CORDEX-MAIRS-FE “Climate Change Downscaling Simulations and Regional Research Applications in Asia” workshop

In December 2021, CORDEX, MAIRS-FE and Future Earth joined forces to organize a workshop on “Climate Change Downscaling Simulations and Regional Research Applications in Asia”.

The workshop focused on outlining ideas for applications to develop the framework for cooperation and networking. This includes setting up overarching topics for collaboration, capacity developing activities and exploring opportunities for a pilot study to demonstrate the benefits and use of such a framework and network.

The COordinated Regional climate Downscaling EXperiment (CORDEX) – a key scientific pillar in the new core project Regional Information for Society, RIfS, under the World Climate Research Programme, WCRP) and Monsoon Asia Integrated Research for Sustainability-Future Earth (MAIRS-FE) serve as platforms and facilitators for coordination and cooperation to foster understanding, knowledge transfer, involvment of stakeholders and capacity development through research, training, conferences and cooperation initiatives.

Exchange of scientific research progress

Nearly fifty scientists, scholars and other representatives from almost twenty universities and international research institutes around the world exchanged scientific research progress and outcomes and explored cooperation directions on climate, air, and health issues.

Recent research findings and global updates in the field of integrated air-climate-health research and many other relevant fields were shared. The figure below shows the global percentage of casualties for various health conditions attributed to air pollution in 2019.

Also, representatives of international research institutions introduced their research plans and cooperation intentions to explore opportunities for cooperation in the future, including Prof. Zhangcai Qin from the FE Global Secretariat (China), Dr. Giles Sioen and Dr. Ria Lambino from the FE Global Secretariat (Japan), Dr. Iréne Lake and Dr. Ralf Doescher from the CORDEX International Project Office, Prof. Ailikun from Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO), Dr. Charlie Navanugraha from the Center of Excellence for Soil Research in Asia (CESRA), and Dr. Linda Stevenson from the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).

The intention was to include and to get to know more institutions and international research projects, to discover common research areas, and to explore cooperation directions.

Constructing a cooperative research network

Delegates and experts discussed future possibilities within their research fields and research plans, and reached a consensus on the joint construction of a cooperative research network. This international workshop is one of our activities to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and international academic exchanges as well as the active exploration of long-term cooperative relations between multiple institutions and multiple global research projects.