Bart van den Hurk elected as co-chair IPCC Working Group II

Professor Bart van den Hurk, Scientific Director at Deltares, has today been elected as co-chair for the 7th Assessment Cycle of the IPCC’s Working Group II. The vote took place during the 59th IPCC plenary meeting in the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya.

Bart will co-chair Working Group II together with Professor Winston Chow, Associate Professor of Urban Climate and Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow based at Singapore Management University (SMU).

The Netherlands and Singapore are close partners working together on climate change, sharing knowledge, and developing pathways for the future.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. Thousands of people from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC. For the assessment reports, experts volunteer their time as IPCC authors to assess the thousands of scientific papers published each year to provide a comprehensive summary of what is known about the drivers of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and how adaptation and mitigation can reduce those risks.

Working Groups

The IPCC has three working groups: Working Group I, dealing with the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II, dealing with impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability; and Working Group III, dealing with the mitigation of climate change.


As the new co-chair of Working Group II, Bart has several priorities, including:

  • Focusing on vulnerable communities and actors that have the potential to contribute.
  • Involving experts from developing countries in the IPCC assessment process.
  • Creating a greater overlap between traditional IPCC Working Groups I, II, and III.
  • Strengthening the link between IPCC outputs and decisions in the field by hosting more workshops aimed at regions with high adaptation pressure.

More information, visit the newsitem on the Deltares website.