Bren Professor a Lead Author for IPCC

Charles Kolstad Working With Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

March 1, 2006

Charles Kolstad, Bren Environmental Economics Professor, is contributing to the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Kolstad is a Lead Author for the IPCC’s 4th Report, 3rd working group, Climate Change 2007: Mitigation.


Kolstad is working on the Assessment’s chapter on Policy, Instruments and Co-Operative Arrangements.  This chapter is likely to play a pivotal role in shaping climate policy over the coming years.  The chapter will comprehensively discuss policies that are available to countries to control the problem as well as review what is known about the pluses and minuses of various policy measures.  This will be particularly important to smaller countries without extensive staff to use in shaping climate policy.


Kolstad was chosen based on his broad expertise in economics and climate change. Kolstad’s research interests are broadly in environmental and natural resource economics, specifically in the role of information and learning in environmental regulation. He is actively engaged in the economics of climate change and has a long standing interest in energy markets. He is a co-editor of the new Review of Environmental Economics and Policy and a former president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE).


In his capacity as a Lead Author, Kolstad has participating in work group meetings in Germany (2004), Peru (2005) and China (February 2006).   In October 2006 he will travel to New Zealand for another and final meeting of the Working Group, preparing the final draft of the chapter.


IPCC reports are written by teams of authors who are nominated by governments and international organizations and selected for a specific task according to their expertise.  They come from universities, research centers, business and environmental associations and other organizations from more than 100 countries.


IPCC was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Progamme to address climate change.  The Panel’s role is to assess the best available scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change from around the world. The panel has produced three Assessment Reports (1990, 1995 and 2001). The 4th Assessment Report will be completed in 2007.


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