This project is funded under the CSIRO - AusAID Research for Development Alliance. The Alliance is a strategic partnership between the two agencies which looks to form solutions for development challenges within the Asia Pacific region.
Vietnam’s Institute of Meteorology Hydrology and Environment (IMHEN) under the direction of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) was assigned with the responsibility to develop and update the official climate projections (scenarios) for Vietnam. The first version of these scenarios was released in 2009 and was later updated in 2012.
A key priority, identified by IMHEN, was the need to have better understanding of the likely effects of climate change at the regional level for its next update. More localised climate change projections would improve the understanding of vulnerabilities and assist with prioritising appropriate adaptation responses.  This need has resulted in the Alliance’s support for a partnership between Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Vietnam’s Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IMHEN) and the University of Science - Vietnam National University, to provide updated climate and sea-level rise projections.
The results from this project will be used to inform the official Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise Scenarios for Vietnam in 2015.
The project aimed to:
  • Improve understanding of the potential future climate changes in Vietnam.
  • Integrate past and current research for a more complete assessment of the potential effects of climate change.
  • Provide information necessary for appropriate planning and investment to adapt to climate change.
  • Develop innovative communication tools to ensure that the data generated are widely accessible.
The project was delivered through six main components;
  • Component 1: Review of previous observation data and climate drivers in Vietnam
  • Component 2: Dynamical downscaling
  • Component 3: Analysis of climate projections
  • Component 4: Regional sea-level projection
  • Component 5: Assessing response options
  • Component 6: Communication and management