Climate change

Tie-up to study extreme weather

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 December, 2008, 12:00am

City University and the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences are joining forces to research extreme climate events and their relationship to global warming.

Announcing the collaboration recently, CityU chair professor of applied physics Johnny Chan Chung-leung said the effort was a collection of the best minds in the study of weather and climate.

'We are working with the premier institute in China as they are leading the study of atmospheric science in the mainland,' said Professor Chan.

A joint laboratory has been set up with computers at CityU and the CAS Institute of Atmospheric Physics linked together. Academics from both institutes will meet regularly.

Professor Chan, who is leading the research, said they would look at past events, identify trends and try to understand the causes of extreme climate events in southern China.

'We want to look at whether the winter monsoon conditions have changed and why they have changed. The question is whether that's a freaky event or something we can anticipate and whether these changes are related to global warming.'

He said research findings would be released possibly by the end of year on the huge snowstorms that ravaged 20 mainland provinces early this year.

Apart from the winter monsoon, typhoons during the summer would also be a key area of study.