Background Information on APCC

Austrian Panel on Climate Change - APCC

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.

The APCC Working Group

  • was appointed by the CCCA Management Board and approved by the CCCA General Assembly in June 2015 in continuation of the APCC project;
  • is an open group, accessible to the entire scientific community;
  • receives proposals for future APCC products from the scientific community, discusses and probes topics of interest for future APCC products, and forwards prospective topic proposals for the forthcoming years to the CCCA Board;
  • assesses proposals from the scientific community according to the criteria of feasibility, public interest in the topic, appropriate definition, and range of the topic and submits them to the CCCA Board for approval;
  • nominates members for the Austrian Panel on Climate Change (APCC) and submits the nominations to the CCCA Board;
  • is reportable to the CCCA Board;
  • ensures the active involvement of the CCCA members and community in preparing Assessment Reports (e.g. by addressing them via the various CCCA communication channels, supervised by the CCCA GS)
  • discusses the (thematic) definition of APCC products and develops according suggestions.

Identifying topics for Special Reports

The scientific community can submit thematic proposals for Special Reports to the APCC WG. They are collected and discussed. The WG selects potential topics and proposes them to the CCCA Board, who can likewise make recommendations. Invitations to the APCC WG meetings in general, and to meetings where specific topics are explored in particular, are always issued via the following CCCA communication channels:

  • email to all members of the APCC WG
  • email to the member representatives of the CCCA
  • information on the website of APCC WG
  • entry in the CCCA website’s calendar
  • in addition, proponents of a topic are invited to present their proposal in WG meetings.

A roadmap providing a medium-term outlook on potential future Special Reports should be developed in subsequent stakeholder workshops (with financial partners, practice partners from politics, business and other fields of action).

A Special Report must fulfil the following criteria:

The topic must have a sufficient range.

  • The scientific community is large enough to comprehensively cover the topic.
  • Utilisable studies, literature, etc. are available in sufficient quantity and quality.
  • The community is prepared and willing to develop an APCC product.
  • Funding by stakeholders/financiers is possible.