Background

Background

At its 43rd Session (Nairobi, Kenya, 11 – 13 April 2016), the IPCC Panel decided to prepare a special report on climate change and the oceans and the cryosphere. The scoping meeting that prepared the draft outline for the report was held on 6 – 9 December 2016 in Monaco.

During its 45th Session (Guadalajara, Mexico, 28 – 31 March 2017), the IPCC Panel approved the outline of the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The report will be finalized in September 2019.

The SROCC is being developed under the joint scientific leadership of Working Groups I and II with support from the WGII Technical Support Unit.

SROCC timeline

Relevant documents

SROCC decision outline from IPCC/XLV-2 – Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Products, Outline of the Special Report on climate change and oceans and the cryosphere

IPCC-XLV/Doc. 6 – Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Products – Outline of the Special Report on climate change and oceans and the cryosphere
IPCC-XLV/INF. 2 – Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Products – Outline of the Special Report on climate change and oceans and the cryosphere
IPCC-XLIII/INF. 7: Special Reports – Proposed themes for Special Reports during the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle
IPCC-XLIII/INF. 8: Special Reports Commentary from the Co-chairs of Working Groups I, II and III on each of the proposals for Special Reports contained in document IPCC-XLIII/INF. 7
IPCC-XLIII/INF. 9: Special Reports – Commentary from the Co-Chairs of Working Groups I, II and III on clusters of proposals for Special Reports contained in document IPCC-XLIII/INF. 7
IPCC-XLIII/INF. 19: Sixth Assessment Report Products – Information document