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Date: June 02, 2004

Seven UVic-based scientists sit on United Nations climate panel

When the world wants to know about climate change it asks the experts. So, it should come as no surprise that seven UVic-based scientists sit on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“The naming of several UVic-based scientists to this prestigious UN panel reinforces the world class stature of our climate research program,” says Martin Taylor, UVic’s VP Research. “It also demonstrates UVic’s commitment to translating the best in research to the development of evidence-based public policy.”

Dr. Tom Pedersen, UVic's dean of science, adds: "The co-location on campus of Environment Canada's Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (CCCma) cheek by jowl with UVic's school of earth and ocean sciences (SEOS) represents an excellent model of university-government cooperation. The climate change research resulting from this collaboration is among the best in the world. Both UVic and the Canadian government can take great pride in supporting such critically needed work."

The UVic-based members of the panel are: Drs. Ken Denman (CCCma and SEOS), Greg Flato (CCCma and SEOS), John Fyfe (CCCma and SEOS), Nathan Gillett (SEOS), Terry Prowse (UVic’s geography department), Andrew Weaver (SEOS), and Francis Zwiers (CCCma, SEOS and UVic’s math department).

The IPCC is regarded as the international authority for conducting assessments of the current state of knowledge about climate change. It was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme following growing concerns about the potential impact of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations on global climate.

The panel is currently working on its Fourth Assessment—which will give greater emphasis to assessing regional impacts of climate change and appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies—due for completion in 2007. More information about the IPCC is available at www.ipcc.ch.

UVic is recognized internationally for its excellence in earth, ocean, and atmospheric systems research and education. For more information about its school of earth and ocean sciences visit web.uvic.ca/seos/.

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Media contacts:
Dr. Tom Pedersen, Dean of Science (School of Earth and Ocean Sciences)
at (250) 721-7062 or tfp@uvic.ca
Dr. Martin Taylor, Vice President, Research at (250) 721-7973 or vpr@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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