An open letter to the IPCC secretariat

UPDATE: 07/19/2013 In what may (or may not) be record time, I have now received a response from the IPCC, albeit not directly from the Secretariat -hro

In a post last week, I had commented on a review that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had conducted of its own “future” in 2008. This was precipitated by my fruitless search for references to a more recent call for submissions on the same subject, as was indicated by the Dutch government’s posting of their response via the KNMI site.

A second submission (pdf) has now emerged from the U.K. government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which was evidently prepared in consultation with “the devolved administrations, other relevant UK government departments, and UK based Review Editors (RE) and Coordinating Lead Authors (CLA) of the AR5.” [h/t Marcel Crok]

Needless to say this far less substantive response from the U.K. does not measure up to that of the Netherlands. But it did contain some hints as to what might have been included in this call for submissions. One of the U.K. recommendations was that the IPCC should form a “Task Group” – and we all know what happens as a result of an IPCC Task Group’s recommendations!

I was still unable to find anything on the IPCC site pertaining to this preface to yet another makeover exercise. So I decided to send the following letter:

From: Hilary Ostrov [mailto:hostrov@xxxx]
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2013 1:34 PM
To: ‘IPCC-Sec@xxxx’
Subject: Open Letter re IPCC’s call for submissions on “The Future of the IPCC”
Importance: High

Open Letter to IPCC Secretariat

Dear Sir/Madam,

I understand from some documents recently posted on the Internet that the IPCC has invited submissions on “The Future of the IPCC”.

From one of these documents, it appears that the invitation constituted a “request for views to inform the scope and timescale of its post Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) review process” and that the invitation included a “timescale” and a “background paper” so that respondents might address the question of “What should be the process and timeline for the consideration of and decisions with regards to the future of the IPCC?”

One might presume that these submissions will be discussed during the 36th Session of IPCC scheduled for September 2013. However, the “Provisional Agenda” for this meeting does not appear to include such discussion.

Knowing the IPCC’s commitment to openness and transparency, I find it unfortunate that I’ve been unable to locate anything on the IPCC website related to this invitation and background paper, in order to share such details with the readers of my blog.

So I was wondering if you would kindly remedy this apparent oversight by providing the appropriate link(s) and/or copies of the relevant documents – as well as an indication of

a) the recipients of this invitation; and

b) when all the submissions received by whatever deadline might have been established will be made available to the public on the IPCC site

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention and reply.

Hilary Ostrov


Hilary Ostrov
E-mail: hostrov@xxxx
Blog: The View From Here

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this missive ;-)

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