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Informing international climate change policy: The work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Since 1988 the IPCC has produced five comprehensive Assessment Reports and several Special Reports on specific topics requested by governments. IPCC reports are policy-relevant but not policy-prescriptive. Each report has fed into international climate change policymaking, with AR5 playing an important role in informing the Paris Agreement. The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle, during which it will produce a number of reports and other products. The first of these will be a Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C, requested by the UNFCCC after the Paris Agreement. This report will be agreed in September 2018, in time for COP24. This seminar will give an insider’s view into the IPCC and how it works, talk about what products will come out during the 6th Assessment cycle, and discuss how science and scientists can contribute to IPCC assessments and to policymaking more broadly.


Dr Marion Ferrat is Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement for IPCC Working Group III, the Working Group tasked with assessing the science related to climate change mitigation. She previously worked as specialist on the Energy and Climate Change Committee at the House of Commons, providing scientific and analytical advice and support for MPs scrutinising energy and climate change policy. She also led on parliamentary engagement and capacity building programmes in Brazil, Morocco and most recently in Myanmar, where she was based for seven months in 2016-2017. She previously worked at Beijing Normal University as a research scientist focussing on land-atmosphere interactions and carbon emissions. She holds a Masters in Geophysics, a PhD in palaeoclimatology and climate modelling and a Masters in Science Communication from Imperial College London.