Outreach event on IPCC Activities and Findings

Lautoka (Fiji)

6 Oct 2017


Information Note


The Physical Science Basis and Special report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC
Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I of the IPCC

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Fiji
Hans-Otto Pörtner, IPCC, Co-Chair of Working Group II

Sea level rise
Nathaniel Lee Bindoff, IPCC Author

Extreme events and Managing Risks
Helene Jacot Des Combes, IPCC Author

Overview of the IPCC, its role, mandate, history and the production of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Cycle
Ko Barrett, IPCC Vice-Chair

IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)
Hans-Otto Pörtner, IPCC, Co-Chair of Working Group II

Photo Album
Ko Barrett

Ko Barrett is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where she supervises daily operations and administration of NOAA’s research enterprise. In 2015, Ko Barrett was one of the first women elected to serve as a vice chair of the IPCC. For over 15 years, she has represented the United States on delegations charged with negotiating and adopting scientific assessments undertaken by the IPCC. She has also served for over a decade as a lead negotiator for the United States on the United Nations treaty on climate change. Ko Barrett is widely recognized as an expert on climate policy, particularly on issues related to climate impacts and strategies to help society adapt to a changing world.

Nathaniel Lee BINDOFF

Nathan Bindoff is Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Tasmania in Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, head of Oceans and Crysophere Centre, and associate Director of IMAS. Nathan is physical oceanographer, specializing in ocean climate and the earth’s climate system, with a focus on understanding the causes of change in the oceans. He was the coordinating lead author for the ocean chapter in the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report and Fifth Assessment reports. Nathan and colleagues documented some of the first evidence for changes in the oceans in the Indian, North Pacific, South Pacific and Southern Ocean’s and the first evidence of changes in the Earths hydrological cycle from ocean salinity. His most recent work is on documenting the decline in oxygen content of the oceans and dynamics of the Southern Ocean. He also leads a program on climate futures and is impacts of climate change on Australian climate, in particular, on extreme temperatures, rainfall, runoff, agriculture and ecosystems. He has published more than 115 peer reviewed papers and more than 44 reports.


Dr Helene is a Senior Lecturer in Climate Change Adaptation at The University of the South Pacific with a strong focus on the integration between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction to build resilience of Pacific communities. She developed, and is the course coordinator of, a post-graduate course on disaster risk management under the Post-graduate diploma on climate change. She is a staff of the European Union Pacific Technical Vocational Education and Training on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation Project (EU PacTVET) project where she developed the TVET qualifications on Resilience (Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, CCA&DRR) that are have been endorsed by a regional industry advisory committee. She also supervises several students on different areas of climate change, including the integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. She is a Lead Author on the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Change Climate

Valérie Masson-Delmotte

Valérie Masson-Delmotte is a Co-Chair of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Sixth Assessment cycle. Previously she was a Lead Author in the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and a Coordinating Lead Author in the Working Group I contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report. Valérie is a senior scientist from Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, with an initial background in fluid physics. Her research interests are focused on quantifying and understanding changes in climate and water cycle, using analyses from ice cores in Greenland, Antarctica and Tibet, analyses from tree-rings as well as present-day monitoring, and climate modelling for the past and the future. She has worked across different timescales on issues such as natural climate variability and mechanisms of climate response to natural and anthropogenic forcing, polar amplification, climate feedbacks, abrupt climate change, ice sheet vulnerability. She is active in outreach for a broad range of audiences and events and has contributed to several books on climate change issues (latest: Groenland, climat, écologie et société, CNRS éditions, 2016). Nature journal listed her in the top 10 people that matter in science in 2018. She has received several prizes (Medaille d’argent du CNRS, 2019; European Union Descartes Prize for the EPICA project, 2008; Women scientist Irène Joliot Curie Prize, 2013; Tinker-Muse Prize for science and policy in Antarctica, 2015; Thomson Highly Cited Researcher since 2014; Prix Jean Perrin for scientific outreach from Société Française de Physique, 2016).

Hans-Otto Pörtner

Hans-Otto Pörtner is a Co-Chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Sixth Assessment cycle. He studied at Münster and Düsseldorf Universities where he received his PhD qualifying in Animal Physiology. As a Research and then Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council he worked at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, Nova Scotia, Canada and at the Lovelace Medical Foundation, Albuquerque, USA. Currently he is Professor and Head of the Department of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany. He acts as an associate editor ‘Physiology’ for Marine Biology and as a co-editor of the Journal of Thermal Biology. He was Honorary International Associate Member of the Society for Integrative Biology, USA, between 2006 and 2013. He gave the Peter Hochachka Memorial Lecture at University of British Columbia in 2007, the Plymouth Marine Lecture in 2013, and the Bidder Lecture of the Society for Experimental Biology in Florence, 2018. During the IPCC Fourth Assessment Cycle he served as Lead Author on the Working Group III Special Report on Carbon Capture and Storage, and during AR5 as Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 6 (Ocean Systems) of the Working Group II Report, as a member of the author teams for the Working Group II Summary for Policymakers and Technical Summary, as well as a member of the Core Writing Team for the Synthesis Report. His research interests include the effects of climate warming, ocean acidification, and hypoxia on marine animals and ecosystems with a focus on the links between ecological, physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms limiting tolerance and shaping biogeography and ecosystem functioning. He is a Clarivate Analytics highly cited researcher 2018.

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