The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) main task is to gather scientific, technical, and socio-economic knowledge and asses it from a scientific point of view.

In addition to presenting scientific fundamentals, impacts, and risks of climate change, the IPCC points out possibilities for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The Fifth Assessment Report was published in 2013 and 2014. It consists of the contributions by the three working groups and an overarching synthesis report. Either a printed or an electronic version can be obtained:

In April 2016, the IPCC Bureau approved a strategic timetable for the Sixth Assessment Cycle (2016-2022).

As part of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Cycle, three Special Reports will be drawn up in addition to the Sixth Assessment Report with its three Working Groups:

  • 1.5°C global warming. This Special Report is to meet UNFCCC’s request for a report on the state of knowledge concerning the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission;
  • the land sector including desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, and food security;
  • oceans and cryosphere

More information can be found here.