We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.

The full article is available here as HTML.

Press Ctrl-C to copy

If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [8MB].

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.