Princeton's Oppenheimer, an author of upcoming UN climate-change report, available for comment

Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer will be available to comment on the upcoming release of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which will examine the risks and consequences of climate change for humans and nature, and the ways to adapt to them.

Oppenheimer is a coordinating lead author of the Working Group II report, which is the second part of the Fifth Assessment Report from the IPCC, an organization under the auspices of the United Nations that periodically evaluates the effects of climate change.

Oppenheimer, a long-time participant in the IPCC and an expert on sea-level rise, will be available for interviews following the report's release at 9 a.m. Monday, March 31, in Yokohama, Japan, or 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30 EST.

The document is one of four parts of the Fifth Assessment Report. The Working Group I report released in September assessed research on the physical-science basis of climate change from the past several years. Climate-change mitigation will be addressed in the third working group report to be approved in April 2014. The synthesis report — of which Oppenheimer is a member of the core writing team — will offer an overview of the IPCC's work and will be released around October 2014.

Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton and directs the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He can be contacted through Princeton science writer Morgan Kelly at 609-258-5729, or