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Message from Director

Bridging Climate Prediction
and Climate Adaptation

Dr. Chin-Seung Chung joined APCC as Director on April 21, 2010. Before joining APCC,
Dr. Chung was Dean and Professor at
the Korea Development Institute of Public Policy Management. He also served as
Deputy and Vice Minister at the Korean Ministry of Environment.

Contact Information
Tel : +82-51-745-3912
Fax : +82-51-745-3949
Email : cschung@apcc21.org

The context of climate science has drastically changed these past few years. The publication of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 has changed public perception on the extent of global environmental changes. Climate change and environmental issues are now high up in the public agendas of economies, rich and poor. As climate becomes more variable and its economic and social impacts increase, the climate science community is charged with the responsibility of improving prediction techniques and making climate information of greater practical use to adaptation community that includes food security, health, energy, marine resource management, disaster management, water supply and other sectors that are vulnerable to climate change.

APCC clearly sees its role in responding to these challenges. The Center has been working to provide the Asia-Pacific region with state-of-the-art climate prediction services since 2005 through its different products and services. APCC successfully publishes a three-month seasonal forecast on a monthly basis and is experimenting with increasing lead times up to six to twelve months. APCC also issues drought and extreme climate events bulletins. In an effort to improve accessibility to otherwise high-cost climate information, the Center has developed the web tool Climate Information Toolkit (CLIK) that helps build the capacity of member economies in customizing climate information for their region and needs. APCC will continue to improve the quality and accuracy of climate information, recognizing that the utility of the information is only as good as its quality.

Over the next few years, The Center would strive to extend its cooperation with actors and stakeholders in the adaptation community through the TRACE virtual center (Tracking Climate and Environmental Changes) and a communications strategy to extend and assess the needs of its user community. APCC leverages on the APEC framework to promote meaningful cooperation among climate forecasters, scientists, academics, and other stakeholders. We shall engage with our networks in public policy circles in the region to better assess and serve their climate information needs.

APCC staff will be putting out our utmost effort in accomplishing these goals to help build a more resilient and prosperous APEC region.