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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), has successfully completed the demonstration phase of its operations to seek formal designation as a WMO RCC, which commenced in December 2010. NEACC has been recommended by WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl) and Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) in September 2012 to be designated as a WMO RCC, and the recommendation will be considered for approval by WMO Executive Council in May 2013.
North EurAsia Climate Centre (NEACC)
Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Domain: CIS countries including the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Four more countries in RA II, namely India, 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. India sent a formal letter of intent to be designated as an RCC to P/RA II in July 2011.
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