Five Spanish experts on climate change to write reports for UN-sponsored body

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Five Spanish experts on climate change to write reports for UN-sponsored body

Cover of one of the IPCC reports on climate change 2014.
Cover of one of the IPCC reports on climate change 2014.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has asked five Spanish scientists to make contributions to the special reports on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.

IPCC is planning to write three special reports for an updated outlook of the effects of climate change. The first of them, to be published in September 2018, will analyse the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels.

The other two reports will be published in September 2019, focusing on the impacts of global change on land and oceans. This is where the experts from our country will make their contributions.

The Special Report on Climate Change and Land will analyse desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. It will be prepared by 103 authors from 52 countries, among whom are María José Sanz, Scientific Director of the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), who will write about the impacts of climate change on land; José Manuel Moreno, Professor of Ecology at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), who will discuss land degradation; and Marta Rivera-Ferré, researcher at Universitat de Vic (UVic-UCC), in charge of the section on food security.

The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, focusing on marine ecosystems, will be prepared by 101 experts from 41 countries. The Spanish authors in this volume are Javier Arístegui, researcher at the Oceanography and Global Change Institute (IOCAG), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), and Íñigo Losada, Research Director at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute of the University of Cantabria (IHCantabria).