Bern and the IPCC
Bernese climate research has a long tradition in the preparation of reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The University of Bern is probably the only institution in the world to have played a leading role in all five reports of the IPCC published to date. The climate and environment researchers Hans Oeschger and Uli Siegenthaler already played an important role in the first Assessment Report of the IPCC in 1990. In the fifth report, presented in 2013 and 2014, Thomas Stocker from Bern was Co-Chair of the IPCC working group focusing on the scientific and technical aspects of global warming. The secretariat of Working Group I (The Physical Science Basis), headed up by Stocker, was affiliated to the University of Bern. The picture shows Thomas Stocker, Professor of Climate Physics at the University of Bern, with Qin Dahe, who together co-chaired the Plenary Assembly of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC of the United Nations in September 2013.