issue of Nature Climate Change, Arthur Petersen, Jason Blackstock and Neil Morisetti argued that IPCC reports are not fit for purpose. The new leadership recently elected needs to promote reforms to make the panel more relevant to the actors that use the organisation's information. The argument of the Commentary in Nature Climate Change was also made in response to questions from BBC News on tasks for the newly elected Chair of the IPCC.

In November 2014 the IPCC AR5 cycle ended in Copenhagen on 1 November 2014 with the approval of the Summary for Policymakers of the Synthesis Report and adoption of the underlying report.

As an independent contribution to the discussion on the future of the IPCC, Professor Arthur Petersen, Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti and Dr Jason Blackstock from UCL STEaPP convened a workshop on 'Partnering with the Users of IPCC Products - How best to deliver scientific assessments on climate change', which was held at UCL on 4 and 5 February 2014.  The outcomes of the workshop were presented during a lunchtime session at the first meeting of the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC in Berlin in April 2014.

STEaPP contributors

Petersen 2016
Professor Arthur Petersen participated as member of the Dutch government delegation to all Working Group Reports and Synthesis Report sessions

Jason Blackstock
Dr Jason Blackstock was member of the Scientific Steering Group for the IPCC Expert Meeting on Geoengineering which was held in 2011.

Yacob Mulugetta
Professor Yacob Mulugetta was Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group III report (Energy Systems chapter) and member of the Core Writing Team of the IPCC Synthesis Report (topic facilitator 'adaptation and mitigation measures')

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti
Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti was co-convener of a workshop on the future of the IPCC. As former Special Representative for Climate Change for the UK Foreign Secretary, Neil often speaks on IPCC related issues such as climate and security.