Guatemala hosts a virtual IPCC lead author meeting
Guatemala was ready to receive a couple of hundred experts on climate change impacts and adaptation for the 4th lead author meeting of the IPCC. Given the current health situation affecting everywhere in the planet, and as many other scientific events, the meeting location migrated to be held online. The virtual Lead Author Meeting (LAM) took place over the range of two weeks in March 2021, where more than 260 experts from over 60 countries made the best to contribute to the meetings that were scheduled along the day (and night!). Even though the LAM was virtual, Guatemala hosted several events on climate change impacts and policies, gave a nice welcoming and we could learn also from local music and recipes.
Thanks to a carefully designed technical support from the IPCC, nice meeting platforms and the engagement of all working group II participants from all over the world, the meeting was a success. However, despite discussions and decisions can be made from the distance, a two week meeting was long, exhausting and hard to collate with house and family duties.
Next steps are now to address and reply to the thousands of reviewer comments we have got from the second order draft, in the following three months. After the summer, a final version will be submitted for the Oceans chapter (and the rest), which will be finally released in the 6th Assessment Report, early in 2022. Looking forward that date and the potential impact that this report can have on changing international climate policy.
CATEGORIES: Collaborations, Elena Ojea, IPCC, Research