Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

Working Group II assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change and options for adapting to it.

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Working Group II of the IPCC assesses the impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilities related to climate change.

The IPCC Working Group II  assesses the impacts of climate change, from a world-wide to a regional view of ecosystems and biodiversity, and of humans and their diverse societies, cultures and settlements. It considers their vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of these natural and human systems to adapt to climate change and thereby reduce climate-associated risks together with options for creating a sustainable future for all through an equitable and integrated approach to mitigation and adaptation efforts at all scales.

Working Group II is led by two Co-Chairs, Bart van den Hurk, based in the Netherlands, and Winston Chow, based in Singapore. They are supported by eight Vice-Chairs from different regions who make up the Working Group II Bureau. Bureau members provide guidance to the Panel on the scientific and technical aspects of its work, advise on related management and strategic issues, and take decisions on specific issues such as the selection of authors and review editors. They also oversee scientific quality and engages with the wider scientific community, both regionally and globally. The Co-Chairs and Bureau Members are supported by the Working Group II Technical Support Unit.

Reports

Since the IPCC was created in 1988, Working Group II has contributed to six Assessment Reports and numerous Special Reports. In the  Sixth Assessment Cycle, Working Group II contributed to three IPCC Special Reports: Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15), Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) and The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), which Working Group II was the lead on. The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability was finalized in 2022.

 
Special Report

Climate Change and Land

August 2019
Special Report

Global Warming of 1.5°C

October 2018
Synthesis Report

AR5 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2014

October 2014
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Activities

To support the assessment process, Working Group II organizes various meetings including Sessions of the Working Group and its Bureau, as well as various workshops, expert meetings and co-sponsored meetings. WGII also organizes and takes part in various communications and outreach activities in order to disseminate the findings of the reports. 

 
UNFCCC

IPCC at COP28

November 30, 2023
Meeting

Fifty-eighth Session of the IPCC

March 13, 2023
UNFCCC

IPCC at COP27

November 6, 2022
Meeting

Fifty-Seventh Session of the IPCC

September 27, 2022
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News

 
Media Advisory

IPCC meets in Latvia to draft outline of Special Report on Climate Change and Cities

GENEVA, April 12 – Over 140 experts from 65 countries will meet next week in Riga, Latvia, to draft the …

April 2024
Speeches

IPCC Chair’s remarks during the Opening of the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial

Copenhagen, Denmark. 21 March 2024 CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Excellencies, distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. First, a thank you to our …

March 2024
Vacancies

Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence Officer of IPCC Working Group II [Closed]

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is filling the position of Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence …

February 2024
Vacancies

Science Officer of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is filling the position of Science Officer of the IPCC …

January 2024
Press Release

IPCC agrees on the set of scientific reports for the seventh assessment cycle

ISTANBUL, Jan 20 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will deliver a set of reports assessing the latest …

January 2024
Vacancies

Head of Technical Support Unit / Science – Research (CIS / IPCC WGII TSU)

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is filling the position of Head of Technical Support Unit/Science …

January 2024
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Co-Chairs

 

Bart van den Hurk

Co-Chair, Working Group II
Netherlands

Winston Chow

Co-Chair, Working Group II
Singapore

Vice-Chairs

 

Fatima Denton

Vice-Chair, Working Group II
Gambia

Laura Gallardo

Vice-Chair, Working Group II
Chile

Cromwel Lukorito

Vice-Chair, Working Group II
Kenya

Carlos Méndez

Vice-Chair, Working Group II
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Mark Howden

Vice-Chair, Working Group II
Australia

Raman Sukumar

Vice-Chair, Working Group II
India

Adelle Thomas

Vice-Chair, Working Group II
Bahamas

Zinta Zommers

Vice-Chair, Working Group II
Latvia

TSU Staff

 

Melinda Tignor

Head of TSU-Working Group II
Netherlands

Noëmie Leprince-Ringuet

Head of Operations
France

Sherine El-Wattar

Science Network Officer
Netherlands

Azra Alikadic

Science Officer
Netherlands

Samantha Thian

Administrative & Programme Officer
Singapore

Thijs Balder

Graphics & Storyline Design Officer
Netherlands

Wahab Sahari

Internet Technology Officer
Singapore

Contact

To contact IPCC Working Group II, please send us an email to ipcc-sec@wmo.int