The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options. The IPCC is divided into three Working Groups and a Task Force. Working Group I (WGI) deals with The Physical Science Basis of Climate Change, Working Group II (WGII) with Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability and Working Group III (WGIII) with Mitigation of Climate Change.

This survey, which is being sent out by the Technical Support Unit for WGI, deals only with the findings related to the physical science basis of climate change. If you are not familiar with the IPCC Working Group I, please visit: https://www.ipcc.ch/working-group/wg1/ .

Periodically, in response to requests from the governmental delegates within the UN system that make up the IPCC, WGI releases reports assessing the physical scientific basis of the climate system. These reports ( typically +1000 pages) contains:
-        A Summary for Policy Makers (~15 pages)
-        A Technical Summary (~ 70 pages)
-        Chapters with in-depth analysis (~ 1000 pages).

WGI is currently preparing its input into the IPCC 6th assessment report (AR6). The AR6 is scheduled for publication in 2021. As part of this work, a Technical Summary will be included, as in past assessment reports. To ensure that this Technical Summary is useful to a wide range of users, we would appreciate your input.

If you are not already familiar with the IPCC WGI’s work, it may be helpful to look at the last Technical Summary of the 5th Assessment Report (TS AR5), and the outline for the upcoming report (AR6).

The deadline for responses is midnight (CET) 15 December 2019. Thank you.

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* 1. Which type of institution do you represent?

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* 2. Please indicate the country in which you work or your organization is most active (pick all that apply).  Here is a map (scroll to bottom of page) showing the regions listed below.

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* 3. Does your response represent your own expert opinion or is this response on behalf of your organization or institution?

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* 4. Are you familiar with the Technical Summary of Working Group I? The Technical Summary of the 5th assessment report is here (TS AR5).

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* 5. To better ensure that the Technical Summary will be of service to you, we are seeking inputs on your needs.

Please indicate the top three items you would consider the “value-added” of a Technical Summary. In other words, what would be the role or function that the Technical Summary should serve.

Feel free to pose your response as questions that the Technical Summary should answer. Note, that all items in the Technical Summary must be supported by the findings in the WGI (physical science basis) chapters for AR6. Please respond in 1200 characters or less.

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* 6. Once the role of the Technical Summary for WGI is refined, it will be easier to determine its priority elements. Please indicate which of the following items you would like to see included the Technical Survey. Please rank your top 5 items (the next question allows for additional items to be considered).

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* 7. Would you like to suggest other topics that could potentially be treated in the Technical Summary?

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* 8. If you have or expect to use the WGI Technical Summary of the AR6 how would this Summary of the physical science basis of climate change impact your institution, area of concern and/or field of expertise? Please respond in 1200 characters or less.

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* 9. We would like to make the Technical Summary for WGI as user friendly as possible, while still respecting IPCC guidelines and decisions. Any other suggestions you would have on how to improve on the Technical Summary are welcome. Again, the outline for the upcoming report (AR6) may provide some useful guidance.

Please respond in 1500 characters or less.

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* 10. Please provide us with your email if you would like IPCC WGI updates.

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