Created: Monday, 15 June 2015 09:44
In the third of a series of five APN sponsored workshops of the Southeast Asia Regional Climate Downscaling SEACLID/CORDEX-SEA Project over 30 participants from across the South East Asia region together with representative from APN, the International Project Office for CORDEX, Hong Kong, Germany and Australasia gathered at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines on the 1st-2nd June 2015.
Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, President of Ateneo de Manila University, Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, Executive Director of the Manila Observatory welcomed the participants to the workshop. Dr Linda Stevenson of APN provided a keynote presentation highlighting the 20th anniversary of the APN, APN’s capacity development agenda, science-policy linkages and the needs of the region, particularly as outlined under the APN’s Climate Adaptation Framework in connection with modelling. CORDEX-SEA Coordinator, Professor Fredolin Tangang then provided an overview of the progress and challenges facing the group before Dr Eleanor O’Rourke, Director of the International Project Office for CORDEX, outlined recent developments in CORDEX strategy, priorities and global activities.
Progress reports from the participating CORDEX-SEA partners; 7 countries in the region plus collaborating partners in Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden, South Korea and the UK, together with new partner Germany; outlined ongoing and completed work and highlighted specific issues being faced.
Considerable time was also devoted to discussion surrounding future activities and how to address the challenges faced within the region. Topics included: implementing a CORDEX-SEA ESGF node; training requirements; bias correction; addressing the lack of human resources and infrastructure in Cambodia and Lao PDR; engaging end users and policy makers; Flagship Pilot Studies; participation in ICRC-CORDEX 2016; and importantly looking forward to the next phase of CORDEX SEA and potential funding options.
Two side meetings, a dinner with regional Civil Society Organisations and a meeting with the Asian Development Bank, focused on building partnerships and developing collaborations with the end user communities in South East Asia.
This workshop followed on from a very successful RegCM Training Workshop 25th-29th May also kindly hosted by Ateneo de Manila University and the Manila Observatory Team and sponsored by ICTP and WCRP. At both the proportion of young scientists was very high and a real working example of the regional climate capacity building at the core of the CORDEX initiative.
The Manila Observatory/Ateneo de Manila University team must be highly commended for not just their immaculate preparation and organisation of both these events but their dedication and kindness to all participants.
For more information see the CORDEX-SEA webpages or contact CORDEX-SEA Coordinator Fredolin Tangang