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MSU graduate named a lead author of climate change report

July 28, 2010 -- MSU News Service

MSU graduate Hiza Redsteer has been named a lead author in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (USGS photo)   High-Res Available

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Montana State University graduate and U.S. Geological Survey scientist Margaret Hiza Redsteer has been named a lead author in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Hiza Redsteer has been assigned to Chapter 15 of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), entitled Adaption, Planning, and Implementation. The AR5 has a 4-year drafting process, with publication expected in 2014. The IPCC has issued four of these reports since its creation in 1988, with the purpose of assessing the major scientific and technical issues confronting governments and other parties interested in climate change.

Hiza Redsteer, a member of the Crow Nation, is a research geologist who leads the Navajo Land Use Planning Project in Flagstaff, Ariz. Much of her work has centered on studying the linkages between geology, climate and land-use history to assess climate change impacts to communities and the landscape they live on.

Her education includes a B.S. in geology with extended hydrogeology emphasis; an M.S. in sedimentology from Montana State University; and a Ph.D. in isotope and trace element geochemistry from Oregon State University.

Hiza Redsteer is among 311 coordinating lead authors, lead authors, and review authors, who were chosen from 1,208 nominees submitted by governments all around the world for the Working Group 2 contribution to IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. The position of lead author is voluntary, as no pay is given by the IPCC.

The IPCC is a joint project of the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization. It provides non-partisan, independent scientific information on the effects and processes of climate change to governments and other stakeholders.

A full list of the authors may be accessed at

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