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. 

 
Meeting

Fifty-Third Session of the IPCC

December 7, 2020
UNFCCC

IPCC at COP 25

December 2, 2019
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News

 
Obituary

Obituary: Dr Cristóbal Díaz Morejón

It is with great sadness that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has learnt of the death of one …

April 2021
Press Release

IPCC opens session to consider essential business matters

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has opened a meeting to consider essential business as work on the Sixth …

March 2021
Statement

Statement by IPCC Chair: Opening of Fourth Lead Author Meeting of Working Group II for the Sixth Assessment Report

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Opening ceremony of the Fourth Lead Author Meeting of Working Group II for the Sixth Assessment ReportVirtual/hosted …

March 2021
Press Release

IPCC authors meet virtually to work on upcoming report

GENEVA, Feb 25 – Authors from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II, which assesses climate change …

February 2021
Announcement

IPCC authors in team awarded Council of Europe’s 2020 North-South Prize

Four IPCC authors working on the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) are part of the team of Mediterranean Experts on Climate …

February 2021
Press Release

IPCC advances work on final product of upcoming assessment report

GENEVA, 25 Jan – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a week-long virtual meeting of experts on Monday …

January 2021
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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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