Reader Michael Smith asked about the provenance of Figure 1.1 in the SPM for the AR4 Synthesis Report. While we’ve had some discussions of WG1, we’ve not discussed the Synthesis Report before. While following up the references for this Figure, I encountered the WG1 FAQ – a document which I had previously not noticed.
The FAQ are online here.
I suppose that one of the reasons that I hadn’t noticed the document is that it was never presented to IPCC WG1 reviewers, of which I was one. We were provided copies of the chapters and the Summary for Policy-makers, but the FAQ was not provided to Reviewers. See here for what was given to reviewers. I’ve consulted the WG1 SPM that was approved in Feb 2007 and it contains a reference to the FAQ, so some form existed at the time of the SPM.
It’s a useful and interesting summary. But does anyone know anything about when the FAQ document was released, what caused it to be written, how it was written, who wrote it or what its review process consisted of?