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

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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 (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 COP27

November 6, 2022
Event

Fifty-Seventh Session of the IPCC

September 27, 2022
UNFCCC

IPCC at the Bonn Climate Conference

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is taking part in the Bonn Climate Change Conference from 6 to 16 June …

June 6, 2022
Expert Meetings & Workshops

ICOMOS-IPCC-UNESCO Co-Sponsored Meeting

December 6, 2021
UNFCCC

IPCC at COP 26

The IPCC will be taking part in the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 …

October 31, 2021
Bureau Meeting

Sixtieth Session of the IPCC Bureau

March 16, 2021
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News

 
Media Advisory

IPCC circulates final draft of Synthesis Report to Sixth Assessment Report

GENEVA, Nov 25 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has circulated the final draft of the Summary for …

November 2022
Statement

IPCC Chair’s remarks at the 2022 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity Award Ceremony

Lisbon, 13 Oct 2022Check against delivery Your Excellency, President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa Professor Antonio Feijó, President …

October 2022
Announcement

IPCC named Co-laureate of the 2022 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is honored to have been declared a co-laureate of the 2022 Gulbenkian Prize …

October 2022
Announcement

25th Anniversary of the Data Distribution Centre

The Data Distribution Centre (DDC) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) is marking 25 years of support to …

September 2022
Statement

Remarks by the IPCC Chair during the opening of the 57th Session of the IPCC

27 September 2022 CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Distinguished Delegates, ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues, Welcome to the 57th Session of the …

September 2022
Media Advisory

Revised schedule of the IPCC Synthesis Report

GENEVA, Sept 9 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has rescheduled the approval session for the Synthesis Report …

September 2022
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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

Sina Löschke

Communications Manager
Germany

Andrés Alegría

Scientific Data & Graphics Officer
Germany

Stefanie Langsdorf

Graphics Officer
Germany

Marlies Craig

Science Officer
South Africa

Nina Krebs

Science Officer
Germany

Anka Mühle

Administrative Officer
Germany

Esté Prentzler

Production Assistant
Germany
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