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. 

 
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
Meeting

Fifty-Third Session of the IPCC

December 7, 2020
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News

 
Press Release

IPCC advances work on the Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment Cycle

GENEVA, 25 Apr – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a four-day-long meeting of experts on Monday in …

April 2022
Media Advisory

Media interviews with IPCC authors of Working Group III contribution to Sixth Assessment Report

REGISTRATION CLOSED. All interviews requests for after 5 April should be sent to interviews@ipcc.ch. This media advisory was updated on …

March 2022
Statement

Remarks by the IPCC Chair during the press conference to present the Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report

Monday, 28 February 2022 Distinguished representatives of the media, WMO Secretary-General Petteri, UNEP Executive Director Andersen, We have just heard …

February 2022
Press Release

Climate change: a threat to human wellbeing and health of the planet. Taking action now can secure our future

BERLIN, Feb 28 – Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of …

February 2022
Media Advisory

Live stream of virtual IPCC press conference releasing the report on Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, noon (12.00 p.m.) CET on 28 February 2022

BERLIN, Feb 25 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold a virtual press conference to present the …

February 2022
Media Advisory

Virtual Press Conference: Launch of IPCC Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report, 28 February 2022 at noon (12:00) CET

Updated on 17 February to include terms of the embargo. BERLIN, Feb 16 – On 28 February 2022, the Intergovernmental …

February 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

Bard Rama

Director of Operations
Germany

Sina Löschke

Communications Manager
Germany

Komila Nabiyeva

Communications Manager
Germany

Andrés Alegría

Graphics Officer
Germany

Stefanie Langsdorf

Graphics Officer
Germany

Andrew Okem

Science Officer
South Africa

Marlies Craig

Science Officer
South Africa
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Contact

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