The mission of the IAH Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change (IAH-CGCC) is to improve the understanding of:
- the relationship between groundwater and climate change;
- the role of groundwater in adaptation to climate variability and change.
- promoting related research and development to advance scientific and technical knowledge;
- fostering inter-disciplinary, international collaborations with research institutions, water resource managers, and water policy makers;
- fostering connections with related research and development activities in climate, hydrological, agricultural and health sciences;
- engaging with key international organisations, agencies and programmes (e.g. UNESCO-IHP, WMO, FAO, UNICEF, WHO, IAEA-WRP, GEWEX, GWSP);
- working with the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) to promote the development of a programme and facility for the collection, evaluation,archiving and sharing of groundwater data including both ground-based observations and satellite measurements;
- identifying and evaluating a series of representative case studies illustrating the relationship between groundwater and climate change and the role of groundwater in adaptation to climate variability and change;
- disseminating research and development outcomes to the global research community including specifically the IPCC, and global development community including governmental and non-governmental organisations and those specifically concerned with enabling adaptation to climate change;
- creating awareness of the IAH-CGCC among IAH members, related professions and wider water resources and water supply communities.