WCRP Climate Research Forum: Climate research priorities for the next decade

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
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This Forum has now concluded. The recording is now available online


The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) leads the way in addressing frontier scientific questions about the coupled climate system — questions that are too large and too complex to be tackled by a single nation, agency, or scientific discipline. For almost 40 years WCRP has coordinated international climate research to advance our understanding of the climate system and how it is affected by human activities. The decades ahead will bring challenges that can only be addressed through a worldwide coordinated effort, involving co-design and stakeholder engagement conducted by a prepared scientific workforce, to support mitigation strategies and adaptation planning.

As part of our commitment to meet these challenges, we are embarking on a series of regionally-based Climate Research Forums. These Forums will provide a chance to exchange ideas, discuss new activities and opportunities being developed by WCRP, and explore ways that our community of scientists, partner programs, funders, and end-users of our climate science can engage. In the longer-term, it will contribute to building “a world that uses sound, relevant, and timely climate science to ensure a more resilient present and sustainable future for humankind” (our vision).

This Forum will begin with an overview of WCRP from the Vice Chair of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (the scientific steering body of WCRP) Helen Cleugh, followed by talks highlighting climate science priorities and opportunities for collaboration in the Eastern Asian Region from an agency perspective:

Current methodology for climate prediction in KMA and future research priorities. Dr. Hyunsoo Lee, Director of Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) Climate Prediction Division.

Climate services from TCC and research needs for future. Mr. Yoshinori Oikawa, Senior Scientific Officer, Tokyo Climate Center (TCC), Japan Meteorological Agency.

Towards understanding changes in extreme weather and climate events in the East Asia Monsoon Region. Prof. Panmao Zhai, Chief Scientist, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CMA).

There will then be two talks on climate science activities in the Eastern Asian Region:

Third Pole Environment. Prof. Tandong Yao, Academician, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

How can early career scientists benefit from WCRP? Dr. Minhee Chang, SNU, Korea; Dr. Misako Hatono, Hiroshima University, Japan; Dr. Fei Li, IAP, China; Dr. Qi Shu, FIO, China; Dr. Kanghyun Song, Yonsei University, Korea; Dr. Nobuyuki Utsumi, KUAS, Japan.

There will be several opportunities for facilitated discussion during the Forum.

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Know More about Our Speakers:

Dr. Helen Cleugh


Vice-Chair of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee

Research Interest: Dr Cleugh is an atmospheric scientist with almost 30 years’ experience combining research discovery, delivery, and leadership.  Her research expertise lies in quantifying the interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere, and their effects on weather, climate and hydrology; and water-use and carbon uptake. This research has provided data, information, and knowledge for decision and policy-makers in government; resource managers; urban planners; and the agriculture sector.




Dr. HyunSoo Lee


Affiliation: Climate Prediction Division, Korea Meteorological Administration, Korea.

Research interest: Short and Long-range forecaster for 30 years / East Asian Monsoon, Blocking activity


Yoshinori Oikawa


Affiliation: Tokyo Climate Center, Japan Meteorological Agency, Japan.

Research Interest: remote sensing, global warming.

Prof. Panmao Zhai


Affiliation: Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China.

Career :More than 30-years experience in climate change and variability studies. He has published more than100 papers in Chinese and English. Since 1998 He has actively joined IPCC WG I assessment activities.

Prof. Tandong Yao

Affiliation: Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

Research interests: How Third Pole environment changes under global warming and how the hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere, biosphere and anthrosphere interact to affect the functioning of the Asian water towers. Knowledge transfer to raise public awareness of climate changes, and science communication to policy makers to contribute to policy making on human adaptations to the changing environment.

Dr. Minhee Chang


Affiliation: Seoul National University. Korea.

Research interests: Tropical cyclogenesis, Tropical-extratropical interaction, Tropical convective activities, Various extreme weather events; heavy rainfall, heat waves.

Dr. Misako Hatono

Affiliation: Hiroshima University, Japan.

Research Interests: Sediment dynamics, geomorphology, flood prediction, flood analysis, long-term precipitation analysis, atmosphere-inundation interaction

Dr Fei Li


Affiliation: Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CAS, China.

Research Interest: Understanding of “climate dynamics” in relation to Northern Hemisphere climate variability (especially over Atlantic-Euro sector and East Asia) and its relationship with the Arctic sea-ice, Eurasian snow cover/depth, Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation, Pacific Decadal Oscillation, El Niño-Southern Oscillation.

Dr. Qi Shu


Affiliation: First Institute of Oceanography, MNR, China.

Research Interests: Arctic Ocean climate change, climate simulations, and Arctic climate predictions. Over the past several years, he has systemically evaluated the Arctic sea ice and Arctic Ocean simulations in the climate models, and diagnosed the common biases in the climate models for the Arctic simulations.

Dr. Kanghyun Song


Affiliation: Irreversible Climate Change Research Center, Yonsei University, Korea.

Research interests: Numerical modeling, Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) prediction, stratosphere-troposphere interaction.

Dr. Nobuyuki UTSUMI


Affiliation: Kyoto University of Advanced Science, Japan

Research interests: His research broadly focuses on the contributions of various weather systems to precipitation and hydrological cycle in the present and changing climate. He has also been involved in JAXA and NASA's Precipitation Measuring Mission (PMM) to develop and improve precipitation retrieval algorithms for satellite-based passive microwave observations.