United Nations University - Institute of Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) cordially invites applicants for a 10-day training programme from 9th - 20th November on Climate Change Downscaling Approaches and Applications (CCDAA) in Water and Food Sectors in Asia. The training module consists of the following course categories: science of climate change and downscaling, dynamical and statistical downscaling methods, and impacts on rice production and impacts on floods in Asia. Participants will also receive practical training in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in downscaling and modelling extreme climatic events. The training programme will be conducted in Thailand.
Postgraduates, researchers or faculty staffs from universities working on climate change
Professionals from government or national agencies involved in planning responses to climate change
National climate change focal points
The training programme development began on 11th February 2011, and was developed under the UN-CECAR framework with the support of the Ministry of Environment of Japan and The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). The programme has contributions from NCAR (University of Nebraska), USA, Meterological Research Institue of Japan, the University of Tokyo, Japan, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Kharagpur, University of Philippines, Philippines, Nippon Koei Co. Ltd., Japan, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, Institute of Hydrology and Meterology, Viet Nam, and Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), USA. The training programme concept and development proceedings can be reviewed here.
The first course of the training programme focuses on climate change, atmospheric science and downscaling techniques on statistical and dynamical approaches. Participants will receive training on downscaling weather forecasts to the local scale in Asia during this training programme.
For the second course, participants will receive an overview of Course 1 and receive training on Geographic Information System (GIS). Then, participants can choose from the two parallel programmes on (a) Assessing flood impacts and (b) Estimating rice production utilizing future climate projections. The final day provides training on communicating results and report preparation, with time allocated for participants to complete their final report. Participants who successfully complete the training programme will be awarded a certificate of completion from UNU-ISP.
Students will benefit from working closely with an expert teaching faculty comprising distinguished UN-CECAR scholars and practitioners, and UNU-ISP academic staff. A dedicated computer lab will be provided for participants, with software to cater to the needs of the programme, including GIS, environmental modelling applications, and statistical analysis tools. An online tool will be provided for students to access lecture notes, reading lists and other materials specific to each course, as well as a message board and forum to facilitate discussion among faculty and students.