Pusan National University

Institute for Basic Science (IBS)
Pusan National University - pusan.ac.kr

Our Mission

  The fundamental research outcome of our center will be a leap in the understanding of the physics of the earth system, its feedbacks, instabilities and sensitivities on a wide range of timescales (from weather to glacial cycles) and in response to a number of forcings. We will generate scientific knowledge that can help policymakers and the general public make informed decisions on how to cope and respond to the emerging threat of global and regional climate change, sea level rise and ocean acidification.


ICCP strives to make breakthroughs in the understanding of our climate system, its predictability and its interactions with humans. ICCP will provide basic scientific knowledge on the evolution of the climate system and its environmental and potential economic impacts. This information can eventually help the general public and policymakers in planning, decision making, and in optimizing adaption and mitigation efforts to climate-induced risks.

The ICCP will complement research activities in other Korean universities and international institutions by exploring and advancing new research frontiers in earth system science and by training a new generation of climate scientists in atmospheric sciences, oceanography, hydrodynamics, cryosphere and carbon cycle dynamics, dynamical systems’ analysis, numerical methods and advanced statistics. 

The main research objectives of the ICCP over the next 10 years will be to:


  • Elucidate the dynamics of intraseasonal to orbital-scale natural climate variability, involving atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice, ice-sheets, vegetation and carbon cycle interactions

  • Determine the transient and equilibrium sensitivity of the earth system (including ice-sheets) and its internal modes of variability to various types of radiative forcings 

  • Reduce uncertainties of future climate projections on regional to global scales by improved understanding, modeling and observational data constraints

  • Improve our understanding of regional hydroclimate changes with a particular emphasis on tropical/subtropical and Asian monsoon regions 

  • Enhance our predictive capability on timescales of months to decades using improved comprehensive earth system models

  • Develop new generation of Earth system modeling system capable of simulating the past evolution of our earth system and forecasting its future state on decadal and centennial timescales.

  • Gain new insights into the effects of past and future climate change on human migration

  • Train the next generation of climate scientists in a stimulating, world-class multi-disciplinary and international research environment

  •  Broadly disseminate climate information to the general public and help policymakers in the development of climate protection plans


To address these key research objectives  the ICCP will pursue a comprehensive earth system dynamical approach, which encompasses different earth system components (atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, biogeochemistry) and extends across a range of spatial and temporal scales and from the past into the future. Both, earth system modeling tools and paleo-observational methods will be developed, improved and applied to study and determine earth’s sensitivity to forcings as well as the nature of internal climate instabilities. The proposed IBS will by organized into 5 major research Groups, focusing on


  • Earth System Dynamics (Group 1, G1, Director’s Group),
  • Paleoclimate (G2),
  • Hydroclimate (G3),
  • Earth System Predictability (G4),
  • Climate/Human Interactions (G5).


The scope of each research team is chosen, such as to maximize the synergy among the research groups.