The Regional Climate Consortium for Asia and the Pacific (RCCAP) is a community of practice, originally established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to facilitate the development, dissemination and application of climate information in support climate resilient development in its Developing Member Countries (DMCs). The portal has been recently expanded to encompass climate information, guidance material and other resources developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and its partners, for both Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Using this Portal

This portal aims to help you identify and use climate information appropriate to your adaptation planning needs. To do this, the portal provides:

Important Disclaimer

CSIRO advises that the information contained on this portal comprises general statements based on scientific research. The user is advised and needs to be aware that such information may be incomplete or unable to be used in any specific situation. No reliance or actions must therefore be made on that information without seeking prior expert professional, scientific and technical advice.

To the extent permitted by law, CSIRO (including its employees and consultants) excludes all liability to any person for any consequences, including but not limited to all losses, damages, costs, expenses and any other compensation, arising directly or indirectly from using this portal (in part or in whole) and any information or material contained in it.

Climate data. Historical climate observations along with direct model outputs covering historical and future periods[1].
Climate product. A derived synthesis of climate data[2].
Climate Information. Climate data, climate products and/or climate knowledge[3].
Climate service. Providing climate information in a way that assists decision making by individuals and organizations[4].
Climate projections. These describe the change to climate that is simulated on the basis of particular given set of input conditions—a given representative concentration pathway (RCP) scenario and the climate model in which it is used[5].
Climate scenarios. These can be based on projections but will often require specific formulation so the impact model can use the climate change information[6].

[1][2][3][4] GFCS. 2014. Implementation Plan of the Global Framework for Climate Services. World Meteorological Organization, Switzerland, 70 pp.

[5] IPCC. 2001. Climate Change 2001: The Science of Climate Change. Summary for Policymakers and Technical Summary of the Working Group 1 Report. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press.

[6] Whetton PH, McInnes KL, Jones RN, Hennessy KJ, Suppiah R, Page CM, Bathols J and Duracks PJ. 2005. Australian climate change projections for impact assessment and policy application: a review. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Aspendale.