Climate Change Adaptation for Water Resources (CCAW) is a research center headquartered in Seoul that comprises several affiliated universities and institutes in South Korea. CCAW is funded by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) with the aim of developing national water resource management technology for climate change adaptation and building a foundation for contributions to the global water industry.
According to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate change has accelerated globally and regionally, affecting both scientific and socioeconomic sectors such as water resources, agriculture, forest ecology, fisheries and health care. Among these sectors, the most vulnerable sector to climate change is water resources, including the influences of floods, droughts and changing precipitation patterns
Thus, collaborative efforts are required to understand the adverse effects of climate change and to formulate effective adaptation measures that minimize the potential damages. Recently, an international credit rating agency reported that climate change is no longer a subject of scientific debate but a real problem that must be addressed in the context of national economic and fiscal performance.
A number of studies related to climate change and water resources have been conducted in Korea. However, most of these studies have focused on climate change impact assessments of water resources and not on developing actual adaptation strategies for the country. Therefore, our goal is to develop a water resources management technology for climate change adaptation and to build a foundation to contribute to the global water industry. The prior directions are as follows.