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RCC Implementation in Asia
Asia (RA II) is served by a collection of RCCs having pan-Asian as well as sub-regional interests, which have established a joint portal (http://www.rccra2.org/) that provides links to the various RCC products and services in RA II. The portal also includes a link to the APEC Climate Center (APCC), another key institution providing regional climate monitoring and prediction products. The following are the basic details of the two formally designated WMO RCCs in RA II:
Beijing Climate Center (BCC)
Location: Beijing, China
Domains of interest: East Asian Monsoon and all Asia for monitoring extremes.
Tokyo Climate Center (TCC)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Domain of interest: All Asia and Western Pacific (40N-20S, 30E-180)
The North Eurasia Climate Centre (NEACC) coordinated by the Russian Federation under the auspices of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), conducted the demonstration phase of its operations to seek formal designation as a WMO RCC, during the period 2010-13. NEACC was recommended by WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl) and Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) in September 2012 to be designated as a WMO RCC, the recommendation was accepted by WMO Executive Council in May 2013, and NEACC was formally designated as a WMO RCC.
North EurAsia Climate Centre (NEACC)
Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Domain: CIS countries including the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) commenced the demonstration phase in 2014 to seek designation of its National Climate Centre (NCC) as a WMO RCC, with the domain of responsibility covering the South Asian countries.
India Meteorological Department (IMD)
Location: Pune, India
Three more countries in RA II, namely Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan have also expressed their interest in establishing RCCs, and are making concerted efforts to initiate the pilot phase of operations.
Regional Climate Outlook Forums in RA II
- Forum on Regional Climate Monitoring, Assessment and Prediction for Regional Association II (FOCRAII) coordinated by China since 2005;
- South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF) coordinated by India since 2010;
- North Eurasian Climate Outlook Forum (NEACOF) was launched by NEACC in May 2011;
- East Asia winter Climate Outlook Forum (EASCOF) jointly coordinated by China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Mongolia