The Austrian Panel on Climate Change APCC is a permanent institution consisting of at least three positions:
- 1 CCCA Board Member
- 1 stakeholder (representative of public administration or similar)
- 1 or more international scientist(s)
The APCC must meet the following requirements:
- at least 1 person with Assessment Report (IPCC/APCC) experience should be represented
- broad coverage of different research areas (natural and social sciences)
- gender balance
There is an authorized representative from the Project Consortium (e.g. CO-Chair, Lead Author, Project Manager) for each ongoing Special Report or other APCC product who provides the Panel with information. The Panel can also consult further respondents.
The APCC WG nominates the Panel Members. The nominations are submitted to the CCCA Board. The CCCA Board then appoints the Panel Members for a three-year term of office. Members can be re-elected. If necessary, the term of office can also be adjusted to the time it takes to create the product.
The APCC itself does not create products but ensures the continuity and process quality of APCC products. This includes the evaluation of the review process regarding process quality as well as reviewers’ qualification and the extent to which the contents of the Report are covered by respective reviewers.
The APCC monitors whether the respective topic is treated from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The APCC issues recommendations to the CCCA Board.
It may suggest external reviewers and review editors for the review process. However, finding and organising review editors is the general responsibility of the respective Project Consortium.
Upon completion of an APCC product, the Panel confirms compliance with the quality criteria in writing.
The Austrian Assessment Report on Climate Change 2014 is a combined effort of the Austrian climate research community. However, the participants and persons responsible are, of course, cited by name. Even though the project is independent of the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA), it may be regarded as a first joint activity, as it addresses the same circle of persons.