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APN Hosts Authors’ Workshop for Upcoming Climate Publication

In the Asia-Pacific region, sustainable development must take into account the significant effects of climate variability and climate change as well as various socio-economic factors. With this in mind, the APN plans to release a publication detailing and discussing past and present climate research around Asia and the Pacific in relation to principal socio-economic factors in the region.

On 17th-20th October 2011, the APN hosted an authors’ workshop at the Hotel Monterey in Kobe, Japan for its upcoming publication, “Climate in Asia and the Pacific: Society, Security, and Sustainability”. This book will be a supplement to the APN report entitled “Climate in Asia and the Pacific: A Synthesis of APN Activities” recently launched in September 2011.

The new publication will focus on the following five aspects of climate in Asia and the Pacific:

  • Climate variability and change,
  • Climate and urbanization,
  • Climate and security,
  • Climate and society, and
  • Climate and Sustainability.

The publication has over 30 contributing authors, 16 of which attended the Workshop in Kobe. The attendees included: Dr. Michael Manton, Workshop Chair, Monash University; Dr. Linda Stevenson, Co-Editor, Executive Science Officer, APN Secretariat, Dr. James Salinger, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Tasmania; Dr. Lance Heath, Climate Change Institute, Australia National University; Dr. Ailikun, Director of the International Programme Office, Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Studies (MAIRS); Professor Kanayathu Koshy, Centre for Global Sustainability Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia; Dr. Rodel Lasco, Country Coordinator, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); and Prof. Wenjie Dong, Executive Associate Dean, State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface  Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University; amongst others.

The writing workshop focused mainly on compiling writings by contributing authors with the goal of combining them in a cohesive manner and refining each second order draft. The workshop was a huge success due to the hard work of each contributing author, the Lead Authors, and Coordinating Lead Authors present at the workshop.

Climate in Asia and the Pacific: Society, Security, and Sustainability” will be published by Springer under the “Advances in Global Change Research” series in late 2012.