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APCC to Participate in the 2021 Asia Pacific Science & Technology Cooperation Virtual Forum
Ms. Sangwon Moon, head of External Affairs Department and Ms. Inja Jeon, Researcher of the same department from the APEC Climate Center (APCC), attended the 2021 Asia Pacific Science & Technology Cooperation Virtual Forum on Feb. 18, 2021.The forum was held to share the achievements of the science and technology cooperation projects on *APEC, *ASEAN, *UNESCAP, and *AMGS in the Asia-Pacific region amongst experts and to discuss the project directions for the Year 2021.* APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), AMGS (APEC Mentoring Center for Gifted in Science)Ms. Sangwon Moon, head of External Affairs Department, shared the progress, accomplishments and future work plan of the APEC Climate Symposium project, conducted by APCC, with the forum participants.Participants noted that there is a gap between producer and user of the climate information and appropriate delivery methods of the information are critical. In this context, the role of APCC is essential in minimizing the existing gap and identifying the most effective communication strategies for the climate information services.
Date : 2021.02.18
Dr. Jong Ann Chun, APCC, Recognized for Best Paper Presentation at the ICITSE 2020.
Dr. Jong Ahn Chun from APCC was recognized for the best paper presentation at the 1st International Conference on Innovative Technologies for a Sustainable Environment (ICITSE 2020) that was held virtually on Dec. 28th, 2020.Dr. Chun presented the research results of his paper, entitled “Evaluation of near-real time weekly root-zone Soil Moisture Index (SMI) for the extreme climate monitoring web-service across East Asia”.During his paper presentation at the ICITSE2020, he introduced the extreme event monitoring system for East Asia operated by the APEC Climate Center. He particularly focused on how the system was developed using the Soil Moisture Index.This study has the potential to be useful in reducing the socioeconomic damages resulting from climate extremes by comprehensively characterizing extreme drought events.ICITSE 2020 was held to provide a platform for participants from various industries, government agencies, non-government agencies, and the academe to share their knowledge on environmental technologies that are efficient, sustainable, and economical. The Society of Environmental Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (SEEP) was the organizer and host of the ICITSE 2020.
Date : 2021.02.15
APCC officially commits to serving as the WMO Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Prediction Project “International Coordination Office”
Starting in January 2021, the APEC Climate Center committed to serving as the International Coordination Office (ICO) to coordinate the international joint research effort, “WWRP/WCRP Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Prediction Project (S2S) Phase II under the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).The S2S project was launched in November 2013, and the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) and the National Institute of Meteorological Sciences (NIMS) were in charge of operating the ICO until 2020.WMO is promoting and implementing this joint international meteorological and climate research project with leading scientists around the world in order to improve forecast skill and understanding on the S2S timescale. S2S predictions have great socio-economic ramifications but much remains to be done to improve the skill of the forecasts as well as creating forecast products.APCC, as the ICO, will support and coordinate the overall implementation of the international joint research activities related to the S2S Prediction Project, and support cooperation with other international programs.The Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Prediction refers to climate prediction information spanning the two-week to two-month period, which is serves to close the gap between the currently existing short-term and long-term prediction information.As the ICO, APCC is expected to establish its position as a leading research institute in the field of climate prediction. In addition, there may be opportunities to host international conferences and expert workshops in Busan, contributing to the vitalization of the local economy in Busan Metropolitan City.
