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Nobel Prize for Peace and Dr Unnikrishnan of NIO
The Rajendra K Pachauri-led Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Former US vice-president Al Gore have been awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize for disseminating knowledge on man-made climate change and the measures needed to confront it. The Nobel Peace Committee said that the Nobel Peace Prize is being given "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change" - something different from earlier Peace prizes.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. It is currently finalizing its Fourth Assessment Report "Climate Change 2007" (also referred to as AR4). The reports by the three Working Groups provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the current state of knowledge on climate change. IPCC has three Working Groups. The Working Group:
- I Reports "The Physical Science Basis"
- II Report "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability"
- III Reports "Mitigation of Climate Change"
IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri said the honor belonged to the thousands of climate change scientists who developed consensus documents through the organization's rigorous and transparent scientific assessment process.
We are especially proud because Dr. AS Unnikrishnan, Scientist from NIO is one of the lead authors and sharing his efforts in making above documents that is one of the reasons to bring the recognition to IPCC. Dr Unnikrishnan worked (2004-2006) as a Lead Author for the Working Group I for the preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report to prepare the Chapter 5* on "Observations: Ocean Climate Change and Sea Level". Chapter 5 contains changes in sea level, recognizing the strong interconnections between the changes in sea level and ocean heat content. Data from tide-gauges, satellites and in-situ observations of temperature and salinity form the focus to assess the longterm changes in sea level and ocean heat content respectively.
Dr. Unnikrishnan along with other Lead Authors jointly worked to prepare this Chapter. In particular, he worked on the assessment of changes in Extreme Sea level. Each Lead Author is assisted by several contributing authors and the Lead Author team for each Chapter is led by two Co-ordinating Lead Authors. The entire process of the preparation of the Report has taken over two years.
The Chapter 5 has links with Chapters 3 and 4, which deal with observations on surface atmosphere, snow and ice respectively. While observed changes in these components of the climate system are closely inter-related through physical processes, the separate chapters give a more focused assessment. On receiving the Prize,
Dr Pachauri sent a letter
to all lead authors including Dr Unnikrishnan. NIO is proud of Dr Unnikrishnan's association with IPCC and this 'shared' success.
The Chapter is cited as: Bindoff, N.L., J. Willebrand, , V. Artale, A. Cazenave, J. Gregory, J., S. Gulev, K. Hanawa, C. Le Querre, S. Levitus, C.K. Shum, L.D. Talley and A. Unnikrishnan , 2007: Observations: Oceanic Climate Change and Sea Level. In: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Inter Governmental 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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