Infographics based on the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report part 1 illustrate the physical science basis of climate change


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the report of the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report in August 2013. It focuses on the physical science basis of climate change. The Finnish Meteorological Institute and the Ministry of the Environment have produced infographics on the key messages of the report. The infographics, or information graphics, can be freely used by the public and the media

Note: When using the infographics, please cite the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, and as references.

The complete set of the infographics can be downloaded as a PDF file, and the individual images are also available in PNG format. To enlarge a single image in your browser: right-click the image and select “Open image in New Tab”.

The complete set of the infographics in one PDF-file

Individual infographics as PNG format

Figure 1. Global average temperature has increased by 1.1 degrees from the pre-industrial levels. Almost all of this has been caused by human influence. In all scenarios, 1.5 degrees of warming will be reached around the early 2030s.

Figure 2. Climate change is visible on land, in oceans and in the atmosphere. Changes that have already occurred will continue, and some of them will be irreversible for centuries to millennia.

Figure 3. The rate and scale of the changes in the climate system are unprecedented.

Figure 4. In addition to emission reductions, limiting human-induced climate change requires that carbon dioxide is also removed from the atmosphere.

Figure 5. Risks and impacts of global warming will multiply as climate keeps warming. Extreme weather events that cause serious damage will become the more frequent the higher the global average temperature increases.

References: [1]

  • IPCC. 2021. Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Masson-Delmotte, V., Zhai, P., Pirani, A., Connors, S. L., Péan, C., Berger, S., Caud, N., Chen, Y., Goldfarb, L., Gomis, M. I., Huang, M., Leitzell, K., Lonnoy, E., Matthews, J. B. R., Maycock, T. K., Waterfield, T., Yelekçi, O., Yu, R., & Zhou,B. (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press. In Press.