Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability - Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

From the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II, this report summarizes the 2007 scientific understanding of the impacts of climate change on natural, managed, and human systems around the world, the capacity of these systems to adapt, and their vulnerability. It builds upon past IPCC assessments and incorporates new knowledge gained since the Third Assessment. Consistent with all IPCC reports, the WGII contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report is a comprehensive assessment of the peer-reviewed published literature and selected gray literature on climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability.

Chapter 14 of the Technical Summary addresses North America. Within this chapter both current and future impacts and vulnerabilities are synthesized for major sectors including freshwater resources, ecosystems, coastal regions, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, human health, human settlements, tourism and recreation, energy, industry and transportation. It highlights observed adaptation practices, adaptive options, and barriers to action.

Publication Date: 2007

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Martin L. Parry
  • Osvaldo F. Canziani
  • Jean P. Palutikof
  • Paul J. van der Linden
  • Clair E. Hanson

Related Organizations:

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


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Resource Types:

  • Assessment
  • Climate science


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