Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has launched the full version of its contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.
This definitive assessment is the result of years of intensive work by leading experts in the field, including PML's Dr Carol Turley. It provides the most comprehensive look to date at the widespread impacts and risks of climate change and the opportunities for response.
The full version of the Working Group II report includes a Summary for Policymakers, a Technical Summary, 30 assessment chapters, cross-chapter boxes, frequently asked questions, and high-resolution graphics.
PML's Dr Carol Turley was a Review Editor on the report for Chapter 30, 'The Ocean'. Dr Turley commented 'I am pleased that after the tremendous efforts of all those involved, the full version of the contribution of Working Group II has been released. This is a crucial step forward in recognising that the ocean is under considerable stress from warming, acidification and deoxygenation, which have potentially serious consequences for marine ecosystems and the goods and services they provide for humanity.'
The report characterizes what is known and what is not known about impacts of climate changes that have already occurred and risks of future impacts. It integrates information about the full range of possible climate outcomes, as well as the role of vulnerability in humans and ecosystems.
Dr Turley is looking forward to the release of the full IPCC synthesis report which is due to be released 1 November 2015.