Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

WG 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 experts1 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 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.Since IPCC was created in 1988, WGII has produced 5 contributions to IPCC’s Assessment Reports and contributed to numerous Special Reports. IPCC is in its Sixth Assessment Cycle and in this cycle, WGII is currently 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 Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report will be finalized in 2021.

Working Group II (WGII) 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. The WGII Co-Chairs are Hans-Otto Pörtner from Germany and Debra Roberts from South Africa.

Reports

Since IPCC inception, WGII has prepared 5 contributions to IPCC’s Assessment Reports. It has also prepared several Special Reports related to impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilities related to climate change.  In this Sixth Assessment Cycle, WGII is the operational leadon the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) to be finalized in 2019, and the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report to be finalized in 2021.

 
Special Report

Climate Change and Land

August 2019
Special Report

Global Warming of 1.5°C

October 2018
Working Group Report

AR1: Impacts Assessment of Climate Change

July 1990
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News

 
Vacancies

Job offer: Graphics Officer in the Working Group II Technical Support Unit

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

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

Registration opens for Expert Review of the First Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

GENEVA, April 19 – The Expert Review of the First Order Draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) …

April 2018
Press Release

Selection of Authors for IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

GENEVA, April 6 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has invited 721 experts1 from 90 countries to participate …

April 2018
Press Release

IPCC authors meet in Ecuador to develop ocean and cryosphere report

QUITO, Ecuador, Feb 8 – Experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will meet in Quito, Ecuador, on …

February 2018
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Co-Chairs

 

Hans-Otto Pörtner

Co-Chair
Germany

Debra Roberts

Co-Chair
South Africa

Vice-Chairs

 

Andreas Fischlin

WG Vice-Chair
Switzerland

Mark Howden

WG Vice-Chair
Australia

Carlos Méndez

WG Vice-Chair
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Joy Jacqueline Pereira

WG Vice-Chair
Malaysia

Roberto A. Sánchez-Rodríguez

WG Vice-Chair
Mexico

Sergey Semenov

WG Vice-Chair
Russian Federation

Pius Yanda

WG Vice-Chair
Tanzania, United Republic of

Taha M. Zatari

WG 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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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. Together with IPCC’s WG I and III, WGII also prepares Guidance Papers for authors to help them in preparing our reports. Guidance papers are considered to be supporting material which is prepared for consideration by the IPCC and has not been subject to the formal IPCC review process. WGII also organizes and takes part in various communications and outreach activities in order to disseminate the findings of the reports it has prepared. 

 
Lead Author Meetings

Second Lead Author Meeting of the IPCC Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report

From 14 to 19 July 2019, IPCC Working Group II will organise the Second Lead Author Meeting of the Sixth …

July 14, 2019
Lead Author Meetings

Fourth Lead Author Meeting for Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

From 4 to 9 March 2019, IPCC Working Group II will organise the Fourth Lead Author Meeting of the Special …

March 4, 2019
Lead Author Meetings

First Lead Author Meeting of the IPCC Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report

From 21 to 25 January 2019, IPCC Working Group II will organise the First Lead Author Meeting of the Sixth …

January 21, 2019
Lead Author Meetings

Third Lead Author Meeting for Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

From 23 to 27 July 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II organized the Third Lead …

July 23, 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

Second Lead Author Meeting for Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

From 12 to 16 February 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II organized the Second Lead …

February 12, 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
Lead Author Meetings

First Lead Author Meeting for Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

From 2 to 6 October 2017 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) brought together around 100 experts from more …

October 2, 2017
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