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IPCC calls for experts for the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is looking for experts who will draft the outline of the special report on climate change and cities.

Therefore, the IPCC is planning to organize a scoping meeting, scheduled for late March/early April 2024, which will result in a draft scoping paper outlining the special report's scope, objectives, and timeline.

For this scoping meeting, the IPCC is particularly interested in gathering experts with diverse backgrounds and skills in any of the following domains:

  • Biophysical: examples include urban meteorology and climatology, urban meteorological/energy/water/carbon/air quality modelling and observational monitoring, urban carbon cycle, urban hydrology, urban biodiversity, land-atmosphere interactions.

  • Impacts and Risks, including economic and non-economic losses and damages; and compounding and cascading Aspects: including expertise in statistical climatology, detection and attribution of climate extremes, heat islands and urban overheating, air pollution, inland and coastal flooding, critical infrastructure including power, digital communication and transport, water/energy/food/health nexus, food security, health, supply chain, vulnerability, losses and damages, risk management, disaster risk reduction, risk modelling.

  • Sectoral development, adaptation, mitigation and responses to losses and damages: including expertise in built environment, urban planning, building design and materials, tourism, urbanization trends, informal settlements, migration and urban poverty, water management, energy systems, infrastructure, ecosystems and biodiversity, nature-based solutions/ecosystem based adaptation, livelihood and communities perspectives issues, urban scenarios/pathways, transportation systems and mobility services, industry, urban agriculture and food production, waste management, climate services and early warning systems, environmental psychology.

  • Energy and Emissions- including expertise in emission inventory, urban and embodied emissions, urban energy demand and services, energy mix, urban energy management, power grid layout, standards and regulations, carbon accounting, urban carbon sequestration, renewable energy, life cycle assessment.

  • Governance, policy, institutions, planning and finance: including expertise in typology of cities and decision frameworks, urban planning, architecture, smart cities, mitigation/adaptation policies, energy security, water security and sanitation, barriers and enabling conditions for urban climate finance, insurance, livable cities, role of normative principles in governance, science, technology and innovation for sustainable cities, articulation between local and national development priorities, climate-resilient development in cities, Sustainable Development Goals, environmental, social and governance reporting.

  • Civil Society: including expertise in social coherence, justice, equity, ethics, gender, intersectionality science, decision making, science/policy interaction, communication, digital/cyber security, indigenous knowledge systems, diversity of urban stakeholders involved in climate responses, city networks/alliances, environmental advocacy.

Interested candidates that wish to apply via the Belgian government should send a CV in English (maximum 4 pages) and a motivation letter before November 10th, 2023 to the Belgian IPCC focal point via ipccfocalpoint(a)

Candidates should demonstrate scientific, technical, and socio-economic expertise and indicate whether they have previous experience with the IPCC.


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