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 and Government Reviews of the Second Order Drafts of two IPCC Special Reports — GENEVA, November 9 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is inviting experts and governments to review the Second Order Drafts of two Special Reports that will be launched next year. The Expert and Government Review for the Special Read more

IPCC authors meet in China to develop ocean and cryosphere report — LANZHOU, China, July 19 - Experts from around the world will come together in Lanzhou, China, on 23 – 28 July 2018 to advance preparations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere Read more

Selection of Authors for IPCC Sixth Assessment Report — GENEVA, April 6 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has invited 721 experts from 90 countries to participate in the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors. This allows work to start 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

Global Warming of 1.5°C

October 2018
Working Group Report

AR1: Impacts Assessment of Climate Change

July 1990

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

 
Press Release

Authors of IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere meet in Russia

KAZAN, Russian Federation, Feb 28 – Experts nominated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will meet in Russia …

February 2019
Statement

Media reports on the draft IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

GENEVA, Feb 5 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes that news articles have appeared citing a draft …

February 2019
Media Advisory

IPCC authors meet in Colombia for final stages of Climate Change and Land report

GENEVA, Feb 5 –Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors will meet in Cali, Colombia, on 11-15 February 2019 to …

February 2019
Press Release

IPCC Working Group II starts preparing their contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report

DURBAN, South Africa, Jan 15 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II, which deals with the …

January 2019
Media Advisory

The IPCC at COP24

GENEVA, Nov 27 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC will be present at the Katowice Climate Change Conference …

November 2018
Press Release

Registration opens for Expert and Government Reviews of the Second Order Drafts of two IPCC Special Reports

GENEVA, November 9 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is inviting experts and governments to review the Second …

November 2018
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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

Maike Nicolai

Communications Officer
Germany

Andrés Alegría

Graphics Officer
Germany

Jan Petzold

Science Officer
Germany

Nora Weyer

Science Officer
Germany

Andrew Okem

Science Officer
South Africa

Marlies Craig

Science Officer
South Africa
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