Laurens Bouwer one of the lead authors IPCC Special Report ‘Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate‘

Published: 25 August 2017

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has invited 101 experts from 41 countries to begin work on the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), among which 86 authors. One of the authors is Laurens Bouwer, climate change expert at Deltares.

Increasing awareness for oceans

The Special Report focusses on the ocean, including its many services to ecosystems and humans, from climate regulation to food supply. Also, ocean-cryosphere-atmosphere interactions and sea-level rise will be important topics in the report. The report is prepared with support from IPCC Working Group II, which assesses climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. The IPCC received a total of 569 nominations from 57 member countries. The selection process for Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors was conducted by members of the IPCC Working Group I and II Bureaus and led by the Co-Chairs.

Chapter 6: Extremes, abrupt changes and managing risks

Laurens Bouwer is selected as the lead author of chapter 6: ‘Extremes, Abrupt Changes and Managing Risks’. Dr. Bouwer is an expert in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation. He works on flood risk analysis and studies flood frequency and impacts, as well as risk reduction and adaptation strategies. He has led several (inter)national projects in Europe, Asia and the United States. “This report provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the threat from sea-level rise and coastal flooding, but also advances that have been made around the world to reduce such risks,” Laurens Bouwer said. “Countries such as the Netherlands, but also many cities such as Jakarta, Dhaka and Miami, are preparing for these risks through their adaptation plans”.

The SROCC special report is scheduled to be finalized in September 2019.