Review of the IPCC

Latest Update: 12 November 2014
The InterAcademy Council is requested to conduct an independent review of the IPCC processes and the procedures by which it prepares its assessments of climate change.
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  • Harold T. Shapiro
    Economist and President Emeritus of Princeton University and the University of Michigan
    Princeton University and the University of Michigan
  • Roseanne Diab
    Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Associate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban
    Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
    South Africa
  • Maureen CROPPER
    Professor of Economics
    University of Maryland
    Maryland, United States
  • Carlos Henrique de BRITO CRUZ
    Scientific Director
    São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
  • Jingyun FANG
    Peking University
    Beijing, China
  • Louise O. Fresco
    University of Amsterdam
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Syukuro Manabe
    Senior meteorologist at the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
    Princeton University
  • Jose Mario MOLINA-Pasquel Henriquez
    1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    University of California, San Diego
  • Sir Peter WILLIAMS FRS
    Honorary Treasurer and Vice President of the Royal Society, Chancellor of the University of Leicester, and Chairman of the National Physical Laboratory.
    Royal Society
    United Kingdom
  • Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker
    Secretary General
    Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HSFPO)
  • Abdul Hamid ZAKRI
    Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia

IAC is asked to establish a Committee of experts from relevant fields to conduct the review and to present recommendations on possible revisions of IPCC processes and procedures. In particular the IAC Committee of experts is asked to recommend measures and actions to strengthen the IPCC’s processes and procedures so as to be better able to respond to future challenges and ensure the ongoing quality of its reports

InterAcademy Council: Mobilizing the world's best science to advise decision-makers on issues of global concern

Expert Advice. The InterAcademy Council (IAC) is a multinational organization of science academies created to produce reports on scientific, technological, and health issues related to the great global challenges of our time, providing knowledge and advice to national governments and international organizations. Sound scientific, technological, and medical knowledge is fundamental to addressing critical issues facing the world today – economic transformation and globalization; sustainable use of natural resources; reduction of poverty, hunger, and disease.

Sharing Knowledge. At the United Nations in February 2004, the IAC released its first report, Inventing a Better Future – A Strategy for Building Worldwide Capacities in Science and Technology. A second IAC report, commissioned by the U.N. Secretary-General and published in June 2004, was titled Realizing the Promise and Potential of African Agriculture – Science and Technology Strategies for Improving Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in Africa. A third report was published in June 2006, Women for Science. A fourth report was published in October 2007, Lighting the Way: Toward a Sustainable Energy Future. Planned IAC studies will also address critical global issues – such as enhancing global surveillance of emerging infectious diseases; improving global water quality and availability; and scientific ethics and responsibilities. On 10 March 2010, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the IPCC Chairman requested IAC to undertake a review of the processes and procedures of the InterGovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Project Status
Final Report
Climate Change Assessments, Review of the Processes & Procedures of the IPCC.pdf

Climate Change Assessments, Review of the Processes & Procedures of the IPCC

RELEASE DATE: 1 October 2010


InterAcademy Council report recommends fundamental reform of IPCC management structure.

Open Report

Study Requested By

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IPCC Chair Pachauri