IPCC Special Report on the Oceans and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

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IPCC Special Report on the Oceans and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

Regine Hock-2
Dear cryolist colleagues,

an IPCC Special Report on the Oceans and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate is currently being written and to be completed and published by the end of 2019. The report assesses the relevant literature on this topic with focus on literature since the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and includes both the physical and human aspects. Relevant chapters for the cryosphere include chapters on Mountains, Polar Regions and Sea-level rise. The report outline can be found here: http://ipcc.ch/meetings/session45/Decision_Outline_SR_Oceans.pdf

The First-Order draft is due on 20 April 2018. Any publications to be considered in the final report must be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal at the latest by 15 October 2018 and accepted at the latest by 15 May 2019.

If you are aware of any relevant peer-reviewed literature, not yet published, but expected to be published in time for possible inclusion in the report you may consider bringing it to the attention of a relevant lead author as soon as possible.
List of lead authors: http://www.ipcc.ch/report/authors/report.authors.php?q=33&p=

Also, the report will focus on the following time periods as reference periods in reporting past and future cryospheric changes. These periods are not prescriptive but an attempt to standardize results throughout the report.

Standardization of time periods
•       Pre-industrial reference: 1850-1900 (SR1.5)
•       Recent past reference: 1986-2005 (AR5)
•       Present day : ~2005-2015 (SROCC)
•       Near-term : 2031-2050 (SROCC)
•       End of Century : 2081-2100 (AR5)
Scenarios RCP2.6, RCP8.5 to bracket
if global warming levels are considered, 1.5°C and 2°C are preferred.

Also, please consider providing an expert review of the First Order Draft (4 May - 29 June). Review registration will open in April 2018 and a link available on the IPCC website.

Best wishes
Regine Hock & Golam Rasul 
Carolina Adler, Miriam Jackson, Stephan Gruber, Yukuki Hirabayashi, Andy Kaeaeb, Chichang Kang, Stanislav Kutuzov, Alexander Milner, Ulf Molau, Samuel Morin, Ben Orlove
(Lead author team of the Mountain chapter)


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Regine Hock
Geophysical Institute
University of Alaska
2156 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7320
ph: 907 - 474 7691
fax: 907 - 474 5882
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