Date : 2021.01.21
APCC to Participate in a GCF-Approved Programme, Initiated by UNEP
The APEC Climate Center will participate in the US$ 49.9 million programme on “Enhancing Climate Information and Knowledge Services for resilience in 5 island countries of the Pacific Ocean” as a technical partner.At the Green Climate Fund (GCF) 27th Meeting of the Board on 10 November 2020, the Funding Proposal (FP) No. 147, “Enhancing Climate Information and Knowledge Services for resilience in 5 island countries of the Pacific Ocean”, with a budget of US$49.9 million (GCF grant: US$47.4 million) was officially approved.The transformative new programme initiated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) aims to establish climate and ocean information services and multi-hazard early warning systems in Pacific Small Island Developing States, which are among the most vulnerable in the world when it comes to climate change, natural disasters, and increasingly frequent or intense extreme climate events such as tropical cyclones, flooding, and drought.According to UNEP, at least 80% of the Pacific Island’s population will directly benefit from the programme through the promotion of diversified, climate-resilient livelihood practices informed by improved observation data and risk knowledge. The programme aims to achieve a 15-30% reduction in economic damage and losses incurred due to climate-related hazards, and to enhance the productivity of climate risk-informed sectors.APCC will serve as one of eight technical partners in this programme. APCC’s activities will focus on improving the already established Pacific Island Countries Advanced Seasonal Outlook (PICASO) system for the five countries, including adding some sector application features, as well as conducting capacity building activities for the five countries, such as the popular Young Scientists Support Program.
Date : 2020.12.03
APCC Co-hosted the Busan-Ulsan-Gyeongnam Climate Change Forum 2020 with BROM, Busan Metropolitan City, and BDI.
The APEC Climate Center (APCC), Busan Regional Office of Meteorology (BROM), Busan Metropolitan City, and Busan Development Institute (BDI) co-hosted the Busan-Ulsan-Gyeongnam (BUG) Climate Change Forum 2020 on November 11, 2020 at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (BEXCO) in Haeundae, Busan.This forum was attended by participants from the local government, public institutes, academia, and businesses in the BUG region who are using climate information and interested in climate change. The event’s theme was, ‘BUG, Global Extreme Climate, and Busan Metropolitan City’s Response Plan’.Director Yeong-Hwa Byun from the Innovative Meteorological Research Department at the National Institute of Meteorological Science, gave a key-note presentation entitled “Status and Prospects of Global Climate Change”.There were also topic presentations such as “Climate Change Status in the BUG Region”, “Status and Cause of Global Extreme Climate”, and “The Road Map of Climate Change Response and Greenhouse Gas Reduction”. Lastly, the panel discussion was held under the subject “The Current State of Climate Change and our Future Direction”.Through this forum, participating organizations related to climate prediction and climate change in the BUG region realized the need to promote effective GHG reduction policies along with improving the capabilities of climate prediction and information utilization to reduce human and material damage caused by climate change in the future.
Date : 2020.11.20
APCC Held the ‘APCC Climate Information Services Technical Workshop’
Climate Center (APCC) held the “APCC Climate Information
Services Technical Workshop” at APCC on 6 – 7 October
2020 in Busan, Korea.
aimed to promote the use of APCC’s climate prediction and
information services in Korea and to effectively increase the utilization
capacity of climate information. 18 university (graduate) students and
researchers in the field of climate information production and utilization of
related domestic institutions and universities participated in the workshop.
workshop, APCC researchers introduced the theories behind APCC’s climate
prediction and conducted practical training sessions on how to use APCC climate
information services. During the training workshop, participants were able to
directly communicate with the APCC researchers to answer their questions on
APCC climate information services.
On the first
day of the workshop, there was a presentation entitled ‘Introduction to APCC’s Climate
Prediction and Information Services’. After that, the participants
had a chance to learn how to use the ‘Climate Information Service
Platform’ (http://cliks.apcc21.org), which allows climate information users to
select and utilize a wider variety of climate data. Participants also learned
about the ‘Climate Information Processing system’ (CLIPs,
http://clips.apcc21.org), which enables users to extract and reprocess
necessary data for each region, variable, and period set by the user.
On the second
day, there was a session on the ‘Open Web Processing Service’ (OpenWPS,
http://openwps.apcc21.org), a climate data interface
service offering both a visualization service based on climate data and area
boundary information for detailed data extraction based on geographic
introduction to climate prediction information offered on the APCC homepage (www.apcc21.org), participants had a chance to learn how to use the ‘CLimate
Information toolKit’ (CLIK, http://clik.apcc21.org), which enables its users to produce
customized climate prediction information.
technical workshop combines sessions from previously held APCC training workshops.
APCC plans to hold the APCC Climate Information Services Technical Workshop
annually for users of APCC's climate information service in Korea and abroad.
Date : 2020.10.13