At its 43rd Session (Nairobi, Kenya, 11 – 13 April 2016), the IPCC Panel decided to prepare
a special report on climate change and the oceans and the cryosphere.
The scoping meeting that prepared the draft outline for the report was held on 6 - 9 December 2016 in Monaco.
During its 45th Session (Guadalajara, Mexico, 28 - 31 March 2017), the Panel approved the outline of the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)
to be finalized in September 2019.
The Special Report will be developed under the joint scientific leadership of Working Groups I and II with support from the WGII Technical Support Unit.
Authors and Review Editors
A call for nomination of authors was sent to governments, observer organizations
and IPCC Bureau Members on 5 April 2017. They were asked to submit their nominations via their focal points before Wednesday, 17 May 2017 (midnight CEST) using the online portal.
The IPCC has selected the author teams that will prepare its
Special Report's on Climate Change and Land and on the Ocean and
Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. The selected experts will take on
roles of Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors – who will
draft each individual chapter - and Review Editors, who will
ensure that comments by experts and Governments are given appropriate
consideration as the report develops. The teams will now work together
to begin the process to produce the reports, set to be finalized in
The full list of Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and
Review Editors is here.
The Scientific Steering Committee for the scoping of the Special Report on climate change and the oceans and the cryosphere circulated a questionnaire
to IPCC Focal Points and Observer Organizations on 7 October 2016 with a closing date for responses of 7 November 2016. A total number of 44 pre-scoping questionnaire responses were submitted, with 28 submissions from
developed countries and 16 from developing countries or economies on transition. More information on the results of the questionaire is available in the report of the scoping meeting here.
About 100 experts from 40 countries met on 6 - 9 December 2016 in Monaco and prepared a draft outline of the Special Report on climate change and the oceans and the cryosphere. The draft was considered by the Panel during its 45th Session at the end of March 2017.
All the details of the scoping meeting are available in the scoping meeting report.
Graphics and statistical reports concerning the initial nominations and shortlisting of each stage are available in the public portal
Statistical reports include nominations by:
- Adopted outline
- IPCC-XLV/Doc. 6 - Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Products - Outline of the Special Report on climate change and oceans and the cryosphere
- IPCC-XLV/INF. 2 - Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Products - Outline of the Special Report on climate change and oceans and the cryosphere
- IPCC-XLIII/INF. 7: Special Reports - Proposed themes for Special Reports during the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle
- IPCC-XLIII/INF. 8: Special Reports Commentary from the Co-chairs of Working Groups I, II and III on each of the proposals for Special Reports contained in document IPCC-XLIII/INF. 7
- IPCC-XLIII/INF. 9: Special Reports - Commentary from the Co-Chairs of Working Groups I, II and III on clusters of proposals for Special Reports contained in document IPCC-XLIII/INF. 7
- IPCC-XLIII/INF. 19: Sixth Assessment Report Products - Information document