Mr. Pak Wai Chan is an Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory. He specializes in research and development, and overseeing the climate information service including climate change studies in the Observatory. He has worked at the Observatory for over 25 years including aviation weather service with research experience on low level windshear/turbulence, meteorological instrumentation and mountain meteorology. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree on Physics in University of Hong Kong and is a Chartered Meteorologist of Royal Meteorological Society. He has published more than 180 refereed scientific papers in internationally renowned journals on meteorology.
Prof. Hans-Otto Pörtner is a Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC for the Sixth Assessment cycle. He studied at Münster and Düsseldorf Universities where he received his PhD qualifying in Animal Physiology. As a Research and then Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council he worked at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, Nova Scotia, Canada and at the Lovelace Medical Foundation, Albuquerque, USA. Currently he is Professor and Head of the Department of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany. He acts as an associate editor ‘Physiology’ for Marine Biology and as a co-editor of the Journal of Thermal Biology. He was Honorary International Associate Member of the Society for Integrative Biology, USA, between 2006 and 2013. He gave the Peter Hochachka Memorial Lecture at University of British Columbia in 2007, the Plymouth Marine Lecture in 2013, and the Bidder Lecture of the Society for Experimental Biology in Florence, 2018. During the IPCC Fourth Assessment Cycle he served as Lead Author on the Working Group III Special Report on Carbon Capture and Storage, and during AR5 as Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 6 (Ocean Systems) of the Working Group II Report, as a member of the author teams for the Working Group II Summary for Policymakers and Technical Summary, as well as a member of the Core Writing Team for the Synthesis Report. His research interests include the effects of climate warming, ocean acidification, and hypoxia on marine animals and ecosystems with a focus on the links between ecological, physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms limiting tolerance and shaping biogeography and ecosystem functioning. He is a Clarivate Analytics highly cited researcher 2018.
Mr. Shun Chi-ming, F.R.Met.S., is the Director of the Hong Kong Observatory. Mr Shun graduated from the University of Hong Kong as Bachelor of Science in 1985. He joined the Hong Kong Observatory in 1986 as Scientific Officer. Mr Shun specialized in aeronautical meteorology since the 1990s and introduced the most advanced droppler weather radar to detect windshear for the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) which opened in 1998. In the 2000’s, Mr Shun led a team of researchers to develop the world-first Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) Windshear Alerting System for the HKIA. The system overcame the long-standing problem of detection of windshear under rain-free conditions, winning local awards and international recognition.
Mr Shun started taking up several international positions since the 2000’s. He was President of the Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM) of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) from 2010 to 2018, the first Asian who took up this high position in WMO. Mr Shun Chi-ming was elected a Co-Vice-President of the newly-established Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services and Applications of the WMO in June 2019.
Prof. Panmao Zhai is a Co-Chair of Working Group I of IPCC for the Sixth Assessment cycle. He is a well-known Chinese climatologist. He is a research professor and PhD advisor in the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, the largest multi-disciplinary and comprehensive research institution on atmospheric sciences in China. He has more than 30 years working experience in climate change and variability studies. He has published more than 100 papers in Chinese and English. He has developed the Global Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic System and established the ENSO Monitoring and Prediction System in China. Such contributions have effectively supported China National Climate Centre's operational activities and services. Currently, as a Chief Scientist, Panmao is leading a group of excellent meteorologists, studying the formation mechanism and prediction method for persistent extreme events in China.