This workshop will be avenue for researchers involved in the projects to highlight key findings of future projection of mean climate and extremes over Southeast Asia region based on multi-model and high-resolution (25 km x 25 km) regional climate simulations. In addition to researchers directly involved in the projects, we encourage participants interested in regional climate change in the Southeast Asia region including academia, government officers, NGO, students, etc to attend this workshop. Deadline for Registartion is March 15, 2018. Please click the workshop menu for more information.

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High-resolution climate change scenarios are the basic requirment for climate change impact, vulnerability and risk assessment studies at local and regional scales. Generation of such information requires downscaling of coarser general circulation model (GCM) outputs using regional climate model (RCM). Due to requirment of multiple GCMs, multiple RCMs and multiple emission scenarios for quantification of uncertainties in future climate projection, regional downscaling is a time-consuming and resource-expensive exercise. Given the overlapping domains, having a collaborative effort is in the best interest of countries within the Southeast Asia (SEA) region. Hence, the Southeast Asia Regional Climate Downscaling (SEACLID) was established as a collaborative projcet in regional climate downscaling involving initially a number collaborators from various countries within the Southeast Asia region. The project was established under the Southeast Asia Regional Climate Initiative (SEARCI), a platform for scientists within the Southeast Asia region to collaborate in climate related projects. SEARCI was informally established during a workshop hosted by the VNU Hanoi University of Science from 2-3 August 2012. SEACLID is mainly funded by Asia-Pacific Network (APN)'s ARCP programme [ARCP2013-17NMY-Tangang] and funding within the groups that involved in the project. The second and third year of this project is funded by [ARCP2014-07CMY-Tangang] and [ARCP2015-04-CMY-Tangang], respectively. Initial member countries include Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR.

Due to its similarity, SEACLID has been streamlined and integrated into the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)'s Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling EXperiment (CORDEX) and renamed as SEACLID/CORDEX Southeast Asia (CORDEX-SEA) with Prof. Fredolin Tangang of the National University of Malaysia as its current Project Leader / Coordinator. The WCRP is a programme sponsored and implemented under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. In addition to the original member countries, a number of collaborators from several countries including Australia, United Kingdom, South Korea and Hong Kong SAR, Sweden, Germany and Japan have joined the project. Currently, this project consists of collaborators from 14 countries and 19 institutions (with their logos displayed above). We encourage researchers/scientists/institutions from within and outside the region to contribute as a collaborator of this project. Possible contributions can be in terms of downscaling additional GCMs or sharing resources.

SEACLID / CORDEX-SEA aims to downscale a number of CMIP5 GCMs for the Southeast Asia region through task-sharing basis among the institutions and countries involved. The products would be the high-resolution climate change scenarios (25 km x 25 km) for the Southeast Asia region. Downscaled model data will be archived and disseminated freely to the users through the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) in which CORDEX and APN data policies will be practiced. SEACLID/CORDEX-SEA will also provide a platform for capacity building and training especially for young scientists from within the region in regional climate modeling. The SEACLID/CORDEX-SEA product is expected to enhance scientific understanding of regional climate change in the region. With the availibility of high-resolution regional climate change scenarios, the number of climate change impact assessment studies is expected to increase. Eventually, this project would lead to the increase in peer-reviewed publications in regional climate change, impacts and policy-related aspects and narrow knowledge gaps in the region. The products of this project will facilitate the nations in the Southeast Asia to formulate their evidence-based adaptation and mitigation strategies towards sustainability and climate resilience pathways and achieving Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

Flyer about this project can be downloaded from this link:

Further query about this project should be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Fredolin Tangang
Project Leader / CORDEX Southeast Asia Point of Contact (POC)
The National University of Malaysia
Email: ftangang@gmail.com; tangang@ukm.edu.my

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gemma Narisma
Alternate CORDEX Southeast Asia Point of Contact (POC)
Ateneo de Manila University and Manila Observatory
Email:gtnarisma@gmail.com

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