The Development of Climate Change Assessments and the Emergence of IPCC as the Scientific Basis of International Climate Policy

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Abstract : Assessments developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) form a foundation for climate change policy. Dr. Solomon will discuss precedent attempts to assess the anthropogenic caused global climate change and will then focus on IPCC origins, structure, procedures and products. These will be examined in the context of international institutional and political forces that have shaped 20 years of IPCC assessments and special reports. Dr. Solomon will reflect on his experience as an ecologist and climate scientist, IPCC contributor and science policy expert.