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CAS-START Training on Regional Climate Change

Call for Applications:

CAS-START Training on Regional Climate Change 

October 724, 2012. Beijing, China


Rapid climate change is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world today, and has become a major policy issue at national, regional, and global scales. Meeting this challenge requires understanding of the physical science basis of climate change, consideration of its impacts on all spheres of human activity, and development of policy strategies and actions.


In the past two decades, most Asian countries have experienced major growth in industrial and agricultural production, along with fundamental changes in lifestyle and consumption patterns. While Asian countries produce more and higher quality products for world markets, more people than any other continent have walked out of shadow of poverty. However, environmental change and deterioration are also highly evident as Asia regional economy continued to grow at a high rate. Under combined pressure of climatic change and intense human use of natural resources, the natural environment in Asia has steadily degraded. Meanwhile, share of Asian developing countries to global GHG emissions is rising rapidly. Impacts of climate change are especially visible in Asia on various sectors including agriculture, forestry, biodiversity conservation, water resources, human health, air quality, energy security, etc. Impacts of climate change in Asia are already serious, and will very likely further worsen in future. Environmental sustainability is under serious threat. This compromises the future development and the livelihood of Asia’s 3.8 billion residents.




Objectives of the Training: 

The 2012 CASSTART training on regional climate change will provide climate change researchers and practitioners from Asia countries with advanced knowledge and skills in this fastmoving field, and to enhance the environmental capacity building for the regional sustainable development. The training course is sponsored by CAS ( and START (, and organized by START Regional Center for East Asia (TEA). It will address various scientific aspects of regional climate change, including multiplatform observation, trends and impacts analysis, and climate modeling. The curriculum will comprise lectures, seminars, along with site visits and excursions in CAS research facilities and field stations.


Potential participants are expected to systematically learn scientific principles and methods on regional climate change and sustainability. After the completion of this course they should be able to gain capacity for actively contributing to the process of adaptation and mitigation to climate change in their respective countries and regions.


Target Groups and Requirements: 


This course is especially designed to meet the professional demand of Asian young scholars working in climate change sciences with special focus on regional climate change observation, analysis, and modeling. A corresponding professional background in atmospheric sciences or earth sciences at M.S. or higher level is a prerequisite. The training courses will be taught in English. Therefore, a good command of the English language is a prerequisite for attending the training. The preferable age of participants is between 25 and

40 years.



Limited funding is available for officially selected international trainees to cover their roundtrip economic airfares, registration, lodging, and per diem. Participants successfully completing this course are awarded

a professional certificate jointly issued by CAS and START.


How to Apply: 

To apply, please send completed application form, resume, and a reference letter from the Head of your organization or supervisor to START TEA at no later than July 20, 2012.


Visit the course website or write to Prof. Gensuo Jia at for additional information on the training.