Anna Pirani

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NationalityItalian and British
Alma mater
  • National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
  • UK Universities Global Atmospheric Modelling Programme (UGAMP)
  • University of Southampton}
  • University of East Anglia

Anna Pirani is the Head of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I (WGI). She has a vital role in the development of WGI contribution to the IPCC’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change#Sixth%20assessment%20report|Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and has contributed to both the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (IPCC SR1.5 report), 2018; and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (IPCC SROCC site), 2019. She works closely with the WGI Bureau (including its co-Chairs Valerie Masson-Delmotte|Valérie Masson-Delmotte and Panmao Zhai), IPCC authors, and the TSU to facilitate scientific assessment reports that are produced for international policy makers, as well as wider audiences. The AR6 WGI report is expected to be approved at the end of July 2021.

As Head of the TSU, she helps coordinate the preparation of SPM visuals with information designers and cognitive scientists. For the AR6 cycle, WGI is implementing the FAIR data|FAIR (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability) principles and fostering the long-term curation of open source software for figures and data used within the WGI AR6. In addition, principles of inclusivity of participation have been implemented as part of this cycle. Dr Pirani is a member of the IPCC Gender Task Group on the development of a Gender Policy within the IPCC.

Prior to working at the IPCC WGI TSU, Anna was Deputy Director of the CLIVAR Project of the World Climate Research Programme, working on coordinated ocean and climate modelling, climate dynamics and climate extremes activities. Anna holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography. Her research interests include working on coordinated ocean and climate modelling, climate dynamics and climate extremes activities.

Early life influences

Anna was inspired by David Attenborough and his documentaries to pursue a career in oceanography and work on environmental issues. After contacting him for guidance, Mr Attenborough wrote her a letter giving university course advice.

Languages: English, Italian, French, and Spanish


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