The IPCC Working Group II report Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability warns the world faces unavoidable, multiple climate hazards over the next two decades, and risks for society and nature are set to increase. As more and more intense climate impacts are already being felt, the world needs to urgently step-up action and re-balance the focus between adaptation and mitigation to allow countries to better respond to climate change impacts.
The IPCC assessments play a special role as they constitute the ultimate source of knowledge on climate change. They not only build consensus around key scientific questions, and inform policies, but also provide an important guidance for the strategic programming of EU-funded research, helping to focus on the most pressing knowledge gaps and policy-relevant research. The year 2022 is key for the Panel and climate science as it brings about the finalisation of IPCC milestone reports.
The European Union, through its successive Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation (R&I), is among the top funders of the evidence base underpinning the IPCC reports. The recent analysis covering a sample of IPCC reports concludes that publications to which EU funding has contributed account for approximately 12% of all references cited. By filling critical knowledge gaps, EU funded research contributes to increasing the robustness of research findings. This way, EU-funded projects contribute to improving the effectiveness of both national and international climate policies and processes, including those underpinning the implementation of the Paris Agreement. They also play an important role in increasing public support for more ambitious climate action through a variety of outreach activities
To celebrate the publication of the IPCC Working Group II report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, this brochure highlights the contribution of EU-funded projects to developing science and solutions for climate adaptation. The projects featured in this publication showcase some of the outstanding EU-funded research on topics that range from improved understanding of physical climate impacts at global-to-local scales, tipping points in Earth systems, extreme weather events and their cascading effects on the economy and society; to customised adaptation measures that build resilience through climate services, nature-based solutions and other innovations. We are proud to see ARSINOE project among the projects featured in the publication. The expected results of all these projects are key to paving the way towards a climate-resilient development.
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