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IPCC, 2012: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA, 582 pp.



Summary for Policy Makers

IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland. pp 19.


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Full Report and Individual Chapters and Annexes downloads

Full Report

Individual Chapters and Annexes are available here




SREX Website


At the 29th session of the Panel (31 August - 4 September 2008 . Geneva, Switzerland), Norway introduced a proposal, prepared in collaboration with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), for a Special Report on extreme events and disasters, with an emphasis on risk management. The Panel agreed to further develop the concept. It also requested that the Norwegian delegation revise its proposal for further consideration by the Bureau. At the 38th session of the IPCC Bureau (24-25 November 2008 . Geneva, Switzerland), a revised proposal was presented. The Bureau requested that Working Group II take the lead on organizing a scoping meeting, in collaboration with Working Group I, which was conducted 23-26 March 2009 (hosted by the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority in Oslo, Norway). The Scoping Meeting Proceedings provide additional detail. A Scoping Paper describing process and objectives, and providing an annotated outline of the proposed Special Report, was distributed in advance of the 39th session of the Bureau and the following 30th session of the IPCC (20-23 April 2009 . Antalya, Turkey). The document was discussed at length at the Bureau and Panel sessions, and a decision (see press release) was taken on 23 April 2009 to prepare the Special Report, following IPCC procedures and with the involvement of ISDR. It was further decided that Working Group II would oversee preparation of the assessment with the involvement of Working Group I.


The SREX Summary for Policymakers was approved during the Working Groups I and II First Joint Session in Uganda, 14-17 November 2011. The underlying Chapters were accepted during the Session and the full Report is available here.



Background information

SREX Chapter Outline

SREX Writing Team

SREX Provisional Schedule

SREX Guidance Note on Disclosure of Interests


Please see the Special Report on Extreme Events website for more detail.