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Two Clark Climate Experts Chosen as Lead Authors for Premiere Report on Climate Change

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Edward Carr

Two Clark University climate experts have been chosen to serve as lead authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Sixth Assessment Report.

Department of International Development, Community and Environment’s (IDCE) director and professor Edward Carr and associate professor Elisabeth Gilmore are among the 721 experts who will contribute to the report that is set to be released in 2021.

“It is rare and exciting for a department of our size to have more than one faculty member as a lead author of an IPCC Assessment Report. It speaks to the strength IDCE and Clark have in the area of climate change adaptation, and the ways in which this expertise is woven deeply into our research and teaching,” said Professor Carr.

IPCC Assessment Reports provide governments, at all levels, with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies, and are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change.  

About Carr

Professor Carr is a geographer and anthropologist whose career and research focus on exploring alternative ways of improving human well-being. He has worked in rural sub-Saharan Africa on issues of development and global change among various rural communities.

He will serve as the lead author for “Climate Resilient Development Pathways,” a chapter focused on the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change. 

The chapter will feature viable future adaptation pathways for various people and places in the world, and effective strategies for building resilience to a changing climate now and in the future.  

About Gilmore

Professor Gilmore is a lead author for the chapter on impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation in North America.

“As a first-time author, it is a privilege to be involved in preparing the Sixth Assessment Report. This work is critical for identifying opportunities and barriers to address both near-term and long-term climate risks in this region,” said Gilmore.

She will draw upon her research evaluating the benefits, costs, and risks from climate change across multiple sectors, including energy, air quality, and issues related to security and conflict.


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