Extreme weather and climate events often lead to catastrophic socioeconomic consequences, destroying regional economies and even threatening human lives. Moreover, it is widely known that there is high possibility of an increase in the occurrence and intensity of extreme events in a changing climate, as many researchers have pointed out. Therefore, well-preparedness for climatic extreme events and appropriate management mitigating their socioeconomic impacts are critical to enhance the adaptive capacity to climate change and to achieve sustainable growth. This can be accomplished through developing and utilizing a system to warn of climate-related hazards in advance using reliable climate information based on the most accurate scientific knowledge.
When applying the climate information for early warning and risk management, understanding different values and needs among related sectors and stakeholders is essential not only to improve the climate information-based early warning systems, but also to enhance the usability and applicability of the system.
The Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Climate Symposium 2019, entitled “Pathway to Sustainable Growth under a Changing Climate: Enhancing Interaction between Climate Science and Society,” aimed to share the knowledge and experience of utilizing climate information to be serviced for early warning systems and climate-related risk management with experts from various sectors including climate science, its application, risk management, and policy-making. The symposium was conducted for two and a half days, encompassing keynote speeches and three plenary sessions.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Climate Symposium 2019 was organized by the APEC Climate Center (APCC) with collaborative support from the National Weather Service of Chile, University of Magallanes, and APEC Chile Office 2019 with institutional support from APEC. APCC would like to extend its sincerest thanks to its invited speakers, honored guests, and all participants for their contributions to the event’s success.