Second WCRP CORDEX Science and Training Workshop in South Asia

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and a number of its partners will hold the second South Asia WCRP CORDEX science and training workshop from 27 to 30 August 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

The Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) is a World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) initiative to provide global coordination of regional climate downscaling for improved regional climate change adaptation and impact assessment (http://wcrp-cordex.ipsl.jussieu.fr/).

The four-day training workshop will be supported by WCRP, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APNGCR), Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS), and the Centre for Climate Change Research at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (CCCR-IITM).

The workshop topics are:

  • Evaluation of monsoon climate simulation in Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) and Tibetan Plateau region from multiple climate models (onset and withdrawal, seasonal and intra-seasonal variability, flood, drought, heat wave, etc.).
  • Assessment of downscaling techniques and their products in the HKH and Tibetan Plateau region to understand uncertainties accompanying the regional climate projections and examine the feasibility of climate model results.
  • Bridging the gaps between end users’ needs and climate modeling communities, and meeting the requests of end-users (hydrology, agriculture, water resources, land cover and ecosystem, human health, etc.) on downscaled products with definition of data types, formats and resolutions for vulnerability, impacts, and adaptation analysis.
  • Training of operational departments and local policymakers in South Asia and supporting local/regional policymaking as well as sustainable development by providing user friendly regional downscaling products for South Asia.

The first two days of the training workshop will focus on science and the next two days will focus on training.

The first WCRP CORDEX South Asia training workshop was organized in Pune, India, and was hosted by CCCR-IITM from 17 to 20 October 2012.