107 experts from 52 countries were selected as Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors – who are working on  each individual chapter – and Review Editors, who ensured that comments by experts and governments were given appropriate consideration as the report developed.

40% of the Coordinating Lead Authors are women.  53% of the authors are from developing countries, making this the first IPCC report to have more authors from developing countries than from developed countries.  The full list of Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors is here.

A call for nomination of authors was sent to governments, observer organizations and IPCC Bureau Members on 5 April 2017. Graphics that provide background information about the nominees are available here

Lead Author Meetings

Below is the full list of Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors :


Chapter 1: Framing and Context
Last Name First Name Role Gender Country Citizenship Current Affiliation
ARNETH Almut CLA F Germany Germany Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Atmospheric Environmental Research (KIT, IMK-IFU)
DENTON Fatima CLA F Ethiopia Gambia United Nations University
AGUS Fahmuddin LA M Indonesia Indonesia Indonesian Soil Research Institute
ELBEHRI Aziz LA M Italy Morocco Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
ERB Karlheinz LA M Austria Italy Institute of Social Ecology Vienna, Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt-Wien-Graz
OSMAN-ELASHA Balgis LA F Cote d’Ivoire Sudan African Development Bank
RAHIMI Mohammad LA M Iran Iran Faculty of Desert Studies, Semnan University
ROUNSEVELL Mark LA M UK UK University of Edinburgh
SPENCE Adrian LA M Jamaica Jamaica International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences
VALENTINI Riccardo LA M Italy Italy CMCC – Fondazione Centro euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici and Univeristy of Tuscia
ALDRIAN Edvin RE M Indonesia Indonesia Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG)
MCCARL Bruce RE M USA USA Texas A&M University
SÁNZ SÁNCHEZ María José RE F Spain Spain Basque Centre of Climate Change
Chapter 2: Land-Climate Interactions
Last Name First Name Role Gender Country Citizenship Current Affiliation
JIA Gensuo CLA M China China Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
SHEVLIAKOVA Elena CLA F USA USA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
ARTAXO NETTO Paulo Eduardo LA M Brazil Brazil University of São Paulo – Institute of Physics
DE NOBLET-DUCOUDRÉ Nathalie LA F France France Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE)
HOUGHTON Richard LA M USA USA Woods Hole Research Center
HOUSE Joanna LA F UK UK University of Bristol
KITAJIMA Kaoru LA F Japan Japan Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University
LENNARD Christopher LA M South Africa South Africa University of Cape Town
POPP Alexander LA M Germany Germany Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
SIRIN Andrey LA M Russia Russia Institute of Forest Science Russian Academy of Sciences
SUKUMAR Raman LA M India India Indian Institute of Science
VERCHOT Louis LA M Colombia USA International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
BERNIER Pierre RE M Canada Canada Natural Resources Canada / Canadian Forest Service
ESPINOZA Jhan Carlo RE M Peru Peru Instituto Geofísico del Perú (IGP)
SEMENOV Sergey RE M Russia Russia Institute of Global Climate and Ecology
Chapter 3: Desertification
Last Name First Name Role Gender Country Citizenship Current Affiliation
MIRZABAEV Alisher CLA M Germany Uzbekistan Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn
WU Jianguo CLA M China China Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
EVANS Jason LA M Australia Australia University of New South Wales
GARCíA-OLIVA Felipe LA M Mexico Mexico Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
HUSSEIN Ismail Abdel Galil LA M Egypt Egypt Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Egypt
IQBAL Muhammad Mohsin LA M Pakistan Pakistan Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC)
KIMUTAI Joyce LA F Kenya Kenya Kenya Meteorological Department
KNOWLES Tony LA M South Africa South Africa Cirrus Group
MEZA Francisco LA M Chile Chile Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
NEDJRAOUI Dalila LA F Algeria Algeria University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene
TENA Fasil LA M Ethiopia Ethiopia Ethiopia Pilot Program for Country Partnership
TüRKEş Murat LA M Turkey Turkey Boğaziçi University – Center for Climate Change and Policy Studies
VÁZQUEZ MONTENEGRO Ranses José LA M Cuba Cuba Instituto de Meteorología
WELTZ Mark LA M USA USA USDA- ARS Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit
AKHTAR-SCHUSTER Mariam RE F Germany Germany German Aerospace Center, Project Management Agency (DLR-PT)
DRIOUECH Fatima RE F Morocco Morocco Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, International Water Research Institute.
SANKARAN Mahesh RE M India India National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamanetal Research
Chapter 4: Land Degradation
Last Name First Name Role Gender Country Citizenship Current Affiliation
BARBOSA Humberto CLA M Brazil Brazil Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL)
