IPCC SROCC and International Mountains Conference 2019

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IPCC SROCC and International Mountains Conference 2019


Dear Mountain Cryosphere Researchers,


Many of you may be aware of the call to review the Second Order Draft (SOD) of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The SROCC has its Chapter 2 dedicated to “High Mountain Areas” which covers the wide range from physical drivers to ecological and sociological impacts.


Beyond its own scope, the SROCC Chapter 2 will become a basis for a newly introduced Cross-Chapter-Paper on Mountains in the IPCC WG2 AR6 (https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-ii/). It will be crucial for the respective Lead Authors to rely on the products from the research community which may identify gaps in the SROCC state of the art and close (some of) them for the WG2 AR6. Deadlines for accepting papers for the WG2 AR6 and therefore the Cross-Chapter-Paper on Mountains are 1 July 2020 (cut-off date for ‘submitted papers’) and 15 May 2021 (cut-off date for ‘accepted papers’).


The International Mountain Conference 2019 to be held in Innsbruck from 8 – 12 September 2019 (IMC 2019, https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/imc2019/index.html.en) provides a timely opportunity and suitable setting to develop valuable state of the art sectoral or regional review or assessment papers to support the WG2 AR6 Cross-Chapter-Paper on Mountains.


We therefore encourage you very much to:

  1. Act as reviewers for the SROCC SOD and to be part of a joint effort to support a strong Mountain paper in AR6. You can register as a reviewer via https://www.ipcc.ch/apps/comments/srocc/sod/register.php. The deadline for providing comments is 11 January 2019;
  2. Identify the potential for contributing to the Mountain Paper in WG2 AR6, form strong peer groups and make use of the IMC 2019 to coordinate and start compiling and writing papers (abstract submission deadline: 10 February 2019).


We thank you very much for your consideration, participation and collaboration!

For any questions regarding the IPCC process feel free to ask:

Carolina Adler ([hidden email])

Christian Huggel ([hidden email])

Georg Kaser ([hidden email])


For any questions regarding the IMC 2019 contact:

Wolfgang Gurgiser ([hidden email])

Georg Kaser ([hidden email])


With best Season’s Greetings and the very best wishes for the New Year!

Carolina, Christian, Wolfgang and Georg

Dr Carolina Adler
Executive Director

Mountain Research Initiative
CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland
T: +41 (0)31 631 51 41 | E: [hidden email]

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