Apparently countries were asked to submit suggestions about the future direction of the IPCC, so there’s no surprise that the Dutch Meteorological has submitted something, but it does seem quite critical of the IPCC and does – at first glance – seem to be suggesting some major changes. On the other hand, the suggestions aren’t entirely unreasonable. The IPPC should be more transparent, focused and up-to-date. The IPCC should interact more with learned societies. I’m a little surprised that the IPCC isn’t doing some of this already. As far as I’m aware there are many people involved with producing the assessment reports (so that would seem to imply that it is quite open) and I’m surprised that they aren’t already interacting with the various learned societies. What seemed especially odd, however, was the suggestion that limiting the scope of the IPCC to human-
induced climate change is undesirable, especially because natural climate change is a crucial part ofthe total understanding of the climate system. I didn’t think that the IPCC did limit itself only to human-induced climate change, but maybe they did.
I was wondering if others had more insight into this submission by the Dutch Meteorological Society. Is it an entirely reasonable submission that makes quite reasonable suggestions about the future of the IPCC? Even if the suggestions are quite critical of the IPCC, this could simply reflect the range of opinions about how something as complex as the IPCC should be run. On the other hand, is there something more to this? Are there actual problems with the IPCC that these suggestions are trying to address, or is there some reason why the Dutch Meteorological Institute might want to undermine the future of the IPCC?