UN-CECAR`s academic programme develops a number of training modules ranging from climate change downscaling, impact assessment (flood risks and food security), economic assessment and policy frameworks (REDD+) in 2011 for training and capacity building. This Training Module On Climate Change Downscaling Approaches: Dynamic and Statistical Models will focus on Climate Projection Downscaling methods. The modules are intended to be flexible and dynamic, in recognition of the fact that the science, technology, modeling and methodologies are also rapidly changing. Climate change is global in nature, but the impacts are localized and vary depending on the geography, topography, microclimate, ecosystems, etc. As such the module syllabus and methodology will need to be sufficiently generic to be easily taught in any context and location, and allow educators and participants from various countries and disciplines to engage in and benefit from the training. A key element of the training is that it should be linked and supported by the associate members of UN-CECAR, partner institutions and networks that have similar objectives and are engaged in climate change downscaling and adaptation research, and which can contribute critical resources such as data-sharing, knowledge, practical technical expertise, etc, such as the Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Network (APAN) of the Global Adaptation Network. The modules will contain 6 days training course on “Climate Projections & Downscaling” and “Climate Change Impacts Assessments – Floods and Rice Production”. The modules will be designed for postgraduate students, researchers, faculty, staff, and in some cases, government officials, professionals and practitioners from developing countries.

An Activity of the University Network on Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research to support capacity development in Asia Pacific for adapting to Climate Change.