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Assessments

Because many environmental policy-setting institutions rely on clear scientific information for decisions, CSD researchers make it a priority to summarize and translate scientific understanding for constituents. Our researchers play leading roles in scientific assessments that relate the "state of the science" on topics including ozone layer depletion (Montreal Protocol, UNEP / WMO), climate change (IPCC, USGCRP), and air quality (NARSTO).

As an indication of the value of placed on such assessments, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for its role in communicating understanding of man-made climate change through its scientific reports over the past 20 years. Several CSD researchers received this award for their contributions to the IPCC reports.

A listing of publications from the ongoing international collaborations of the division.