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By Rebecca Andrews / The Daily UW

The UW has been a leader in research for many years with projects ranging from the Earth’s core to the stars, spanning all seven continents and all five oceans. It receives over $160 million annually to conduct its research on climate, ecology, natural resource management, marine science, earth science, and space. Research and accurate reporting is vital to understanding the world and the climate as it is rapidly changing, and the effects this will have on daily lives.

Four faculty, chosen for their expertise, were selected to play a role in the world’s authoritative report on climate change.

Every few years, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) does a climate assessment report that looks at how the climate is changing. It gathers experts from around the world to collaborate on its sixth assessment report, which is expected to take about three years. The fifth assessment report, which was completed in 2014, had two UW science professors as lead authors.

After receiving 2,585 expert nominations from 105 countries, the IPCC chose 721 experts from 90 countries based on their capabilities to become lead authors, coordinating lead authors, and review editors.

The IPCC is vital to inform our responses to climate change, and the four UW faculty members were chosen to either write or edit the sixth assessment report created by the IPCC.

Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and Director of the UW Center for Health and the Global Environment; and Jeremy Hess, Associate Professor of Global Health, Emergency Medicine, and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; were selected to contribute.


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