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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IPCC Working Group II extends Sixth Assessment Report schedule — GENEVA, April 24 – Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which assesses scientific literature relating to impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, has revised the timeline for preparing its contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) because of Read more

IPCC develops strategic response to impact of COVID-19 on work programme — GENEVA, April 2 - During the current global public health crisis, the IPCC Secretariat and Technical Support Units continue to operate remotely. The IPCC has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and related measures undertaken by governments. We support the strong Read more

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

The IPCC Working Group II (WGII) 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 and eight Vice-Chairs which form the WGII Bureau. WGII is supported by a Technical Support Unit (TSU) located in Bremen, Germany, and Durban, South Africa.

Reports

Since the IPCC was created in 1988, WGII has contributed to five Assessment Reports and numerous Special Reports. In the current Sixth Assessment Cycle, WGII 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 WGII was the lead on. The WGII contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, is scheduled to be finalized in 2021.

 
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, WGII 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 COP 25

December 2, 2019
Lead Author Meetings

Third Lead Author Meeting of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land

From 3 to 7 September 2018, IPCC Working Group III organised the Third Lead Author Meeting in Dublin, Ireland

September 3, 2018
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News

 
Press Release

IPCC opens second draft of Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report for government and expert review

GENEVA, 27 Nov – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will open the Second-Order Draft of the Working Group …

November 2020
Press Release

IPCC Working Group II to hold a series of virtual meetings to advance work on its Assessment Report

GENEVA, Aug 11 – Experts in the fields of climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability will meet virtually from 17 …

August 2020
Press Release

IPCC announces Synthesis Report Core Writing Team

Reissued on 13 August 2020 to include the role of ex-officio members in the Core Writing Team. Reissued on 22 …

July 2020
Meeting

IPCC to hold first virtual Bureau meeting

Reissued on 18 May to correct the definition of Working Group II GENEVA, May 18 – The Intergovernmental Panel on …

May 2020
Press Release

IPCC Working Group II extends Sixth Assessment Report schedule

GENEVA, April 24 – Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which assesses scientific literature relating to …

April 2020
Statement

IPCC develops strategic response to impact of COVID-19 on work programme

GENEVA, April 2 – During the current global public health crisis, the IPCC Secretariat and Technical Support Units continue to …

April 2020
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Co-Chairs

 

Hans-Otto Pörtner

Co-Chair, Working Group II
Germany

Debra Roberts

Co-Chair, Working Group II
South Africa

Vice-Chairs

 

Andreas Fischlin

Vice-Chair
Switzerland

Mark Howden

Vice-Chair
Australia

Carlos Méndez

Vice-Chair
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Joy Jacqueline Pereira

Vice-Chair
Malaysia

Roberto A. Sánchez-Rodríguez

Vice-Chair
Mexico

Sergey Semenov

Vice-Chair
Russian Federation

Pius Yanda

Vice-Chair
Tanzania, United Republic of

Taha M. Zatari

Vice-Chair
Saudi Arabia

TSU Staff

 

Melinda Tignor

Head of TSU-Working Group II
Germany

Elvira Poloczanska

Science Advisor to Working Group II Co-Chairs and TSU
Germany

Katja Mintenbeck

Director of Science
Germany

Bard Rama

Director of Operations
Germany

Almut Niebuhr

Science Officer
Germany

Vincent Möller

Science Officer
Germany

Daniel Belling

Science Officer

Sina Löschke

Communications Manager
Germany

Komila Nabiyeva

Communications Manager
Germany

Andrés Alegría

Graphics Officer
Germany
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