Three scientists from the Palo Alto-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have been chosen to be lead authors on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment.
Scientists Richard Richels, Geoffrey Blanford and Steven Rose will be on the team for the Working Group III Report titled "Mitigation of Climate Change."
They will be among 831 experts from around the globe selected from more than 3,000 nominations to serve on the Fifth Assessment.
Clay Perry, senior media relations manager for EPRI, said it is an international honor for the scientists selected as well as for EPRI to have them on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) team.
The IPCC was established by the United Nations Environmental Programme and the World Meteorological Organization to provide a comprehensive scientific view on the current status and potential consequences of climate change. The findings of their experts are compiled in regular Assessment Reports.
Since 1990, Assessment Reports similar to the Fifth Assessment Report have been filed by the IPCC roughly every five or six years. The most recent of these reports was the 4th Assessment, published in 2007. Synthesis reports are published, pending panel approval, synthesize the material presented in the Assessment Reports. Synthesis reports "are written in a non-technical manner suitable for policymakers," according to the IPCC website.
"The IPCC makes assessments and influences the direction that governments try to go to direct issues of climate change," Perry said . He said the idea behind the assessments is to form a consensus among all countries that global warming is occurring and is an issue.
Perry said the work of the EPRI scientists has little to do with the policy aspect of the IPCC but rather focuses on the science aspects. Richels, Blanford and Rose will be looking at greenhouse-gas emissions and climate change for the Working Group III Report.
"The Working Group III assesses options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing activities that remove them from the atmosphere."
The completed Fifth Assessment Report is expected to be published between 2013 and 2014 with a Synthesis Report published in 2014, Perry said.