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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’
The APEC Climate Center (APCC) held the “APCC Climate Information Services Technical Workshop” at APCC on 6 – 7 October 2020 in Busan, Korea. This workshop 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. In this 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 information. Following the 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. This new 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
APCC Held a Virtual Bilateral Cooperation Meeting with CWB.
The APEC Climate Center (APCC) held a Virtual Bilateral Cooperation Meeting with Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on 6 October 2020 to discuss climate information utilization in the Asia-Pacific region.The meeting discussed measures to improve the reliability of APCC’s climate prediction information and ways to promote the use of APCC’s climate information services in the Asia-Pacific region.CWB also generates and provides climate information, which is sent and incorporated into APCC’s Multi-Model Ensemble (MME) climate information. CWB is also a user of APCC’s climate information services, making CWB a direct stakeholder in the production and provision of APCC’s climate prediction information.At this bilateral cooperation meeting, CWB provided suggestions for improvements to APCC’s climate information contents and APCC provided suggestions to improve CWB’s climate model that is included in APCC's MME.The meeting also allowed for discussions around APCC’s role and direction for expanding the use of climate information services in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as bilateral cooperation opportunities between APCC and CWB.This virtual cooperation meeting allowed APCC and CWB to share, understand, and provide feedback on each organization’s planned improvements to their climate information in the future.Through implementing some of the recommendations from this meeting, APCC's climate information service will enhance consumer confidence and satisfaction and increase the use of climate information in the Asia-Pacific Region. This will contribute to the utilization of climate information to prepare for extreme climate in the Asia-Pacific region and reduce human and property losses due to natural disasters.
Date : 2020.10.13
The APEC Climate Center Held the APCC Working Group Meeting 2020
The APEC Climate Center (APCC) held the first virtual APCC Working Group Meeting 2020 with 10 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Member Economies.At this meeting, representatives from the National Hydro-Meteorological Services (NHMSs) from 10 APEC member economies shared their current status of climate prediction and services and the status of extreme events in recent years, including communication strategies. Based on this, the meeting participants of APEC member economies and APCCd had the chance to present opinions on use and improvement of climate prediction and its information provision service and to discuss the right direction of climate service.By so doing, the meeting participants tried to find ways to effectively monitor and respond to extreme events across the Asia-Pacific region and to produce and use the necessary climate prediction information in order to cope with them.The meeting was attended by climate forecasting and service working groups from the National Hydro-Meteorological Services (NHMSs) from 10 APEC member economies including Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, and the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA). The meeting was chaired by Mr. LimZe Hui, Director of the Technical Training Division at the Malaysian Meteorological Department. 7 participants, including Dr. Won-Tae Kwon, the Executive Director, attended this meeting from APCC.The APEC Climate Center collected opinions from the working group members on the use of APCC's climate prediction and provision services to improve it in the future. Strengthening cooperation with APEC member economies to enhance climate prediction capabilities, will also elevate climate information users’ satisfaction related to APCC’s extreme climate event monitoring information across the Asia-Pacific region.The APCC Working Group is made up of representatives from the National Hydro-Meteorological Services (NHMSs) from all APEC Member Economies and relevant participating institutions. The Working Group members facilitate the exchange of regional climate information, particularly climate prediction information among the APEC member economies. The group works closely with the APCC Climate Research Department in the improvement of the multi-model ensemble (MME) forecasting system and for the development of new forecast application areas.
Date : 2020.10.12