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Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and Attribution and Prediction of Climate: Progress since the Fourth Assessment

Kevin E. Trenberth(1), Magdalena Balmaseda(2), Nathaniel L. Bindoff(3), John Church(4), Howard J. Freeland(5), Gary Lagerloef(6), R. Steven Nerem(7), Matthew Palmer(8), Steve Rintoul(9), Dean Roemmich(10), Christopher L. Sabine(11), Detlef Stammer(12), Peter Stott(8)

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The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is a primary user of studies of the ocean and how it is changing. Following an introduction to the IPCC, the role of the ocean in climate is outlined, and the main findings from the 2007 IPCC assessment are described, along with outstanding issues for ocean science. The progress in addressing these issues is briefly discussed along with some recommendations for ocean observations.

1National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO, 80307, USA
2ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, RG2 9AX, UK
3CSIRO, CAWCR, ACE CRC, IASOS, U. Tasmania, Pvt Bag 80, Hobart, TAS 7001, Australia
4CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, GPO Box 1538, Hobart, TAS 7001, Australia
5Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Institute of Ocean Sciences ( DFO-IOS), 9860 West Saanich Road, Sidney BC V8L-4B2, Canada
6Earth Space Res, 2101 Fourth Ave, Suite 1310, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
7Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, Dept of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, 431 UCB, U. Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
8Met. Office Hadley Centre, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, EX1 3PB, U.K.
9CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, GPO Box 1538, Hobart, TAS 7001, Australia
10Scripps Inst. Oceanogr., 8622 Discovery Way, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
11NOAA/PMEL, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, USA
12U. Hamburg, Bundesstraße 53. D-20146, Hamburg, Germany

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This paper shall be cited as:

Trenberth, K. & Co-Authors (2010). "Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and Attribution and Prediction of Climate: Progress since the Fourth Assessment" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 1), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.pp.39

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