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Climate Change Research Center


1. Introduction:

Climate Change Research Center (CCRC) is a governmental and pulic scientific and technological research entity belonging to the Viet Nam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change (IMHEN), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).

CCRC key functions are fundamental and applied scientific research, technological development as well as postgraduate (PhD) training in the fields related to climate change, including (but not limited to) climate change science; impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change; disaster risk reduction; mitigation of green house gases; green growth, economics of climate change and sustainable development.

The CCRC has been established in 2011, on basis of the IMHEN’s Division of Climate Change Research. Its activities build on the nearly 40-year tradition of fundamental and basic research on the topics of meteorology, climatology, climate change, hydrology, environment, water resources agro-meteorolgy and oceanology of the IMHEN.

2. Vision and Mission

The CCRC’s Long-term Vision is:

Becoming a leading center of excellence and science-technological research and academic entity in Viet Nam and in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in the fields of climate change, disasters risk management, sustainable development, environmental and natural resources management. Policy and institutional advocacy in the field of climate change, including policies and mechanisms for both adaptation and GHG reduction;

CCRC’s Mission is:

Providing scientific basis, reliable and evidence-based scientific information, knowledge, technologies to target audiences (policy makers, planners, authorities, the public and the clients); conducting high-quality scientific and technological research and studies for the state governance and policy making process, the development and implementation of strategies, policies, and plans; providing high-quality PhD training in the fields of climate change science, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, green growth, economics of climate change, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development as well as natural resources and environment management.

3. Mandates, Functions and Services

What we do and for whom?

One of the CCRC’s key mandates and functions are to conduct science-technological, experimental and applied research and provide services in the fields of climate change, including:

· CC Impacts and adaptation: Current state and future trends of climate change; assessment of risks, impacts of and vulnerability to climaiếnte change and natural disasters; measures and options to adapt to climate change and to reduce disasters risks;

· CC Mitigation: GHG inventory; options, mechanisms and opportunities to reduce the GHG emission towards lower carbon economy and sustainable development, including Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC);

· Green growth and economics of climate change: Scientific basis for green growth and low-carbon economy; Analyses and studies on economic aspects of climate change – cost, benefits and potential opportunities that climate change may bring

· Research and Development (R&D); application of scientific progresses and transfer of technologies related to climate change and sustainable development, including technology improvement for environment protection and cleaner production;

· Policy research; mainsteaming/integration of climate change issues into socio-economic strategies, policies and plans as well as development planning at sectoral and provincial/local level;

· Research and technologies for monitoring and reporting, database and softwares related to climate change research

· The CCRC also has function to provide postgraduated education, such as PhD training and research, capacity building and short-term trainings in the fields of climate change and sustainable development and contribute to PhD training in other fields under the IMHEN’s mandates;

Other functions of CCRC and services being provided are:

· Policy and institutional advocacy in the field of climate change, including policies and mechanisms for both adaptation and GHG reduction;

· Participate in quality assurance of activities, projects, and programmes in the fields of hydro-meteorology, environment and climate change

· Provide scientific basis, knowledge and information for Vietnam’s participation in global and regional climate change negotiation process;

· International cooperation in climate change related research programmes, projects and studies, including participation and contribution to international and regional working groups, networks and initiatives;

· Conduct and provide consultancy services in the fields of climate change, environment and hydro-meteorology within the mandates and expertise of the Center an IMHEN.

· Provide information and communications products, including bulletins, newsletters and report cards on climate change, disasters management and related fields;

4. Core Values

Why us, what makes us different

On the way toward a center of excellence on climate change research in Viet Nam and in Greater Mekong Subregion, we see the core values of our Center - the CCRC – in following qualities:

Competency: Competency and capacity of staff and quality of research works and services are one of the key issues we care about. Our staff are well educated, have many years of technical and practical experience in fields related to climate change such as meteorology, hydrology, environment, climate and socio-economic modeling. They are highly motivated young researchers, knowledgible and skillfull in what they are doing and were selected from best people in their field. Human resources development and management as well as capacity building are always our priority;

Competitiveness: We always strive for best quality of our works and timely provision of products and services. Although young, we have managed to conduct and complete with quality a large amount of works, projects and programmes (see the experiences below);

Reliability, Responsiveness and Result-Based: Being a reliable and responsive partner is another core value that partners and clients appreciated while working with us – for us, the products and results of our works and services are best advertisement of our competency and competiveness; With reliable data, information and methodology, we are highly responsible in our works and services to deliver timely and high-quality products and results. Besides, we are always trying to meet the needs and requirements of our counterparts in our best muatual insterests;

Creativeness: We really do care about creative working environment and always promote the innovative way of thinking and doing within our center. Our Center is a harmonized team of devoted and creative young researchers with collective leadership, under fair, open-minded and encouraging management.

