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Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

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Project • ARCP2012-16NMY-Yabe, ARCP2013-11CMY-Yabe

GEOSS/Asian Water Cycle Initiative/Water Cycle Integrator (GEOSS/AWCI/WCI)

Building resilience to the climate change and variability is essential for achieving the final goal, the sustainable development of Earth’s societies and ecosystems. To accelerate the coordinated and integrated efforts towards this goal, the “GEOSS Water Cycle Integrator (WCI)” was proposed that recognized fundamental linkages among water, land use, carbon cycle and ecosystem services, and food-, energy- and health- securities and aimed at developing effective means for sharing coordinated, comprehensive and sustained water cycle and related Earth observations and information for sound decision making in cooperation with various partners including observation integration, science and model integration, data integration & analysis, cross-Socio Benefit Areas and Community of Practices, management system integration, and sustained education framework. With its effective regional collaborative framework of 18 Asian countries and achievements in development of some of the above functions in the water cycle arena, GEOSS Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI) has become an essential component in WCI development in the Asian region. Through the activities of this project, the WCI functions have been developed and introduced in several Asian basins and the approach has been promoted for further implementation into operational use.

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