Climate Change Statement Review
The American Physical Society formally reviews its statements every five years. In accordance with that process, the APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) formed a subcommittee to review its Climate Change Statement. The charge to the subcommittee was approved by POPA and the APS Board of Directors and is included in the supporting documents box (to the right).
As part of the POPA-approved process, on January 8, 2014, the subcommittee convened a workshop with six climate experts. The subcommittee used that meeting to delve more deeply into aspects of the IPCC consensus view of the physical basis of climate science. In doing so, it hoped to illuminate for itself, for the APS membership, and for the broader public both the certainties and boundaries of current climate science understanding. The framing document, expert bios, and the complete transcript for the workshop are included in the supporting documents box (to the right).
The results of the workshop were presented at the Feb. 7 POPA meeting. During POPA’s June 6 meeting, an initial draft of the statement was proposed. On Oct. 10, POPA reported out a draft statement for consideration by the APS.
The APS Council will review the statement in November, followed by the APS Board of Directors. Consistent with APS by-laws, all APS members will be given an opportunity to review the statement and provide input during a comment period. The Climate Change Statement Review is a deliberative process. As a membership organization of more than 50,000 physicists, APS adheres to rigorous scientific standards in developing all its statements.