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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Registration opens for Expert Review of IPCC Working Group II contribution to IPCC Sixth Assessment Report — GENEVA, Oct 11 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), currently working on its next comprehensive report, the Sixth Assessment Report  (AR6), will open the Working Group II contribution for a first review by experts from 18 October to 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 is contributing 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 is the lead on. The SROCC will be finalized in 2019 and the WGII contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, will 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. 

 
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
Lead Author Meetings

Fourth Lead Author Meeting for the Special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels

Fourth Lead Author Meeting for the Special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels Gaborone, Botswana, …

April 9, 2018
Lead Author Meetings

Third Lead Author Meeting for the Special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels

Third Lead Author Meeting for the Special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels Malmö, Sweden, …

October 23, 2017
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News

 
Event

Registration opens for Expert Review of IPCC Working Group II contribution to IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

GENEVA, Oct 11 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), currently working on its next comprehensive report, the Sixth …

October 2019
Vacancies

Science Officer in the Technical Support Unit (IPCC WGII)

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

October 2019
Vacancies

Director of Communications and Outreach in the Technical Support Unit (IPCC WGII)

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is filling the position of Director of Communications & Outreach …

October 2019
Press Release

Choices made now are critical for the future of our ocean and cryosphere

MONACO, Sept 25 – The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, …

September 2019
Media Advisory

Arrangements for live-stream of IPCC press conference on 25 September 2019

MONACO, Sept 24 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold a press conference in Monaco on Wednesday …

September 2019
Press Release

B-Roll from the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

MONACO, Sept 23 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will make footage of the press conference of the …

September 2019
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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

Andrés Alegría

Graphics Officer
Germany

Stefanie Langsdorf

Graphics Officer
Germany

Andrew Okem

Science Officer
South Africa

Marlies Craig

Science Officer
South Africa

Anka Freund

Administrative Officer
Germany

Philisiwe Manqele

Administrative Officer
South Africa
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