5. Organisational Structure

Our divisions, leaders board and advisory board

The CCRC consists of three divisions with special focus on different aspects of climate change research, namely adaptation, mitigation, economics of climate change and green growth:

The Division for Climate Change Adaptation Research has more focus on studies, analyses and project on climate change status and trends, assessment impacts of and vulnerability to climate change and disasters, disasters risk management and reductions.

Likewise the Division for Climate Change Mitigation Research and Division for Climate change Economics and Green Growth Research respectively have more focus on inventory and reduction of GHG emission as well as economic aspects of climate change, cost-benefit analysis and green growth.

The CCRC’s leaderboard includes one director and two deputy directors, more details about which can be found in the Human Resources section below. Besides, CCRC has senior advisory board that assists the CCRC’s functioning and direction with their strategic view and vast experiences, connections and networks.

6. Expertise and Experiences

Below are existing and current projects that the CCRC have conducted or contributed to:

1. Climate Change Mitigation related projects



Sponsor/ Partner

The Vietnam-Japan Capacity-building Cooperation and Joint Study Project for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) in a Measureable, Reportable, and Verifiable (MRV) manner in waste sector

2012 – 2013

OECC, Japan

Project Waste to Resources (W2R): Application for cities in Vietnam



Development of technical guideline for NAMA/MRV activities for Vietnam

2012 – 2013

CBCC project

National Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2005 and 2010 (Energy, Industrial Processes and LULUCF sectors)

2011 – 2014


Research project on policies and technology innovation for reducing greenhouse gase emissions from coastal economic zones in Vietnam

2013 – 2014

State budget

Preparation of First Biannual Update Report (BUR1) of Vietnam for submission to the UNFCCC (GHG emission projection for Energy and LULUCF sectors until 2020 and 2030)

2013 – 2014

State budget

Development of a NAMA proposal “Support for the development of wind power in Vietnam”

2013 – 2014


Contribution to the development of Vietnam Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) of for both adaptation (water resources) and mitigation components (energy , waste and LULUCF sector)

2014 – 2015


Contribution to National GHG inventory for the year 2012 (Industrial processes and Energy sectors) for preparation of the BUR2 to submit to the UNFCCC

2014 – 2015

State budget

Research project on institutional arragement for NAMAs in Vietnam

2014 - 2015


Research project on MRV system for the implementation of NAMAs in Vietnam

2014 - 2015


Development of Action Plan on Green Growth for Tay Ninh province


State budget

Research project on advanced models for wastewater treatment in slaughterhouses in Vietnam

2014 - 2016

State budget

Research project on the costs and benefits of mitigation options in waste management sector.

2014 - 2016

State budget

2. Climate Policy and Adaptation related projects





National Science and Technological Research Programme “Impacts of climate change on natural environment and natural resources and strategic measures for prevention, mitigation and adaptation - towards sustainable socio-economic development in Vietnam”


State budget

Strengthening National Capacities to Respond to Climate Change in Viet Nam, Reducing Vulnerability and Controlling GHG Emissions (focus on MONRE and MARD) or CBCC project


UNDP and Danida

Contribution to the development of the National Climate change Strategy (2011) and National Action Plan to Respond to Climate Change (2012) Climate change and Sea level rise Scenarios for Vietnam (1994, 2009, 2012)


State budget

Contribution to the development and update of “Climate change and Sea level rise Scenarios for Vietnam - 2012”


State budget

Applying GIS technology for flood mapping to serve flood prevention and control activities in Quang Nam province


State and provincial budget

Development of Action Plan to Respond to Climate Change (AP.RCC) for Quang Ngai Province


State and provincial budget

Research project “Impacts of drought on socio – economic development in the Lower Red River basin and adaptation options”


State budget

Develop Decision Support System (DSS) for water resources management and exploitation in Vietnam


State budget

Contribution to project “Impacts of Climate Change in the Mekong River Delta and Adaptation Measures”


ADB and AusAID

Contribution to project “Applying Norwegian Earth system model for climate change scenario development, monsoon and climate extreme studies”


Norway (BCCR)

Contribution to project “Strengthening Capacity for Policy Research on Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture and Water Sector”


APN and Kengbangsaan Univ Malaysia

Research and evaluate the potential environmental co-benefits of activities to respond to climate change in Vietnam.


