Nobel winner says ‘important’ for IPCC to see landmark climate snapshots
From the June 2012 edition of Agriculture Today.
At a forum at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra, Mark Howden (top) and Andrew Moore discuss possible effects on livestock enterprises of climate predictions by Southern Livestock Adaptation research, which they will report to the IPCC. (Photos: Ron Aggs)
Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Mark Howden says it is important to convey results of a landmark Australian climate impacts and adaptation project to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Dr Howden (pictured top), an Australian contributor to the IPCC and CSIRO’s leader of their adaptive primary industries, enterprises and communities theme said the Southern Livestock Adaptation (SLA) project is “innovative, thorough and well engaged with the farming community”.
“It’s a well run example of how to bring the practical knowledge of farmers together with specific scientific understanding,” Dr Howden said after attending a review in at CSIRO in Canberra of recently published results of the modelling project.
Dr Howden is a member of the IPCC’s Working Group for Impacts and Adaptation, which collates reports from all over the globe about various aspects of climate and interprets the ways they all relate and interact.
“SLA is talking about the impacts we’ll start seeing in Australia and [CSIRO’s] Andrew Moore is keen to document the results along with the other participants in the project,” he said.
Dr Moore (pictured bottom), who leads the CSIRO contribution to the project, says the aim would be to publish the work in time for inclusion in the IPCC’s fifth assessment report in 2014.
Dr Howden said “in this case it could also be published as ‘grey’ literature, available publicly and lodged as a PDF on the IPCC database so it can be subsequently referred to”.
Dr Howden was a major contributor to the IPCC second, third and fourth assessment reports, the IPCC Regional Impacts Report and the IPCC Special Report on land use, land use change and forestry that addressed issues of carbon sequestration and the Kyoto Protocol.
He shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC authors and former US Vice President Al Gore.
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