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.