CORDEX workshop on climate information in Southeast Asia reaches 1 400 participants

Participants from the Southeast Asian region met online for the CORDEX SEA Outreach and Capacity Building Workshop 15-17 November 2021.

The Southeast Asia (SEA) domain is a very diverse region with different needs for climate information to address issues related to climate change. This online event was organized by the CORDEX SEA in collaboration with local organizers in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia and the CORDEX office at SMHI. 

Screen capture from a Zoom meeting

A total of 335 participants attended the workshop via Zoom, a majority from Indonesia and also from Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and from outside the region. Equity and equality, including gender balance, are important to CORDEX. It was satisfying that the gender distribution was approximately equal. The webinar was broadcasted via Youtube adding around 1 000 followers. Overall, this was a successful event that reached many researchers and other important stakeholders.

CORDEX outreach activities

The workshop objectives were to inspire and inform about:

  • CORDEX Southeast Asia activities and progress in advancing the science and applications of regional climate downscaling through regional partnerships
  • work carried out in several countries in Southeast Asia that use CORDEX Southeast Asia generated climate information in addressing issues related to climate change in the region
  • potential applications in the region of CORDEX Southeast Asia downscaled climate projections
  • SARCCIS and the progress on the 5 km simulations of CORDEX SEA

SARCCIS - Southeast Asia Regional Climate Change Information System

The workshop highlighted the Southeast Asia Regional Climate Change Information System (SARCCIS), which serves as a one-stop data center. SARCCIS freely disseminates high resolution, multi-model and multi-scenario simulated data, provides guidance on data usage and reliability, and provides training to users on how to access, analyze and interpret the data.

Another highlight was the presentations of the progress on the 5 km simulations of CORDEX SEA over a number of key regions in Southeast Asia. Furthermore, the workshop provided capacity building/development on data retrieval, application and analysis which is important for the future work within this region.

Connecting sectors within adaptation and mitigation

Ministries and government agencies in the region have ambitions to use high resolution downscaled data as a reference in climate-resilient national development. CORDEX-SEA data can be accessed freely by every stakeholder who needs it and the data can connect sectors, especially climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The plan is to follow up this workshop with papers and activities discussing data improvement for sector needs, and also special training to build the capacity of CORDEX-SEA members.

Please find more information at the workshop website: