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Call for Review Editors for Fourth National Climate Assessment
Call for Expert Reviewers for the Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO 6) Report
Call for Expert Reviewers for IPBES Draft Assessments
Updates and Public Engagement Opportunities for the Fourth National Climate Assessment
Recently Closed Notices
USGCRP is currently seeking individuals with pertinent, demonstrated expertise to serve as Review Editors for the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4).
Review Editors are responsible for ensuring that all substantive comments received during the public comment period and from the National Academy of Sciences review are appropriately addressed. They will also provide guidance to chapter leadership on contentious issues, and ensure that significant scientific uncertainties are adequately reflected in the text. Review Editors do not comment on the text itself.
Nominees for Review Editor should be accomplished experts with climate-related proficiency in one or more of the sectors or regions addressed in NCA4, such that the nominee can contribute to the development of a robust scientific assessment.
The deadline for submission is September 8, 2017. For more information on this call for nominees, please see the Federal Register Notice.
If you would like to nominate yourself or others, please visit our Contribute site.
The United States Government is an active member of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, www.unep.org), which is in the process of delivering the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO 6). The assessment will provide a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human well-being in the world, accompanied by an analysis of policies leading to greater attainment of environmental objectives and goals, including those included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The review period of these chapters ends on September 15, 2017.
The U.S. Government is committed to an open and transparent review process and welcomes participation of all government and non-government subject matter experts. The U.S. government encourages individuals with significant expertise and/or publications relevant to these assessments to serve as expert reviewers. Federal employees are encouraged to contact Toral Patel-Weynand ([email protected]) and John Matuszak ([email protected]) to contribute directly to the U.S. government review process.
Please use the reviewer's grid and the reviewer's guidelines when submitting your comments. These are available from the above link as well. Review comments can be submitted until September 15th, 2017. All those who provide substantive written comments will be acknowledged in an annex to the assessment report.
Please submit all comment grids to [email protected] The review drafts are available from password protected website above. A reviewer grid and reviewer guidelines are also available here for your consultation.
UNEP launched preparations of the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook by holding a first drafting meeting for the global assessment in Frascati, Italy from February 20-24, 2017. The meeting focused on providing participants with a sound understanding of the assessment process and also allowed for extensive interaction with the Secretariat and advisory bodies of the Global Environment Outlook process. The assessment’s Scientific Advisory Panel recommended that a review of both the first order draft and the second order draft be conducted. The review of first order drafts of the first 9 chapters occurred in April 2017, with a team of about twenty expert reviewers. The valuable comments were addressed during the second authors meeting in Bangkok, Thailand from 22nd May to 26th May. These chapters cover the introduction, drivers of environmental change, state of our data and knowledge as well as the state of the global environment in 5 main thematic areas: air, fresh water, oceans, land and biota.
UNEP is now proceeding with the second order draft review which will involve a much larger group of nominated experts and government reviewers. You can contribute to the Global Environment Outlook process as an expert reviewer of the second order drafts of the first 9 chapters of the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6). Comments on only a portion of the assessment are also highly welcome. In addition, you may wish to review specific chapters in the assessments based on your thematic expertise.
The United States Government is an active member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an independent intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society. IPBES currently is conducting reviews of its four regional assessments, one global assessment, and one land degradation and restoration assessment. Three regional draft assessments and the land degradation and restoration draft assessment now are available for review until June 26, 2017; the Americas regional draft assessment will be available for review from May 29 – July 24, 2017. The global draft assessment will be available for review from June 15 – August 15, 2017.
The U.S. Government is committed to an open and transparent review process, and welcomes participation of all government and non-government subject matter experts. The U.S. government encourages individuals with significant expertise and/or publications relevant to these assessments to serve as expert reviewers. Federal employees are encouraged to contact Stephanie Aktipis at [email protected] to contribute directly to the U.S. government review process.
Interested experts will first register as users of the IPBES website and then can apply to become IPBES reviewers at www.ipbes.net/sod-review (
The final drafts of the regional and land degradation and restoration assessments will then be considered by IPBES Member States at the 6th IPBES Plenary meeting in March 2018. The global draft assessment will be released for a second round of review later in 2018.
Open Call for Author Nominations: IPCC ‘Land’ and ‘Oceans’ Special Reports
The U.S. Department of State seeks nominations for U.S. scientists with requisite expertise to serve as Lead Authors or Review Editors on the second and/or third Special Reports to be undertaken by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle:
- Special Report on Climate Change and Land: An IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems (aka ‘Land’ Special Report)
- Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (aka ‘Oceans’ Special Report)
Report contents are appended below. Annotated outlines, background information, and the nominations vehicle can be found on the USGCRP Public Contributions System.
This is an Open Call. All registered users can nominate U.S. citizens and permanent lawful residents to be considered by the respective IPCC Science Steering Committees (SSC) that will be selecting experts to serve on the ‘Land’ and ‘Oceans’ Special Reports writing teams. The USGCRP nominations system for this process will be disabled on Monday, 15 May 2017, and a nominations package transmitted on behalf of the U.S. IPCC Focal Point on 17 May. The SSC will complete its work and issue appointment memos in July 2017.
[as approved at the 45th Session of the Panel, Guadalajara, Mexico, 28-31 March 2017]
‘Land’ Special Report
- Summary for Policymakers
- Technical Summary
- Chapter 1. Framing and Context
- Chapter 2. Land-Climate Interactions
- Chapter 3. Desertification
- Chapter 4. Land Degradation
- Chapter 5. Food Security
- Chapter 6. Interlinkages between Desertification, Land Degradation, Food Security, and GHG Fluxes: Synergies, Trade-Offs, and Integrated Response Options
- Chapter 7. Risk Management and Decisionmaking in Relation to Sustainable Development
- Boxes, Case Studies, and FAQs
‘Oceans’ Special Report
- Summary for Policymakers
- Technical Summary
- Chapter 1. Framing and Context of the Report
- Chapter 2. High Mountain Areas
- Chapter 3. Polar Regions
- Chapter 4. Sea-Level Rise and Implications for Low-Lying Islands, Coasts, and Communities
- Chapter 5. Changing Ocean, Marine Ecosystems, and Dependent Communities
- Chapter 6. Extremes, Abrupt Changes, and Managing Risks
- Case Studies, Frequently Asked Questions, and Boxes
- Integrative Cross-Chapter Box: Low-Lying Islands and Coasts
Climate Science Special Report - Public Comment Period
The call for technical inputs for the Fourth National Climate Assessment was open through January 15, 2017. Technical inputs can be submitted through Contribute.
Please refer to the outline (See Appendix below for topics covered in NCA4) to target your submissions. We especially encourage submissions of regional information and information for such topics as case studies, economic valuation, and cross-cutting sectoral research. All scientific literature submitted in response to this call for information must be received by January 15, 2017. For best consideration, please submit by November 1, 2016.
The call for author nominations closed on September 30, 2016.