About IPCC Switzerland

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The IPCC is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC was founded in November 1988 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The IPCC's role is to outline the state of academic research on climate change and its potential consequences for the environment, society and the economy. Thousands of scientists from around the world contribute to IPCC's work on a voluntary basis. The IPCC Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland.


The Working Groups

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Satellitenbild des Archipels Hawaii
Satellitenbild des Archipels Hawaii (Image: Jacques Descloitres, NASA)

The IPCC Working Group I (WG I) develops the scientific basis of the climate system and climate change. The main topics of the working group are: Changes in greenhouse gases and aerosols in the atmosphere, temperature changes in the air, soil and oceans, rainfall, glaciers and ice sheets, ocean and sea levels, biochemistry, carbon cycles, satellite data, climate models, climate protection, causes of climate change.

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Kleiner Perlmutterfalter
Kleiner Perlmutterfalter (Image: flickr, public domain photos)

The IPCC Working Group II (WG II) assesses the vulnerability of the socio-economic and natural systems to climate change. Consequences of climate change and adaptation options are discussed. The sectors water resources, ecosystems, food, forests, coasts, industry, health and the various regions Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, North America, polar regions, small island groups are considered separately.

Shanghai Smog
Image: Alex Needham
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Shanghai Smog
Shanghai Smog (Image: Alex Needham)

The IPCC Working Group III (WG III) is investigating the mitigation of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The sectors studied are: Energy, transport, infrastructure, industry, agriculture, forestry and waste management. The costs and benefits of the various approaches are analysed using existing instruments and policy measures.

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