ASM Fellows’ Lecture: Climate Change: Old News, New Threats! IPCC Fifth Assessment Report-The Physical Basis

You are cordially invited to ASM Fellows’ Lecture by Professor Dr Fredolin Tangang FASc

Climate Change: Old News New Threats!
IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Basis”

11 October 2013 ; 9.30 am ; ASM

Prof. Fredolin Tangang, FASc
IPCC Working Group I Vice-Chair

Abstract

The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Basis” constitutes the IPCC’s latest assessment of the physical aspects of climate change. Build upon the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) and incorporating the information on weather and climate extremes from the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), this report presents new evidence of past and future climate change based on many independent scientific analyses including from observations of the climate system, paleoclimate archives, theoretical studies of climate processes and simulations using climate models from the past seven years of research. It represents a comprehensive assessment of scientific body of knowledge on the physical basis of climate change with 14 chapters including several new ones on sea level change, on the carbon cycle and on climate phenomena such as monsoon and El Niño and their relevance for future regional climate change. There is also an assessment of the science of clouds and aerosols and both near-term and long-term climate change projections. The report also features the Atlas of Global and Regional Climate Projections (Annex I) that enhances accessibility for users and stakeholders. The Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the report will be presented for approval at the 12th Session of the WG1 Meeting in Stockholm Sweden, 23-26 September 2013. This lecture highlights key findings of the report and discusses their relevance to Malaysia and the Southeast Asia region.

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