THE Australian scientist who compiled a disputed UN report on climate change is pushing for a more rigorous review of data.
Professor Jean Palutikof, who spent five years at the British Met Office preparing the UN report, Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, admitted yesterday the existing system was flawed because "quite a lot" of information had not been peer-reviewed by independent scientists before publication.
She said the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which underpins international decision-making by governments, "needs to remain very credible".
"It would be a shame if the IPCC became suspect," Professor Palutikof told The Australian yesterday.
The UN has asked the Academy of Sciences to review the IPCC's processes, after widespread criticism of its Fourth Assessment Report, which Professor Palutikof managed. Flaws included a statement that most Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035, based on a report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Professor Palutikof said that the authors of the next IPCC report would need to be "very, very, very careful about writing things down every step of the way".