Climate change

UNM Physics and Astronomy hosts symposium on new climate change report : UNM Newsroom

University of New Mexico climatologist David Gutzler lectures at a physics and astronomy symposium on Volume 2 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published, assessing climate change impacts and adaptation strategies.

The discussion takes place on Friday 4 March at 3.30 p.m. in room 1100 of the PAIS building. The discussion can also be viewed via Zoom at The password is PandaA.

Emeritus Professor David Gutzler

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is in the process of releasing its three-volume Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) in stages, in support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. climatic. Volume 1, assessing the state of the science of climate change, was published last August. Volume 2, assessing climate change impacts and coping strategies, was released this week on February 28.

Gutzler, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, participated in the author teams for volumes 1 and 2 of RA6 and volume 1 of the RA5 report published in 2013. In this presentation, he will briefly review the scope and structure of IPCC assessments and their link to international policy that aspires to limit the impacts of human-induced climate change. Gutzler is a renowned researcher in the field of climate science. His research focuses on atmospheric dynamics, climate change and its effects on the biosphere, land surface, water resources and climate prediction. His work integrates both observations and modeling, aimed at improving predictions of the North American monsoon as well as understanding the impacts of climate variability and change in the Southwest.

In these assessments, the IPCC confirms that climate change is happening rapidly, with profound impacts affecting all regions of the Earth that are likely to intensify unless large-scale reductions in atmospheric greenhouse gases occur. produce very soon. As part of the discussion, some examples will be presented of advances in scientific understanding of the climate system and the impacts of climate change since AR5, and some remaining sources of uncertainty that should motivate future research.

The discussion will end with some thoughts on the effectiveness and limitations of scientific guidance for the international policy-making community regarding a profound environmental challenge.

For more information on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, visit IPCC.