The 11th UNESCO/IOC-RTRC-ODC Training Course on Prediction and Projection of Climate

 Jiayi Guo     |      2022-06-27 13:56
Hybrid of online and onsite22-28 August 2022

1. Background
      Climate change has emerged as one of the top challenges for human beings. The international community has been making considerable efforts at all levels to response to this challenge. It is unequivocal as a result of escalating human activities, and the ocean plays a central role in regulating the Earth's climate. The research on ocean dynamics, air-sea interaction and the development of numerical modeling systems will improve our understanding current status of the climate and predicting its future. This training course scheduled on 22-28 August 2022 is designed to improve the ability of use the modern numerical model to study the prediction and projection of the climate.
      In response to the increasing demand for enhancing research capacity on ocean dynamics, air-sea interaction and numerical modeling, the UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center (RTRC) on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (ODC center) was officially launched in Qingdao on 9 June 2011, under the framework of the IOC-RTRCs. During past years, ODC center has successfully organized 10 annual training courses with the participation of more than 50 experts from 11 countries and 522 participants from 51 countries, and the subjects are respectively on Ocean Models Ocean Dynamics (10-16 June 2011), Air-Sea Interaction and Modeling (12-23 August 2013), Climate Models (3-14 November 2014), Climate Change (7-18 September 2015), Ocean Dynamics and Multi-scales Interaction (5-16 September 2016), Development of Coupled Regional Ocean Models (12-23 June 2017), Ocean Forecast System (2-7 July 2018) , Climate Dynamics and Air-sea Interactions (17- 28 June 2019) and Regional Application of Coupled Climate Models (5-16 July 2021). According to its working plan, the 11th training course on Prediction and Projection of Climate will be organized from 22-28 August 2022 at Qingdao, China.
      Given the prolonged influence of COVID-19 and the health of participants, the 11th training course will be conducted in a hybrid mode involving aspects of both in-person and online. Additional measures will also be taken to guarantee that the online training can achieve expected results. Because of the different time zones of the trainees, the record video of each lecture will be uploaded to ODC website with a limited access. To increase the enthusiasm and participation, all trainees will be required to submit an introduction PPT together with a video for the section of Trainee Reports. Instead of hand-on practice, some assignments following each lecture, and our professors will arrange related instruction. When applying this training course, one should ensure to accomplish these assignments.

2. Objectives

      The 11th training course is designed to develop the capacity of member states, who are involved in the research of climate prediction, especially in the Western Pacific and adjacent areas. This training course aims to:

- Provide basic and advanced courses as well as hands-on practices on climate prediction trough the analysis of the results from the climate system models;
Improve the capabilities for young scientists on understanding the climate change and analyzing the results of climate prediction;
Share the state-of–the-art research frontiers, achievements in earth system models and new views on climate change;
Promote the interactions among the experts and young scientists, and strengthen and scale up a network for early career professionals in WESTPAC region;
Further enhance the regional coordination and explore the opportunities of collaborative research to respond to the call of Decade Actions.

3. Expect ourcomes
      The Training course is intended for anyone who works in climate research or applications. If you are a researcher in climate, oceanography or atmosphere, a weather or marine forecaster, or a resource manager interested in how the climate is changing, please register to participate. Participants completing this training course will be able to:

Get the knowledge of the fundamentals and recent progress of the climate dynamics;
Describe the basic concept of the climate prediction and projection, understand the historical climate processes, and the key role of the ocean in the climate system;
Analyze the climate status in the future based on the prediction results from multi-models of ESM;
Join the network of early career young scientist and start the cooperation among the trainees from different regions.

4. Lectures and Agenda

Prof. Shoshiro Mionobe

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Hokkaido University,
Science building No. 8, N10, W8, Sapporo, 060-0810, Japan, Tel: +81-11-706-2644

Prof. Nelly Florida Riama
Director of the Center for Research and Development, Agency for Meteorology,
Climatology, and Geophysics of Indonesia

Prof. Fangli Qiao
Director of UNESCO/IOC-RTRC-ODC center
Deputy Director General of First Institute of Oceanography, MNR, China,
Tel: +86-532-8896 5544

Dr. Yajuan Song
First Institute of Oceanography, MNR, China
No. 6 Xian-Xia-Ling Rd, Qingdao, China

Prof. Tianjun Zhou
LASG, Institute of Atmospheric Physics,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Prof. Gerrit Lohmann
Head of the Working Group Paleoclimate Dynamics at the Alfred Wegener Institute
University of Bremen for the Department of Physics of the Climate System, German

Prof. Zhaohua Wu
Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science
College of Arts and Sciences, Love Building 0422
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-4520
5. Application and Selection

(1)  Participate In-person or online
      Considering the status of the prolonged influence of COVID-19 in the worldwide and the health of participants, only the trainees that are already in China can attend this training course in-person, and the other trainees have to attend online. If the trainees lived in China city where is a severe epidemic happened during the training course, according to the local policy for traveling, they cannot attend this training course by onsite.
(2)  Online Application System

      There is no fee charged for application and participation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online through the online application system. Note that if the system does not work in some regions, the offline application form could be used. Once received your offline application form, the local organization committee members will help you to fill in the information to the online application system., but the application should be done no later than 30 May 2022.

Online application system:
Offline Application Form:
Application deadline: 30 May 2022

(3)  Financial assistance
      There is no registration fee. A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants (In-person), with priority given to participants from developing countries. You will be asked to identify your financial request in the application system. The selection committee will evaluate the application form to decide who will receive the financial assistance.
(4)  Selection Criteria

      The information filled in the application will be of great help for the selection process. A selection committee will be set-up with a view to selecting the most qualified early career scientists among applications to attend this training course. The selection process will be done according to the following criteria.

The In-person participants are only for those already in China, all the other applicants could attend by online.
The educational background and/or work experience should be closely related to the topic of the training course.
For a balanced geographical distribution of the trainees, there will be an overall evaluation within the same country, or within the same affiliation.
There will be a slight balance of male and female.
The financial assistance will be considered mainly from the developing countries.

(5)  Back to back events
      The second CLIVAR-FIO Joint Summer School on Ocean Macro-turbulence and Its Role in Earth’s Climate will be held on 14-20 August 2022. All applicants are welcomed to apply both events. More information can be found in CLIVAR website (
      The summer school allows participate online, in-person participate in Qingdao of China or in-person participate in Guayaquil Ecuador. The period is in the former week of the ODC training course and the topics are closely related to ODC training course. The application system for this summer school is the same one as the ODC training course.
6. Working Language

      The courses will be conducted in English.
7. Contact Information

      More information of this training course will be updated on the website of the ODC Center and the WESTPAC websitie. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us (

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