16 March 2016 - 17 March 2016
Korea University, Seoul, South Korea

The 3rd IIASA-KU Workshop for the Mid-Latitude R/D Network

Systems Analysis Approach to Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Mid-Latitude Ecotone in connection with EU-Horizon 2020 Strategies.

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IIASA Director General and CEO, Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat gave an opening speech to commence the Mid-Latitude R/D Network Workshop.

Deputy Program Leader Florian Kraxner and Senior Research Scholar Anatoly Shvidenko from IIASA's Ecosystem Services and Management (ESM) Program presented and discussed the contents of the EU-Horizon 2020 proposal during Session 2 of the workshop. 

The 1st workshop for the Mid-Latitude R/D Network was aimed at disseminating the notion of resilience in socio-ecological systems as a core concept in describing sustainability. The 2nd Mid-Latitude Workshop provided ideas for climate change and spatial resilience across the Mid-Latitudes which will contribute to building a framework for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development. 

The objectives of the 3rd workshop for Mid-Latitude R&D were as follows:

1) Setting and developing the research scope, area and time plan for the EU-Horizon 2020 project.

2) Finding of cooperative possibility with each international organizations.

3) Investigation of action plans for the Mid-Latitude research by the Young Scholar Committee (founded by the BK21Plus Eco-Leader Education Center (ELEC) for wise adaptation to climate and environment changes in 2015).

4) Further plans to prepare the EU Horizon 2020 proposal document will also be arranged with IIASA.

IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat giving an opening speech at the Mid-Latitude R/D Network Workshop.

Project Overview

An adaptation approach to climate change requires better knowledge of regions and processes. Research findings should be directed in a way that enhances adaptive strategies against climate change. Such research and policy proposals regarding climate change should concentrate on improving regional understanding. The Mid-Latitude zone can be broadly defined as part of the northern hemisphere between 30°-60° latitude. In terms of demographics and level of economic development in the Mid-Latitude region, approximately 50% of the world population lives in this region, and the scope of research is adjusted to the area particularly between 20°N - 40°N. The Mid-latitude zone is regarded as vulnerable to climate; even small changes of climatic indicators (temperature, precipitation) may provide substantial impacts on ecosystems in this zone because the land cover of a number of countries in Mid-Latitude are comprised mostly of arid or semi-arid area. Therefore, we have to expand our knowledge of environment of the Mid-Latitude through continuous research and investigation.

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Florian Kraxner

CLR Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Anatoly Shvidenko

Emeritus Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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