Climate change: A global science update


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Valerie Masson Delmotte climate change presentation (PDF, 3.16MB)

Eelco Rohling presentation (PDF, 5.22MB)

Philip Boyd climate change presentation (PDF, 1.11MB)

This event will give an update on the latest climate science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighting the speed at which global temperatures are increasing.

Dr Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I, will discuss new developments in assessing the human ‘fingerprints’ on climate change including the intensity, likelihood or frequency of individual extreme events such as heat waves or heavy rainfall events.

She will also cover recent research developments related to climate feedbacks, such as those related to cloud processes and frozen soils. New information is emerging on the 1.5°C and 2°C Paris agreement targets and she will summarise the links between global temperature change, regional impacts and greenhouse gas emission budgets and trajectories.

This will be followed by a panel discussion (with experts on marine ecosystems, sea level rise and health) and audience Q&A, including possibilities for climate action.

Chair: Professor Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute


  • Professor Eelco Rohling, Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU
  • Professor Philip Boyd, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.
  • Professor Sharon Friel, Director, School of Regulation and Global Governance, ANU

About the speaker

Dr Valérie Masson-Delmotte is the Co-chair of IPCC Working Group I for the Sixth Assessment Report cycle. She is also a senior scientist from Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace.

Her research interests are focused on quantifying and understanding past changes in climate and atmospheric water cycle. She has worked on issues such as the North Atlantic Oscillation, drought, climate response to volcanic eruptions, polar amplification, climate feedbacks, abrupt climate change and ice sheet vulnerability across different timescales.

Dr Masson-Delmotte will also be giving the 2017 Jaeger-Hales lecture: "From water molecules to climate, making sense of Greenland and Antarctic ice core records" on Thursday 20 July.