Call for Nominations of Canadian Experts – Scoping Meeting for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)

Deadline: October 27th 2016

This is a call for nominations of Canadian experts to be considered for participation in the scoping meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

The scoping meeting will be held tentatively during the week of May 1-5, 2017 (venue to be confirmed). It will result in a draft scoping paper and an annotated outline, which will be considered at the IPCC’s 46th Session in September 2017. Following approval of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report outline, a call for authors will be launched.

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS: If you wish to be nominated for participation in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report scoping meeting,please complete the attached nomination form (both tabs) and return it along with your short Curriculum Vitae (max. 4 pages, in English) to by 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time on October 27, 2016.Please use the following format to name files: LastName_FirstInitial.xls.

SELECTION PROCESS: Nominations will be assessed and submitted to the IPCC by the IPCC Focal Point for Canada. Restrictions on the number of Canadian nominees may be imposed based on nominees’ qualifications, as well as financial or other considerations. The IPCC Secretariat for Canada will inform successful candidates of their nomination status. Individuals selected to partake in the scoping meeting will be notified directly by the IPCC in February 2017. The Government of Canada may provide financial assistance for the travel expenses of selected experts.

EXPERTISE: Scoping Meeting participants should have a broad understanding of climate change and related issues, and should collectively have expertise in the following areas.  While the final outline for the Sixth Assessment Report may not include all areas listed below, broad expertise is solicited in order to determine robust areas for consideration.

Working Group I

  • Climate system (atmosphere, ocean, land surface, cryosphere): observations (past and present), processes, and interactions.
  • Natural and anthropogenic drivers of climate change (land use, well-mixed greenhouse gases, short-lived forcers including aerosols), carbon and other biogeochemical cycles.
  • Climate modelling, model evaluation, predictions, scenarios and projections, detection and attribution, on global and regional scales.
  • Earth system feedbacks and dynamical responses, including abrupt change.
  • Climate variability, climate phenomena and teleconnections, extremes and implications for regional climate.

Working Group II

  • Impacts on and vulnerability of natural and managed systems (land, freshwater and oceans) including genetics, physiology and regional ecosystem expertise.
  • Palaeo and historical views of natural, managed and human systems across regions.
  • Impacts, vulnerability and risks for sectors including fisheries, agriculture, tourism, transport, resource extraction, energy.
  • Impacts, vulnerability and risks for human systems including health and wellbeing, indigenous and cultural, livelihoods, poverty.
  • Impacts, vulnerability and risks for settlements, including rural, urban, cities, and those on small islands and in coastal areas, and related systems and processes including food, economic and energy security, migration.
  • Adaptation needs, options, opportunities, constraints and influencing factors including contributions from psychology, sociology, and anthropology.
  • Approaches for adaptation to climate change: ecosystem and community based adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and early warning systems.
  • Socio-cultural, anthropological and psychological background of making and implementing decisions.

Working Group III

  • Socio-economic scenarios, modelling and transitions at the global, regional, national and local scales including integrated assessment approaches.
  • Energy systems including supply and energy demand sectors (e.g., industry, transport, buildings).
  • Mitigation responses in agriculture, forestry, land use and waste.
  • Consumption patterns, human behavior and greenhouse gas emissions, including economic, psychological, sociological and cultural aspects.
  • Policies, agreements and instruments at the international, national and subnational levels, including those at the city level.
  • Technology innovation, transfer and deployment.
  • Financial aspects of response options.

Cross-cutting areas of expertise

  • Co-benefits, risks and co-costs of mitigation and adaptation, including interactions and trade-offs, technological and financial challenges and options.
  • Ethics and equity: climate change, sustainable development, gender, poverty eradication, livelihoods, and food security.
  • Perception of risks and benefits of climate change, adaptation and mitigation options, and societal responses, including psychological and sociological aspects.
  • Climate engineering, greenhouse gas removal, and associated feedbacks and impacts.
  • Regional and sectorial climate information.
  • Epistemology and different forms of climate related knowledge and data, including indigenous and practice-based knowledge.

IPCC SELECTION CRITERIA: scientific, technical and socio-economic expertise, including the range of views; geographical representation; a mixture of experts with and without previous experience in IPCC; gender balance; experts with a background from relevant stakeholder and user groups, including governments.


IPCC Secretariat for Canada

Science & Technology Branch
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Government of Canada
200 Sacré-Coeur Blvd, 11th Floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3