Contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. EClim members have been involved in various roles since 2010 supporting the assessment activities of the IPCC. These roles have included:

  • Editorship and authorship of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).
  • Editorship of the Working Group I contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), and authorship of the Summary for Policy-Makers and Technical Summaries.
  • Authorship of the Working Group II contribution to the AR5 (Chapter 18: Detection and Attribution of Observed Impacts).
  • Scientific scoping and authorship of the Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

Current activities

For the 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of Working Group II, Christian Huggel and Veruska Muccione are currently serving as Lead Authors on the Central and South American, and European regional chapters respectively, while EClim is also heavily involved in the cross-chapter paper on mountains.

To further support the AR6, EClim is coordinating a Mentoring and Training Program in IPCC Processes for Early Career Mountain Researchers. Supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the program aims to support the professional development of early career researchers, strengthening their expert contributions on mountains and climate change and enhancing their eligibility to participate as authors in future regional and global assessments for science-policy processes. Six participants are engaged in the programme covering a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in the natural and social sciences, and represent countries in mountain regions in Africa, South America, South Asia, and Central Asia.

Risks, impacts, adaptation, climate policy, South America, Europe, mountains
2018 – 2022 (AR6)
Project website
  • Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)
  • Helvetas
  • SDC
  • UZH