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Dr. Calvin Gets Selected for International Leadership Role

Dr. Calvin
Dr. Calvin. Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Ibadan, 3, August 2023. – Dr. Kate Calvin, NASA’s chief scientist and senior climate advisor, has become co-chair of a working group on climate change mitigation at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is the United Nations body responsible for assessing the science related to climate change. Prior to the selection, Calvin contributed to five reports by the IPCC. In addition to Dr. Calvin, NASA scientists and researchers have contributed to previous IPCC assessment reports.

The selection means Dr. Calvin will help lead the IPCC over the coming five to seven years, building on the progress of previous co-chairs, as the IPCC continues to provide the science to help understand climate change.

Regarding her role’s scope and capacity, the Chief Scientist said, “As co-chair, I, along with my Malaysian counterpart, will lead the Working Group III contribution to the IPCC over the next five to seven years. This includes leading the preparation of the working group’s reports in the IPCC’s next assessment cycle and providing guidance to the IPCC on the scientific and technical aspects of its work.” Accordingly, the particular working group focuses on climate mitigation, referring to efforts to reduce or cut greenhouse gas emissions, which can have an effect on future warming.

Both NASA and the IPCC provide scientific information on climate change to decision-makers and the public. Furthermore, each IPCC report includes hundreds of authors and thousands of citations. Additionally, NASA scientists and researchers contribute to IPCC reports, both by publishing relevant literature and by serving as authors.

SpaceWatch.Global discussed with Dr. Calvin on its “Space Cafe Radio – from GLOC in Oslo” program in Oslo during the recent GLOC – Global Space Conference on Climate Change.

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