The Adaptation Committee of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is the government’s statutory adviser on preparing for climate change. Under the Climate Change Act (2008) the Adaptation Committee has two main roles:
• To provide independent, expert advice on the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA).
• To report to Parliament on progress with implementation of the National Adaptation Programme (England only).
To do this, the Adaptation Committee conducts independent analysis into climate change science, economics and policy, and engages with a wide range of organisations and individuals to share evidence and analysis. The CCC’s past reports are available at http://www.theccc.org.uk/publications/.
In January 2018, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) asked the CCC to produce an Evidence Report to inform the 3rd UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, or CCRA3. In turn, the CCC has commissioned a range of research projects to underpin the report and is commissioning a consortium of expert authors to write the CCRA3 Evidence Report Technical Chapters. The CCC will lead on producing the synthesis report that will summarise the urgency of different risks and opportunities, drawing on the technical chapters and supporting research. The Evidence Report will be published in summer 2021.
The CCRA3 work programme requires high quality peer review to ensure that the analysis is robust, scientifically credible and thorough. With this aim in mind, the CCC are tendering for a CCRA3 Peer Review Panel Chair to oversee the process of peer reviewing the draft outputs from the CCRA3 research projects and the technical chapters of the Evidence Report.