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Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

Created: 9/26/2019 - Updated: 9/26/2019

Abstract

This Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) was prepared following an IPCC Panel decision in 2016 to prepare three Special Reports during the Sixth Assessment Cycle. By assessing new scientific literature, the SROCC responds to government and observer organization proposals. The SROCC follows the other two Special Reports on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR1.5) and on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) and the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

This Summary for Policymakers (SPM) compiles key findings of the report and is structured in three parts: SPM.A: Observed changes and impacts, SPM.B: Projected changes and risks, and SPM.C: Implementing Responses to Ocean and Cryosphere Change. Confidence in key findings is reported using IPCC calibrated language and the underlying scientific basis for each key finding is indicated by references to sections of the underlying report. 

 

Published On

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Keywords

Scale: 
Multilateral / Transboundary
Sector Addressed: 
Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Fisheries
Policy
Research
Water Resources
Wildlife
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Biodiversity
Economics
Fishery harvest
Ocean acidification
Oxygen concentrations (hypoxia)
Sea level rise
Snowpack
Species of concern
Water supply
Water temperature
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Governance and Policy
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Marine