Sarah Kang, Professor in the School of Urban and Environmental Engineering at UNIST has been named to serve as a co-chair of the Climate Dynamics Panel (CDP). Professor Kang will be appointed for a two-year term of office, beginning 2021.
Comprised of 12 professionals, the CDP is an international panel on climate dynamics, convened under the Climate and Ocean: Variability, Predictability, and Change (CLIVAR)*. The Panel is charged to review and identify key research priorities and scientific advances related to climate dynamics, thereby providing recommendations that could further improve our present understanding of atmosphere-ocean climate dynamics. They also offer various programs for the development of scientific and technical capabilities in this field.
* CLIVAR is one of the four core projects of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) that addresses climate variability and predictability, with a particular focus on the role of ocean-atmosphere interactions in climate.
In 2018, Professor Kang was appointed to the new panel member of the CDP. Among hundreds of professionals currently working under CLIVAR, Professor Kang is the only scientist, affiliated with a South Korean research institute.
Climate change is a global phenomenon that requires international collaboration. The WCRP, sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, has played a pivotal role in international climate science by initiating and coordinating major collaborative activities that could not have been delivered without the international cooperation which WCRP facilitates.
“I am absolutely honored to be nominated to serve as a co-chair of the CDP,” says Professor Kang. “With this opportunity, I look forward to further strengthening S. Korea’s position on climate dynamics, globally.”
Meanwhile, Professor Sarah Kang received the B.S. degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Seoul National University, Korea, and the Ph.D. degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Princeton University, United States. She joined the School of Urban and Environmental Engineering at UNIST in 2011. Prior to joining UNIST, Professor Kang worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, United States.