The urgency to provide the research needed to respond to climate change has long been a priority for The University of the West Indies (The UWI). Our scientists have been sounding the alarm for almost five decades, as the voice in representing the Caribbean’s vulnerability and risk.
Though committed to the region’s best interest, their contributions are continuously in demand for their global relevance. As a single institution, The UWI has one of the highest numbers of contributors to publications produced by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the world.
The IPCC’s mandate is to provide governments around the world with scientific information that can inform climate policies. IPCC reports also provide key inputs for international climate change negotiations. The experts who contribute to the work of the IPCC include volunteer authors who assess scientific papers published each year to provide a comprehensive summary of what is known about the drivers of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and how adaptation and mitigation can reduce those risks.
The IPCC is now in its sixth assessment cycle, its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) is being produced with contributions by its three Working Groups. AR6 includes a Synthesis Report, three Special Reports, and a refinement of its latest Methodology Report. Thirteen UWI scientists were invited to contribute to the IPCC Sixth Assessment cycle to produce the three-volume global assessment report, known as ‘The Sixth Report’ and ‘Three Special Reports’. They include:
– Professor John Agard,
– Professor Noureddine Benkeblia
– Dr. Donovan Campbell
– Dr. Anthony Chen
– Dr. Aidan Farrell
– Professor Michelle Mycoo
– Professor Leonard Nurse
– Dr. Adrian Spence
– Dr. Kimberly Stephenson
– Dr. Tannecia Stephenson
– Dr. Michael Sutherland
– Professor Michael Taylor
– Ms. Felicia Whyte
The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis was released on August 9, 2021.
The Working Group II contribution, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability was released on February 28, 2022.
The Working Group III contribution, CClimate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change was released on April 4, 2022.
The University of the West Indies Climate Studies Group at Mona (CSGM) in collaboration with the Caribbean’s IPCC Working Group authors compiled a three-part series highlighting the top 10 takeaways for the Caribbean region from each of the Working Group Reports.