InterAcademy Council Names IPCC Review Committee


The InterAcademy Council (IAC), an organization of the world’s science academies, announced May 3 that Harold T. Shapiro, an economist and former president of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, will chair a 12-member committee to conduct an independent review of the procedures and processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The review was requested in April by the United Nations.

The committee will review IPCC procedures for preparing its assessment reports. Among the issues to be reviewed are data quality assurance and control; the type of literature that may be cited in IPCC reports; expert and government review of IPCC materials; handling of the full range of scientific views; and the correction of errors that are identified after a report has been completed. The committee also will review overall IPCC processes, including management functions and communication strategies (the full statement of task is available at The IAC plans to deliver a peer-reviewed report with the committee’s findings and recommendations to the U.N. by Aug. 30…. with the intention of informing an October meeting for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report….

IAC announcement here.

Andy Revkin raised some interesting issues about this review in a May 3 post on DotEarth.

And we appreciate the kind words from the author of Comment #2 on that post.

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