The University of Reading is the most represented institution globally in the first working group of authors chosen to produce the next world-leading climate change report.

Chukwumerijes Okereke, Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science and an Associate Director of the Reading Centre for Climate and Justice, will be a coordinating lead author for Working Group III. The 226 authors in this group will assess options for reducing the rate at which climate change is taking place. Professor Okereke is also an Associate Director of the Reading Centre for Climate and Justice.

Professor Okereke said: “The IPCC reports play a crucial role in guiding world’s governments on the range of actions needed to combat global climate change. I am delighted to have been selected to play a leading role in the next round of the global assessment and I look forward to working with colleagues from around the world to produce a comprehensive and robust scientific assessment in 2022.”

Six Reading researchers in the Department of Meteorology have also been named as lead authors in Working Group I for the 6th Assessment Report (AR6) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Professor Richard Allan, Professor Nigel Arnell, Dr Nicolas Bellouin, Professor Bill Collins, Professor Ed Hawkins and Dr Andrew Turner are among 232 scientists in Working Group I, which will assess the latest scientific evidence on how climate is changing and could change in the future.

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