CBCC project

A Climate Resilient Mekong: Maintaining the Flows that Nourish Life



Vietnam national climate assessment


CBCC project

Literature Review and Capacity Need Assessment for the MRC Climate change and Adaptation Initiative (CCAI)


Mekong River Commission

Study and preliminary research of impacts of climate change on Mekong river delta (Vietnam) under the development of water resources of upstream countries and propose climate change adaptation options

2012 - 2013

MoNRE, Viet Nam

Development of adaptation indicators sets for efficiency of adaptation actions to serve the state management of climate change activities

2013 -2015

State budget

Vietnam Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX Vietnam Report)

2012 –2014


Studying and developing water stress index for Vietnam

2013 –2015

State budget

Update of Action Plan to Respond to Climate Change for Hanoi City


State and Hanoi municipality budget

Land use and CC interactions in the Vu Gia - Thu Bon river basin in central Vietnam (LUCCi)

2011- 2015

FSU of Jena (Germany)

Research on climate change impacts in Quang Ngai Province; adaptive and response solutions.

2013 - 2015

State and provincial budget

Building the resilience capacity to natural disaster in coastal community in Vietnam

2013- 2015


Contribution to “Capacity Building for Implementation of National Climate Change Strategy” Project



7. Human Resources

a. Core staffs

The CCRC presently has 19 staffs working in climate change, environment and hydrology fields, including:

· 02 Doctors;

· 06 PhD students;

· 04 Masters;

· 07 Engineers and Bachelors.

Director: Dr. Do TienAnh

Dr. Do Tien Anh is the Acting Director of Climate change research Center. He has over 10 years experience in environmental technology, climate change and risk assessment. Dr. Do Tien Anh gained his PhD in Environmental Technology from the South Florida University, USA and Master degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. His publication record and affiliation across government and non government organizations and private industry position him well to bring environmental treatment technology to a diverse array of end users. Dr. Anh has recently implemented the development of advance technology model to sustainably and effectively treat the solid – liquid waste from abattoir in Ha Noi and some near provinces. Dr. Anh was also the leader of the project on NAMA design study in the waste sector: Waste to Resources for Cities in Viet Nam, in collaboration with UNESCAP.

Deputy Director: Dr. Tran Mai Kien

With 17-years of research and experiences in the field of global environmental change and climate change studies, Dr.Tran Mai Kien is currently a Deputy Director of Climate Change Research Center. His research interests and expertise range from climate change adaptation and mitigation, climate policy, green growth and sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, integrated water resources management (IWRM) and river basin management.

Up to November 2014, he was working as Senior Climate Change Programme Officer of Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (CCAI) at the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) based in Vientiane, Lao PDR. He has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge about transboundary issues, including security, in the Lower Mekong region, has worked with number of governmental and non-governmental organizations/agencies in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Dr. Tran Mai Kien holds a University Degree in Medical Science and Public Health (1993), and a PhD in global environmental change and public health in Russian Federation (2000). He was awarded research grant and fellowship to conduct Post-Doctoral research on climate change and public health in Kyoto University, Japan (2008) and is author and peer reviewer of several international journals and books on climate change, disasters risk reduction and public health. He served as invited lecturer in several universities of Vietnam and presenter, facilitator, resource person/keynote speaker of number of international, regional and national conferences and workshops.

Currently he is contributing as national expert to adaptation component of the Vietnam Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to be submitted to the UNFCCC towards the COP21 in Paris. He had also contributed to the development and finalization of the “National Target Programme to Respond to Climate Change” (NTP.RCC) and the “Viet Nam National Strategy on Clean Development Mechanism”.

Deputy Director: MSc. Dang QuangThinh

Mr. Dang Quang Thinh has received his degree on Hydrology and Environment from Ha Noi Water Resources University in 2001. In 2010 he received his Master degree on Water science engineering at Institute for Water Education, UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands. Currently he is doing his PhD study at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research KIT/IMK-IFU, Germany.

MSc. Dang Quang Thinh has been CCRC Deputy Director since 2012. He has a wide range of expertise and many years of research and working experience in hydrology, water resource management and climate change issues. He worked on modelling in many subjects, including hydrology, sedimentation, water pollution, eutrophication and applications of modelling knowledge and skills in climate change and disasters risk assessment, adaptation planning.

Mr. Nguyen Van Dai – Head of Division for Climate Change Adaptation Research

Mr. Nguyen Van Dai educated in Hydrology in Ha Noi University of Natural Sciences. He specializes in the characterization and mechanics of integrated hydrological systems, using analytical techniques from engineering and hydrology. Mr. Dai currently performs hydrological modeling and analysis, climate change impact assessments, and data research and analysis. His work is concentrated in the areas of surface and groundwater hydrology, water balance and quality modeling.

