The First CCEC workshop

The first workshop of CCEC brought together scientists from Australia, China, Denmark, France, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Turkey, and the United States gathered at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing from 11-12 April 2014 to discuss and examine the ways to strengthen multi-disciplinary research on climatic and environmental changes and to establish a strong link to Future Earth – a new interdisciplinary research program that is being established as a successor to the Earth System Science Partnership ( Tom Beer and Jianping Li were the Co-chairs of the Science Program Committee and Keith Alverson was the Secretary General.

The first day of the workshop concentrated on inter-disciplinary geophysical research activities. Presentations were made by Prof. Pingfan Rao, President of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), Dr. Jun Chen, the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and a Skype presentation by Prof. Frans Berkhout, the Executive Director of Future Earth. These global perspectives were complemented by regional perspectives from Prof. Guoxiong Wu, Chair of the Chinese Committee of IUGG, and from Prof. Tetsuzo Yasunari, a member of the Future Earth Science Committee both of whom focused on Asian perspectives of Future Earth. Dr. Serhat Sensoy, a WMO representative, and Dr. Keith Alverson, a UNEP representative, pointed out that existence of a recent international research programme, also sponsored by UNESCO, called PROVIA - Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (

The second day of the workshop concentrated on scientific activities that could be used to foster internal linkages between and within the geodetic and geophysical communities. Though these are relatively straightforward and obvious in relation to meteorology and atmospheric sciences-through climate change; and in relation to the hydrological sciences through Panta Rhei it was noted that disparate fields such as geodesy can have links to hydrology through the ability of satellites such as GRACE accurately to map the gravity field, and hence the total radial mass at a given point on the earth’s surface.  Changes in the total liquid water content can thus be accurately deduced – though its partition into surface and ground water remains as a field of enquiry. The participants identified six areas of possible linkages:

Water Resources (IAHS/IAG)   

East Asia and the Monsoon (IAMAS/IAHS)

Sea Level Rise (IAPSO/IACS)

Space Weather and Sustainability (IAGA / IAMAS)

Climate Extremes and Food (IAMAS/IAVCEI)

Urban Risks


The workshop was sponsored by CCEC and hosted by the State Key Laboratory of Numerical Modelling for Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (LASG), Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP). It was proposed and generously co-sponsored by China Association for Science and Technology(CAST), National Natural-Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), Chinese National Committee for IUGG (CNC-IUGG), International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), The International Commission on Climate (ICCL) and National Basic research Program of China (973 Program): “Air-Land-Sea interactions in Asia and their role in the global change (ALS)” (2010CB950400) .

The workshop minutes, reports and photos can be downloaded later at .

Group Photo


from left to right: Prof. Jianping Li, Prof. Tom Beer and Dr. Keith Alverson