InterAcademy Council Announces Speakers for IPCC Review Meeting in Montreal on June 15

Audio of Presentations Will Be Webcast Live

The InterAcademy Council (IAC) committee conducting an independent review of the procedures and processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold its next meeting on June 15 at McGill University in Montreal.

In a public session, the committee will hear scientists’ presentations on IPCC assessment processes. Speakers include Robert Watson, professor of environment sciences and director of strategic development, University of East Anglia, and chief scientific adviser, U.K. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs; he was also the chair of IPCC from 1997 to 2002. Other speakers are Christopher Field, director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, Stanford, Calif.; John Christy, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and director of the Earth System Science Center, University of Alabama, Huntsville; andHans von Storch, professor, Meteorological Institute, University of Hamburg, and director, Institute of Coastal Research, GKSS Research Center, Geesthacht, Germany. Christy and von Storch were both participating authors in prior IPCC assessment, and Field is the co-chair of Working Group II of the current IPCC assessment.

The public session will run from 8 a.m. to noon EDT, beginning with opening remarks by Heather Munroe-Blum, principal and vice chancellor, McGill University; Roderick Macdonald, president, Royal Society of Canada.  An agenda is available here; a live audio webcast of the presentations will also be available.