Mr. Dai is currently the Head of Division for Climate Change Adaptation. He is the leader of many projects related to climate change impact assessment and adaptation measures, hydrological and environmental assessment. His duties included project formulation, design and implementation, arrangment and organization of field surveys and sampling excercises, technical assessment, data management and analyses, working with stakeholders and communities.

MSc. VuongXuanHoa – Head of Division for Climate Change Mitigation Research

MSc. Vuong Xuan Hoa holds a University degree in Energy Technology in 2006 and Master degree in Sustainable Development from University of New South Wales, Australia in 2013. He is an expert on climate change mitigation. As the Head of Head of Division for Climate Change Mitigation Research, Hoa has worked with the international and national organizations to inventory national GHG in Energy, Industrial Process and LULUCF fields and to examine cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions. He was the leader of IMHEN’s group for the preparation of Vietnamese BUR 1. He has made numerous presentations on Renewable Energy and Climate Change mitigation to international and domestic audiences, including the UNESCAP.

MSc. Nguyen Le Giang

MSc. Nguyen Le Giang graduated from Hydrology and Environment Faculty of Hanoi Water Resources University in 2006 and did her Master on Water resources management of Cologne University of Applied Science from 2009 to 2011.

Since graduation, Giang has experienced years of work at such positions as Researcher in Center for Hydrology and Water resources and then Secretary cum Interpreter with the UNDP-funded project “Strengthening national capacities to respond to climate change in Vietnam, reducing vulnerabilities and controlling GHG emission” (CBCC project). At the moment, Giang is working for Division for Climate Change Adaptation as a researcher. She has involved in projects related to climate change impact assessment and adaptation measures, climate change mainstreaming and water resource management. She was also a co-author of Vietnam special report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation, published in 2015.

List of current staffs of Climate Change Research Center





Do Tien Anh

Doctor on Environmental Technology


Tran Mai Kien

Doctor on Environment


Dang Quang Thinh

Master on Hydrology and Water resources, PhD student


Nguyen Thi Lieu

Master on Geography, Economy and Society


Dao Minh Trang

Master on Climate change


Nguyen Hoang Thuy

Master on Ecological management


Vuong Xuan Hoa

Master on Sustainable development


Nguyen Kim Tuyen

Master on Hydrology


Nguyen Le Giang

Master on Water resources management


Nguyen Phuong Thao

Master on Natural Resources and Environmental Management


Nguyen Tu Anh

Bachelor on Law


Nguyen Thi Hang

Master on Hydrology


Nguyen Van Dai

Bachelor on Hydrology


Hoang Tung

Bachelor on Environmental economy


Phan Thi Dieu Huyen

B. Eng on Hydrology


Do Thi Phuong Hoa

Bachelor on Natural resources management

Bachelor on development economics


Le Minh Trang

B. Eng on Hydrology


b. Senior advisory board

Professor Dr. Tran Thuc

Professor Tran Thuc has over 30 years’ experience in hydrometeorology, environmental and disaster management, institutional capacity building, policy analysis, planning, management, monitoring, evaluation and development of environmental and water resource projects. His demonstrated abilities and experience include adoption and market transformation of sustainable technologies; formulation and preparation of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy and action plan; partnership building as a means to achieving adoption of integrated water resources management, and development and implementation of integrated multi-purpose watershed management plans; development and mentoring of environmental and water resource professionals; formulation and implementation of water resource and quality projects, coordinating and negotiating projects in climate change and watershed management in Vietnam. He is currently a Co-chair of Vietnam-US Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huynh Thi Lan Huong

Dr. Huynh Thi Lan Huong is the Deputy Director General of Viet Nam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate change (IMHEN). Dr. Huong completed her PhD at IMHEN in Water resources Development from 2010. She also holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Engineering from Ha Noi Water resource University in Hydrology and Environment. She has participated in numerous projects on water resource management, environment and climate change. Dr. Huong has worked with the World Bank, UNDP, GIZ and numerous governmental organizations. Now she is the leader of working group on developing indicators for climate change adaptation to state management of climate change. Her knowledge of the science of climate change and her development of state-of-the-art tools in climate change assessments makes her an important player in any climate change risk and adaptation project.

8. Project documents

1. NAMA design study in the waste sector: Waste to Resources for Cities in Viet Nam, in collaboration with UNESCAP. (download full file; download summary file)