CECAR Asia Meeting and Field Research

Background and Summary

Sustainable Land Management in Cold Desert Environments of Asia

Cold deserts span over large areas of the continent of Asia. They include the Gobi desert, Takla Makan, and the Iranian, Turkestani and Trans-Himalayan deserts, which have long been a subject of interest and exploration. Traditional studies have most often focused on individual geo-morphological, climatic, bio-physical or anthropological aspects of cold desert environments. Knowledge of how social and ecological elements interact to establish the fragile balance that maintains life in cold deserts is scarce yet increasingly needed.

Training Programme on Climate Change Downscaling Approaches and Applications

Training on Downscaling

We are very glad to announce the new intensive climate projection downscaling training programme developed under the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR).


5th International Conference on Flood Management

Background and Summary
International Conference on Flood Management is the only recurring international conference wholly focused on flood related issues. It is designed to bring together practitioners and researchers alike, including engineers, planners, health specialists, disaster managers, decision makers, and policy makers engaged in various aspects of floodplain management. It provides a unique opportunity for these various specialists to come together to exchange ideas and experiences.

Development Strategies to Adapt for the Natural Disasters due to Climatic Change in Asia Conference

The conference on Development Strategies to adapt for the Natural Disasters due to Climatic Change in Asia will hold in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 21 September 2011. This workshop will be organized by the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the University of Peradeniya with support of the Mitsui Foundation.

Main Objectives:

Building Resilience to Climate Change Courses

Photo: Rice Terraces Conserving Water During Dry Season by Dr. Liang UNU-ISP

Letter from CECAR Secretariat

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from UNU!

Climate Projections Downscaling

Climate Projections Downscaling Project Started!

UNU-ISP signed MOU with IGES on July 13th, 2011, to develop a training module for Climate Projections Downscaling. The training programme will be developed in support of the activities of Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum and is supported by the Ministry of Environment of Japanese Government. The training consist of dynamic downscaling with WRFC and MRI models, as well as approaches to statistical downscaling with models developed at partner institutions.