Last week, the review of the second draft of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report began. Some readers here are IPCC reviewers and may not be aware of the following provision of Appendix A to the Principles Governing IPCC Work http://www.ipcc.ch/about/app-a.pdf, which states that:
"All written expert, and government review comments will be made available to reviewers on request during the review process…."
Last week, I sent a note to the IPCC WG1 Technical Services Unit ( see ipcc.wg1-ucar.edu ) stating:
I would like to inspect "all written expert and governmental review comments" related to Chapter 6 – Paleoclimate provided up to the release of the Second Draft. Would you please provide me with information on how these can be accessed. Thank you for your attention.
I was not given a digital version, but today received by Fedex a hardcopy printout entitled "Expert Review Comments on First-Order Draft" – marked "Confidential, Do Not Cite, Quote or Distribute". I do not believe that the imprecations prevent me from mentioning the existence of the document without incurring thunderbolts from on high, but you never know. Can I say that I found the comments to be enlightening? For any of you that are IPCC reviewers, I highly recommend the exercise of getting the corresponding document for the section that interests you.