Special report on the ocean and cryosphere to be released in Monaco

The world will be watching closely in September as a major report on climate change is released in Monaco. The IPCC report will provide valuable information on how climate change is affecting ocean, coastal, polar and mountain ecosystems, and will be used in the development of global climate policy.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) on 20th to 23rd September during its 51st Session to be held in the Principality of Monaco. The report is due to be launched on 25th September.

It was prepared by IPCC Working Group I, which assesses the physical science basis of climate change, and Working Group II, which deals with impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.

“We believe this report will help policymakers better understand the changes we are seeing and the risks to lives and livelihoods that may occur with future climate change,” said IPCC Vice-Chair Ko Barrett.

The report assesses the latest scientific literature addressing climate change and the ocean and the cryosphere – water in its solid state such as glaciers and ice sheets. It will add to knowledge on a range of topics from water supplies for people living in high-mountain areas to the risks of sea-level rise for coastal communities as well as other climate-related changes in the two systems that all people on Earth depend upon directly or indirectly.

“This report will discuss how nature and society can respond to the risks climate change poses and achieve climate-resilient development,” said Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.

The IPCC is an international body responsible for scientific analysis of climate change. It was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in order to provide policy-makers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, their impact and future risks, as well as presenting adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Major evaluation reports are published every six to seven years and have included, most recently, the impact of 1.5°C global warming.

Prince Albert will open the 51st Session of the IPCC on 20th September at the Grimaldi Forum. A press conference to present a summary of the report will be held on 25th September at the Oceanographic Museum.