In Their Own Words
Speculating about what goes on at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is one thing. Reading firsthand accounts is another.
In 2010 232 people completed a questionnaire distributed by a committee investigating the IPCC. In December 2010, those answers were released into the public domain. (After the names of the respondents were removed, the answers were compiled in a 3-megabyte, 678-page PDF available here from the InterAcademy Council website.)
Each questionnaire begins with the individual declaring what roles s/he has played in the IPPC process. In some cases, questionnaire respondents were interested observers of the IPCC process. In others, their involvement was limited to that of expert reviewer.
I have focused my attention on a subset of the answers – the ones that were provided by IPCC insiders. This includes:
- contributing authors
- lead authors
- coordinating/convening lead authors
- review editors
- IPCC bureau members (responsible for the overall coordination of IPCC reports)
In a continuing series of blog posts, I examine what these insiders tell us about the IPCC. Is everyone really a top-notch, world-class expert? Do they all trust the climate models? What do they really think of chairman Rajendra Pachauri?