More rigorous procedures will strengthen science consensus

More rigorous procedures will strengthen science consensus



15 March 2010

WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said the request for an independent review of the IPCC processes and procedures met with the full support of the WMO.  On official visit to Mexico last week, Mr Jarraud told reporters that while criticized by some quarters and on different grounds, the IPCC reports today are the best source of information on the science and the impacts of climate change.  The integrity of the science behind climate change, the leadership and the role of the IPCC itself as an intergovernmental mechanism to bring together eminent scientists and the latest knowledge and research outputs and to bring this knowledge to the attention of the world are solid. He added that evolving learning processes and more sophisticated research tools when reflected in working procedures would contribute to produce even more rigorous science.  This was endorsed recently also by the WMO Commission for Climatology which decided to take advantage of recent technological and scientific advances in producing refined global surface temperature information.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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