Lecture I

“Global Climate Change and Its Implications to Hong Kong”

Mr SHUN Chi Ming, JP, FRMetS
Director of the Hong Kong Observatory of the HKSAR Government
Date: 9 December 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Wang Gungwu Theatre, P4, Graduate House,
The University of Hong Kong
This Lecture will be conducted in English.
Mr SHUN Chi Ming

Abstract:

The human-induced climate change has become the greatest challenge of our time. The global annual average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration reached 403 ppm in 2016, surpassing 400 ppm for the first time in the modern atmospheric measurement record and in ice core analysis dating back to 800,000 years ago. The increase from 2015 was 3.5 ppm, marking the largest annual increase in the 58-year record. The increasing greenhouse gas concentration has caused the planet to warm which, in turn, leads to a number of serious consequences including more heat waves, more extreme precipitation, substantial ice loss from glaciers and giant ice sheets, as well as rising global mean sea level at an unprecedented rate in the past three millennia.

Hong Kong is not immune to the impacts of global climate change. Even allowing for the urbanisation factor, we have experienced a significant warming trend in the past 130 years or so, and the annual number of very hot days has increased six-fold in the past century. With more frequent extreme weather expected as a result of climate change, the chance of hourly rainfall exceeding 100 mm has since doubled. Along with rising global mean sea level, an average sea level rise of around 3 mm per year is recorded at the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.

In this presentation, the latest situation of global climate change will be reviewed and its implications to Hong Kong highlighted. The Hong Kong Observatory is committed to working with all stakeholders, especially the engineering sector, and the community at large in taking forward mitigation, adaptation and resilience-building plans and actions to combat the impacts of climate change.

About the Speaker:

Mr SHUN Chi Ming graduated as Bachelor of Science from the University of Hong Kong in 1985. He joined the Hong Kong Observatory as Scientific Officer in 1986 and received professional training in nuclear radiation and meteorology in 1986 and 1987 respectively. His subsequent work includes weather forecasting, seismology, time service and numerical weather prediction. He specialised in aeronautical meteorology since the 1990s and led a team of researchers to develop the world-first Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) Windshear Alerting System for the Hong Kong International Airport. This innovative work received the top award – the Award of the Year - in the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009 and was internationally recognised, for example, by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

He has taken up international responsibilities since the early 2000s and served as the chair of the Asia/Pacific regional group on aeronautical meteorology of the UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) from 2003 to 2009. Since 2010, he has become the President of the Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM) of the UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) – the first Chinese, and in fact also the first Asian, taking up this high position in the WMO. He is also Permanent Representative of Hong Kong, China with WMO.

His other professional affiliations include Chair of the Hong Kong Meteorological Society, Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS) and Member of the Chinese Meteorological Society Executive Committee. Locally, he serves on a number of advisory bodies, including the Government’s Steering Committee on Climate Change, Radiation Board, and Advisory Committee of the School of Energy and Environment of the City University of Hong Kong.



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