Session reports uploaded

All session summary reports are now uploaded under Program and each session. A scientific report will also be available soon.

Deliang Chen interviewed on the Third Pole Region FPS

Deliang Chen was interviewed on the Third Pole Region FPS by Swedish Radio at the ICRC-CORDEX2019 in Beijing.
Listen to the interview (in Swedish) here

And you can find a longer version (also in Swedish, 31 minutes into the programme) here

The report from the ECS Event is available

User interaction and the suitability of CORDEX data and information products to accommodate user needs were the main focus of the early career scientist event, during the CORDEX International Conference for Regional Climate 2019 (ICRC-CORDEX 2019). Challenges and opportunities were discussed through an expert presentation, short reflections by early career researchers, as well as an interactive dialogue with the audience. To know more, download the report.





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Future Risk, Future Earth was held on Thursday 17 October

A side event of ICRC-CORDEX 2019 themed on Future Risk, Future Earth was held on Thursday 17 October. 

Extreme climate and weather events, associated disasters, and emergent risks are becoming increasingly critical in the context of global environmental change. They are a potential major threat to reaching United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and one of the most pressing challenges for future human well-being.  The global risks are increasingly complex, uncertain, systemic, and dynamic. To tackle them effectively we will need strong, transdisciplinary understanding and action globally.

Future Earth community — Integrated Risk Governance Project (IRG), Monsoon Asia Integrated Research for Sustainability (MAIRS), Chinese National Committee for Future Earth(FE-CNC) in collaboration with World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) jointly organized a side event of ICERC-CORDEX 2019 themed Future Risk, Future Earth.

The main objectives of this side event was to 1) present the latest achievements and research progress on climate change related risk, disaster, and the human-natural components interactions at regional-to-global levels, 2) address the climate related risk and disaster challenges in regional sustainability, and 3) provide an opportunity for face-to-face dialogue between social and physical communities of regional sustainability research.

Representatives from IRG Project, MAIRS, FE-CNC and IRDR presented their past work and discussed the future cooperative workplans with participants. Dr. Qian Ye, Director of IRG International Project Office chaired the session and gave a speech on Understanding Risks: From Future Earth to Future World. He highlighted that understanding the mechanism of systemic risk is the core scientific issue as the world is now living in a new and uncertain era with rapid growth of population, economic change, urbanization and technology development. To better tackle global systemic risks, a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary community of scientists, policy makers and other stakeholders need to conduct and apply research dealing with a high degree of complex and inter-connected disaster chains.

Dr. Wei Wan, the Executive Director of MAIRS International Project Office shared that monsoon Asia region is affected by a range of natural disasters, most of which are exacerbated by climate change. Billions of people in the region were affected by disasters such as floods and drought. Dr. Wan stressed that the challenges facing humanity today are too big for any one research group to solve on its own, thus collaboration and exchange sit at the heart of global research programs.

Dr. Qin, Presented the Chinese National Committee for Future Earth

Dr. Zhangcai Qin from Sun Yat-sen University gave an introduction on the Chinese National Committee for Future Earth, which was established to guide and organize Chinese research communities and stakeholders to enable their contribution to the Future Earth. FE-CNC provides scientific support and policy consultation according to national and local government needs through research work conducted by committee members and experts.

Ms. Fang Lian, the Science Officer of IRDR comprehensively introduced the progress and outputs of IRDR and the future research agenda of disaster risk reduction. IRDR announced the co-organizing of a high-level science conference in 2020 with The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and its branches, International Science Council and its Interdisciplinary Body to discuss the new research agenda, new partnerships and new capacity for the scientific community and its mission.


Group Photo of Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Koji Dairaku from the University of Tsukuba and Dr. Claas Teichmann from the Climate Service Center Germany representing CORDEX Asia and EURO_CORDEX communities, Dr. Fredolin Tangang from the National University of Malaysia representing both CORDEX South East Asia and MAIRS-FE SSC as well as Dr. Juan Pedro Montávez from University of Murcia joined the speakers for the panel discussion. How to transfer the research results to policy was agrred to be the primary challenge to be tackled for the community. Consensus was reached during the discussion that the academic community should engage more effectively with policy-makers, decision-makers in the public and private sectors through the co-design, co-production and co-deliver principles.

This side event provided an open platform for scientific communities from across science disciplines on extreme events, disaster risk reduction and governance to exchange information, knowledge and explore potential opportunities in collaborative research activities.

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See Professor Erik Kjellstrom interview IPCC co-chair Panmao Zhai

Climate professor Erik Kjellstrom interviews IPCC-co-chair Panmao Zhai on the importance of CORDEX for IPCC. Click here to see the video.

Some highlights from the first conference day

Some of the highlights of the first conference day at the CNCC:

  • IPCC co-chair Panmao Zhai talked about IPCC and CORDEX
  • Pavel Kabat laid out a clear statement of the challenges facing the world with climate change in the coming decades, motivating challenges for the climate research community in general and for WCRP in particular as it develops its Implementation Plan.
  • Filippo Giorgi and Congbin Fu gave us clear histories of the development of regional climate modeling over the past 30 years.
  • The presented WCRP Core Projects offer substantial opportunities for cross-program interactions with CORDEX that should guide the development of the WCRP Implementation Plan.

In addition to the several hundred present at the CNCC  approximately 400 participated via the webcast. See more about the webcasting here.

IPCC co-chair Panmao Zhai answers three quick questions on CORDEX/IPCC


  1. Why is CORDEX and the work carried out within the CORDEX framework important from an IPCC perspective?

CORDEX aims to develop and provide detailed, regional climate information necessary for vulnerability, impact and adaptation studies at local and regional levels. The aims of CORDEX fit perfectly for IPCC AR6, under the demands of governments for increased policy-relevant regional downscaled information, to fill the noted knowledge gaps in climate change hazards, risks and adaptation at the national, regional or even local levels.


  1. Could you give some examples?

To address and enhance the treatment of regional climate change issues, the structure of IPCC WGI AR6 has been designed to allow a detailed and comprehensive assessment of regional and sectoral-relevant climate information. Among 12 scoped chapters, we have three dedicated chapters linking global to regional climate change, weather and climate extremes and climate information for regional impact and risk assessment,. We also have an Altlas providing regional climate change information visually.

CORDEX supports IPCC assessment on coordinated regional climate change and extreme information. A comprehensive assessment of multiple sources of regional climate information, including downscaling methodologies is in great need in WGI AR6 report. Thus, outcomes from CORDEX, will be huge support to improve regional scale information not only on historical simulations but also on future climate change.


  1. What do you hope from the conference – what will it contribute to?

This main focus of the International Conference on Regional Climate (ICRC)- CORDEX 2019 including benefits of downscaling; further development of earth system models; the human factor, impacts and applications and knowledge exchange. Many of these can directly contribute to IPCC AR6, especially on downscaling impact and application, and updated knowledge exchange for various regions. Some others such as further development of earth system models can contribute to future IPCC activities. I hope the outcome of this conference can be published as soon as possible to support AR6 reports for WGI and WGII.


Streaming of the conference sessions – find more info here

Click here for information on webcasting for all streamed sessions
And click here for instructions on the web streaming system Douyu

CORDEX Science Advisory Team meets on Monday 14 October

Today the CORDEX Science Advisory Team met to begin the conference and to discuss the future of CORDEX.

Some of the SAT-members in front of the registration desk.

Registration/venue info

Today, Monday, the registration opened.
Welcome to China National Convention Center to register:

  • Registration: Gate C4
  • Auditorium: 3rd and 4th Floor – F3 and F4
  • Poster area  and paralell sessions : 4th floor – F4

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