OLSSON Lennart CLA M Sweden Sweden Lund University
BHADWAL Suruchi LA F India India The Energy and Resources Institute
COWIE Annette LA F Australia Australia NSW Department of Primary Industries; Science-Policy Interface UNCCD; Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel Global Environment Facility
DELUSCA Kenel LA M Haiti Haiti Ministry of Environment/ Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies of Haiti/ University of Montreal
HERMANS Kathleen LA F Germany Germany Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH (UFZ)
JOBBAGY Esteban LA M Argentina Argentina CONICET & Universidad Nacional de San Luis
KURZ Werner A. LA M Canada Canada Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
LI Diqiang LA M China China Professor
SONWA Denis Jea LA M Cameroon Cameroon CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research)
STRINGER Lindsay LA F UK UK University of Leeds
VERA Carolina RE F Argentina Argentina CIMA/Universidad de Buenos Aires-CONICET
Chapter 5: Food Security
Last Name First Name Role Gender Country Citizenship Current Affiliation
MBOW Cheikh CLA M USA Senegal START International
BARIONI Luis Gustavo LA M Brazil Brazil Embrapa Agricultural Informatics
BENTON Tim LA M UK UK University of Leeds
HERRERO Mario LA M Australia Costa Rica Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
KRISHNAPILLAI Murukesan V. LA M Micronesia, Federated States of India Cooperative Research & Extension, College of Micronesia-FSM
PRADHAN Prajal LA M Germany Nepal Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
RIVERA-FERRE Marta G. LA F Spain Spain University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia
SAPKOTA Tek LA M India Nepal Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Program/ International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
TUBIELLO Francesco LA M Italy USA UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Natural Resources Department
XU Yinlong LA M China China Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
AMANULLAH Amanullah RE M Pakistan Pakistan Department of Agronomy, University of Agriculture Peshawar
BENKEBLIA Noureddine RE M Jamaica Jamaica The University of the West Indies
CHALLINOR Andrew J. RE M UK UK University of Leeds
PORTER John R. RE M Denmark UK University of Copenhagen
Chapter 6: Interlinkages between desertification, land degradation, food security and GHG fluxes: synergies, trade-offs and integrated response options
Last Name First Name Role Gender Country Citizenship Current Affiliation
NKEM Johnson Ndi CLA M Cameroon Cameroon African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC)
SMITH Peter CLA M UK UK University of Aberdeen
CALVIN Katherine LA F USA USA Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
CAMPBELL Donovan LA M Jamaica Jamaica University of the West Indies (Mona Campus)
CHERUBINI Francesco LA M Norway Italy Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
GRASSI Giacomo LA M Italy Italy European Commission – Joint Research Centre
KOROTKOV Vladimir LA M Russia Russia Institute of Global Climate and Ecology
LE HOANG Anh LA F Vietnam Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam
LWASA Shuaib LA M Uganda Uganda Makerere University
MCELWEE Pamela LA F USA USA Rutgers University
NKONYA Ephraim LA M USA Tanzania International Food Policy Research Institute
SAIGUSA Nobuko LA F Japan Japan Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies
SOUSSANA Jean-francois LA M France France INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural, Environment and Food Research)
TABOADA Miguel Angel LA M Argentina Argentina INTA, CIRN, Institute of Soils
ABDULLA Amjad RE M Maldives Maldives Ministry of Environment and Energy
NOBLE Ian R. RE M Australia Australia Australian National University
YAMAGATA Yoshiki RE M Japan Japan National Institute for Environmental Studies
ZATARI Taha RE M Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia DNA-Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral resources
Chapter 7: Risk management and decision making in relation to sustainable development
Last Name First Name Role Gender Country Citizenship Current Affiliation
HURLBERT Margot CLA F Canada Canada Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina
KRISHNASWAMY Jagdish CLA M India India Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
DAVIN Edouard LA M Switzerland France ETH Zurich
JOHNSON Francis X. LA M Kenya Sweden Stockholm Environment Institute
MENA Carlos Fernando LA M Ecuador Ecuador Universidad San Francisco de Quito
MORTON John LA M UK UK Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
MYEONG Soojeong LA F Republic of Korea Republic of Korea Korea Environment Institute
VINER David LA M UK UK Mott MacDonald
WARNER Koko LA F Germany USA UNFCCC Adaptation Programme, Subprogramme Climate Impacts, Vulnerability, and Impacts
WREFORD Anita LA F New Zealand New Zealand Lincoln University
ZAKIELDEEN Sumaya A. LA F Sudan Sudan Professor at the Institute of Environmental Studies
ZOMMERS Zinta LA F Sierra Leone Latvia Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
RODRIGUES Regina RE F Brazil Brazil Federal University of Santa Catarina
TURNER II B.l. RE M USA USA Arizona State University