Events & Media: Jan Minx

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



"How to Produce a Good IPCC Assessment:
a Working Group 3 perspective

Jan Minx
Head of Technical Support Unit
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chang (IPCC)

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Ever wondered how the Nobel-laureate Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) works? Curious about what some of the best minds in climate-change science, economics, and policy are currently working on? Then this talk is for you." - Sangwon Suh, host

Jan Minx

All three Working Groups of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have started with the production of their respective contributions to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). In the first part of my talk, I will provide a brief introduction to the IPCC assessment process and outline the assessment philosophy behind the Working Group 3 contribution to the AR5. A focus will be given to the question of how an assessment might be structured and performed given a particular view on the division of labor between science and policy in decision-making processes.  I will then give some good-practice examples from the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) for such an assessment approach. In the second part some challenges for assessment making will be discussed taking examples from the area of bioenergy research.

Jan Min earned his PhD in environmental economics and management from the University of York. He is the head of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III, where he coordinates the assessment process of the Working Group III contribution to the 5th Assessment Report with his team. Previously he worked as a senior researcher in the department for the Economics of Climate Change and Sustainable Engineering at Technical Universit, Berlin, as well as at the Stockholm Environment Institute. As a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, he is interested in analyzing spatial aspects of climate change policy and in the development of models providing holistic representations of systems of production and consumption and their environmental impacts. Under this umbrella, research topics include consumption-based emission accounting at different (spatial) scales (“carbon footprinting”), drivers of structural change, regional emission drivers, urban metabolism, and the application of geo-demographic data systems for lifestyle analysis and the analysis of the relationship between urban form and emissions. He is also interested in methodological developments in life cycle assessment and the integration of modelling approaches.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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