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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to assess the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of human induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for mitigation and adaptation. The IPCC has completed three full assessment reports, guidelines and methodologies, special reports and technical papers. For more information on the IPCC, its activities and publications please see the IPCC homepage.

The IPCC has three working groups

o             Working Group I: The Science of Climate Change

o             Working Group II: Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability

o             Working Group III: Mitigation of climate change

o             and a Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Inventories

This is the Working Group II website. In its reports, Working Group II assesses the scientific, technical, environmental, economic and social aspects of the vulnerability (sensitivity and adaptability) to climate change of, and the negative and positive consequences for, ecological systems, socio-economic sectors and human health, with an emphasis on regional sectoral and cross-sectoral issues. Working Group II is guided by a Bureau, which is chaired by Osvaldo Canziani (Argentina) and Martin Parry (UK). Working Group II also has a Technical Support Unit (TSU) to help direct the production of reports. The TSU is housed in the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office. More on the organisation of Working Group II and information for contacting members of the TSU is available on this website.


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