Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established by WMO and
UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant
for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for
adaptation and mitigation.
The IPCC does not carry out research nor does it monitor climate related data
or other relevant parameters. It bases its assessment mainly on peer reviewed
and published scientific/technical literature. Its role, organization,
participation and general procedures are laid down in the "Principles Governing
The IPCC has three Working Groups and a Task Force
-Working Group I assesses the scientific aspects of the climate system and
-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.
-Working Group III assesses options for limiting greenhouse gas emissions
and otherwise mitigating climate change.
-The Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories is responsible for
the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme.
[Summary provided by the WMS.]