Climate Science: Frequently Asked Questions from the IPCC

Submitted by Michael Rastall | published 15th Nov 2012 | last updated 16th Aug 2021

Opening Ceremony of the Fortieth Session of the IPCC, Copenhagen, Denmark, 27 October 2014.
Taken from the IPCC's Flickr page.

Please note that this material is from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group 1, published in 2007. The latest climate science can be found in the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report, published in August 2021. For other reports and further updates, please refer to the IPCC website.

If you are not a climate scientist or meteorologist yourself but you need to engage them and/or the data visualisations (graphs & maps) and the information they produce and make available in scientific papers, assessment reports and web portals, then it may be useful to familiarise yourself with some basics of the science of climate change.

Working Group 1 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a large group of the top scientists internationally doing research on the climate system, put together a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that provide a very useful starting point. Here is a list of the questions they address and a link to a short version of the answers they provide. 


IPCC, 2007: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment, Report of the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change [Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M.Tignor and H.L. Miller (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

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