IPCC Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability report released - perspective from the Program Manager

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

IPCC WGII contribution to AR5: Planting mangrove seedlings as a classroom project in Funafala, Tuvalu. © David J. Wilson

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II has released its report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability as the second volume of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). This report focuses on what many of us think about in our work: what effects will climate change have on species and resources, and what can we do about it.  As Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II Chris Field put it: "“Understanding that climate change is a challenge in managing risk opens a wide range of opportunities for integrating adaptation with economic and social development and with initiatives to limit future warming. We definitely face challenges, but understanding those challenges and tackling them creatively can make climate-change adaptation an important way to help build a more vibrant world in the near-term and beyond.”

As a reminder, IPCC Assessments Reports are not original research publications; they are summaries of the state of the science related to climate change, updated every 5 years.  That said, they are incredible efforts of hundreds of experts and, quite frankly, can be a boon to those of us without the time or expertise to track the developments of every aspect of every field that is touched by this issue (which is everyone).  And for those of you who think that consuming a ~3000 page review still seems too daunting, the IPCC has produced a Technical Summary and a Summary for Policymakers, along with a video and a powerpoint presentation, that could be helpful for updating presentations, communicating to students and colleagues, and just generally getting updated on the latest climate science.

-->  IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5): http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/