University of Queensland Scientist named Coordinating Lead Author for next IPCC report

Go Ove!

The Director of UQ’s Global Change Institute, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, has been selected as the Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 30, “Open Oceans”, to the Working Group II (WGII) contribution of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), scheduled for completion in 2013-2014, will be the next comprehensive assessment of all aspects of climate change by the IPCC.

UQ Vice-Chancellor & President Professor Paul Greenfield said Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was an excellent scientist and a fine choice by the IPCC.

“Ove has pioneered knowledge of the links between climate change and coral reefs,” Professor Greenfield said.

“His service to the IPCC will exemplify how UQ researchers can help communities around the world understand and manage the most challenging issues.”

The IPCC Working Group II assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change, and options for adapting to its consequences.

Coordinating Lead Authors play a leading role in ensuring that any cross-cutting scientific or technical issues, which may involve several sections of a report, are addressed in a complete and coherent manner and reflect the latest information available.

The author teams will conduct the scientific-technical assessment using procedures that emphasise comprehensiveness, scientific independence, openness, thorough review and transparency.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg has published works that include over 180 refereed publications and book chapters and is one of the most cited authors within the peer-reviewed literature on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems.

Other Coordinating Lead Authors from Australia in Working Group II include:

• Roger Jones, Victoria University, Ch. 2, “Foundations for Decision Making”
• Ian Noble, The World Bank, Ch. 14, “Adaptation Needs and Options”
• Roger Kitching, Griffith University, Ch. 25, “Australasia”
• Roger McLean, University of New South Wales, Ch. 29 “Small Islands”

A number of other Australians have also been selected to participate in WGII as Contributing Authors and Reviewing Editors, as the work on the Fifth Assessment Report progresses.

A full list of the authors may be accessed at
More information about the IPCC’s 5AR may be found at

5 thoughts on “University of Queensland Scientist named Coordinating Lead Author for next IPCC report

  1. Rachel, I heard this was pretty much across every sector, however, its the first time I’ve heard it as much as 40%.

    Ive never worked in a place where this is the case (females paid less) & at my place, I dont pay males anymore than females. Female accountants earn the same as the male, female programmers earn the same as the male & female tech support earn the same as the male. Ive even seen & discussed the books of many of my clients & I havent seen it there either.

    I guess people on the ground ( scientists) would be the best people to comment on your particular story. But I havent seen it or heard of it in my profession.

  2. It was only a matter of time before the IPCC asked him. After all, they need as many AGW promoters as they possibly can.

  3. Talking about the IPCC, I see IPCC chair Dr Pachauri will be on the Gold coast this week for the Climate adaption futures conference.

    The program looks like its jam packed with scientists/speakers.

    Why aren’t we seeing some of the many scientists at this conference, making guest posts/appearances on this or the many other pro AGW blogs? If they are going to stand up & talk for 30 mins, then surely they can write a short post as well to the blog masses. This is just one conference & there is literally dozens of scientists……..whereas at a Heartland, Cato, CEI , Monckton or Watts conference, they are lucky to get 2-3. Which pretty much reflects reality.

    Maybe Bolt could get down there with a placard. “I might not be a scientist, but I study these things”…..ah…yeahhhhh right. Rolls eyes.

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