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APCC Training Program 2014: Producing High Resolution Climate Information and its Application Using Downscaling Schemes

APEC Climate Center Training Program 2014

The APEC Climate Center (APCC), located in Busan, South Korea, aims at realizing the APEC vision of regional prosperity by providing climate information services and technical support for better regional planning and reduction of economic losses caused by adverse climate conditions. APCC produces real-time operational climate prediction information based on a well-validated multi-model ensemble system, with contributions from over 17 institutes in the APEC region. APCC contributes to building capacity in prediction and monitoring of weather and climate in the Asia-Pacific region by making available costly climate data and information. Countries without the capacity to produce their own climate predictions are able to access optimized, high-cost global climate predictions produced by APCC. More information about the Center can be found at

APCC is hosting the a training program on Producing High Resolution Climate Information and its Application Using Downscaling Schemes and is now inviting applications until 30 May, 2014. The 1-week training program aims to enhance downscaling skills by building in-depth understanding of dynamical and statistical downscaling.

Participants who successfully complete the training program will receive a certificate of completion. The program will be taught by a highly qualified and diverse team of scientists.

The details of the program are following;

Period : 25 (Monday) – 30 (Saturday) August, 2014

Location : APCC, Busan, Korea

○ Current Status of Dynamical Downscaling and its applications
○ Understanding of Statistical Downscaling (Temporal/Spatial)
○ Hands-on Sessions on the Global/Regional Integrated Model system (GRIMs) and statistical computing using the “R” programming language

Target applicants
○ Young scientists from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in developing countries, preferably in the APEC economics (Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; The Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Republic of Korea; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; USA; and Viet Nam), working in climate science or a climate-related field (completed Ph.D. or Ph.D. candidate)
★ All applications will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee and maximum 30 participants will be accepted.

General Requirements
○ Oral and written communication skills in English
○ Understanding of the basic science of climate systems
○ Ability to make a substantive contribution to their own nation with what he/she has learned from APCC

Compulsory Requirements
* Applicants should have experience with the 4 skills described below;
i) Linux and;
ii) Computing languages (eg. C++, Fortran, etc.) and;
iii) Graphic Tools (eg. GrADS, NCL, etc.) and;
iv) RCM skills

Financial Support
○ Airfare, accommodation and per-diem will be supported by APCC
○ Please note that 22% tax will be deducted from the per-diem for participants from countries that have not signed a National Tax Treaty with Korea.

Required Documents (Submissions will be accepted via email only)
○ Application form (Application Form)
○ One recommendation letter from current institution/organization

Closing date : 30 May (Friday), 2014 by 18:00 (Korean standard time)
○ Selected participants will be given notice by June 30, 2014.

Application Submission to:

Ms. Sangwon Moon
APEC Climate Center, External Affairs Department
1463, U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, 612-020, Republic of Korea
Web site:
Tel: +82 51 745 3922 / Fax: +82 51 745 3949

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