Prof. Tangang is a Professor of Climatology and Physical Oceanography at the School of Environmental and Natural Resources, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He was the founding Head of the UKM Research Centre for Tropical Climate Change System (IKLIM). He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Currently, Prof. Tangang was also the Vice-Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I and IPCC Bureau member for the AR5 cycle, representing Malaysia and countries in the Southwest Pacific region. He was the first Malaysian to be elected to the IPCC. Prof. Tangang was also a candidate of the IPCC Vice-Chair and IPCC WG1 Co-Chair during the IPCC Election for the AR6 cycle. Prof. Tangang obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1997 where he conducted a research and developed a model to forecast the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). For the last 18 years or so he has been focusing his research on understanding climate variability and change in Malaysia and in the Maritime Continent region and also in atmospheric and ocean modeling. He has published more than 45 scientific papers in international journals (Scopus h-index 12; citations > 700). In recognition of his scientific contribution, Prof. Tangang was awarded the START Young Scientist Award in 2002. He regularly reviews article for publication in various journal including Journal of climate, Climate Dynamics, Monthly Weather Reviews and Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics. He is currently working on various research projects related to climate variability, climate change projection and ocean and atmospheric modelling. Prof. Tangang has supervised more than 15 PhD and MSc students. Prof. Tangang was also a consultant to the Malaysian Government for the future climate projection project over Malaysia. Prof. Tangang also served in various committees related to climate change at the national level. He is currently the Project Leader of the Southeast Asia Regional Climate Downscaling (SEACLID) / CORDEX Southeast Asia project (, a regional project under the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) of World Meteorological Organization and funded by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research. He was also a project leader of the UNESCO IOC-WESTPAC Ocean Forecasting System (