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In-session workshop on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Information note by the secretariat

I. Mandate and background
The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), at its twenty-seventh session, requested the secretariat to organize a workshop, with the participation of IPCC experts, on the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (FCCC/SBSTA/2007/16, para. 50).
At the same session, the SBSTA invited Parties to submit their views on the AR4 (FCCC/SBSTA/2007/16, para. 51). Nine such submissions were received and have been compiled by the secretariat in document FCCC/SBSTA/2008/MISC.2.
II. Purpose of the workshop
The workshop was held with the aim of facilitating the exchange of information among Parties about the contents of the AR4.
The workshop addressed the findings from the AR4 of the IPCC, as well as new findings that have resulted from the work of the IPCC since the publication of the 4AR. In this context, the workshop also addressed the findings included in a Technical Paper by the IPCC on Climate Change and Water, which was recently released (April 2008).
III. Date and venue
The twenty-eight session of the SBSTA was held in Bonn, Germany, from 4–13 June 2008. The workshop was held on June 6.
IV. Organization of work
During the workshop, experts from the IPCC provided presentations on the work of the three Working Groups (WGs) of the IPCC. The presentations addressed the science of climate change, mitigation and adaptation; the presentations focused on recent work and new findings of the IPCC, and on relevant aspects of the AR4 to the Nairobi Work Programme.
Between 15:00 and 18:00, lead authors and experts from the IPCC were available, in an informal setting, to answer questions regarding the AR4.
V. Expected outcome
A summary report of the workshop will be prepared by the secretariat, to be presented to the SBSTA at its twenty-ninth session.
Mr. Thomas Stocker - The Physical Science Basis Latest Findings (1329 kB)
Ms. Jean Palutikov - Technical Paper: Climate Change and Water (40 kB)
Mr. Peter Stott - Observed and projected changes in climate as they relate to water (1515 kB)
Ms. Jean Palutikov - Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability: Working Group II material (1989 kB)
Mr. Shardul Agrawala - Findings on Adaptation Planning and Practices in the WG2 AR4 of Relevance to the NWP (519 kB)
Mr. Michel den Elzen - Emission reduction trade-offs for meeting concentration (1299 kB)
Mr. Bert Metz - Implications of stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations (940 kB)
European Union - EU comments on implications of IPCC AR4 (76 kB)