September 8, 2014, by Graham Kendall
UNMC invited to NASA-organised 7-SEAS Workshop 2014
This post was contributed by Andy Chan
The Seven-Southeast Asian Studies Mission (7-SEAS) is a multi-national project established to conduct interdisciplinary research in the field of aerosol-meteorology and climate interaction in Southeast Asia. Countries with participating scientists include Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the USA. The main organisers are the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and all has contributed significantly in setting up high-tech equipment throughout the region to ensure high quality data collection and analysis. The project has for main goal of investigating the global impact of biomass burning on clouds, atmospheric radiation, the hydrological cycle and the regional weather and climate.
Every year, a 7-SEAS workshop is organised in one of the above-mentioned countries to invite scientists together to develop concrete plans of action for the development of environmental observations and the promotion of specific international and cross-disciplinary research sub-projects. This year’s workshop was held from the 2nd to the 5th of September in the Meteorological Station in Citeko, Indonesia and Professor Andy Chan and his team was invited to be one of the Malaysia representatives and share their expertise with the international community. Their work currently involves the computational studies of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect in Malaysia and the study of the effect of Biomass Burning Haze on regional climate in Southeast Asia. The works have generated significant interest at the workshop given the complexity and quality of the work performed. This workshop has set the foundation for further collaboration with agencies from regional countries and such collaborative effort will hopefully bring new light to research opportunities and capabilities to the UNMC research community.
For further information about the 7SEAS Mission and UNMC participation in the project, please read http://7-seas.gsfc.nasa.gov/