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As part of our round of interviews with the people seeking to lead the most authoritative body in climate science, we speak with Swiss scientist Thomas Stocker.
Building on his 17 years of experience in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Stocker outlines three priorities for the future, starting with the need to improve communication between scientists and policymakers.
Second on his list is scientific rigour, an IPCC hallmark that is particularly important as the public debate over climate change becomes increasingly politicised.
Should he be elected chair next month, Stocker will also focus on strengthening the detail and robustness of local climate data. Not only will better regional knowledge enable a more effective conversation between local scientists and the IPCC, but it will also benefit global climate science.