GOFC-GOLD Southeast Asia Regional Informational Network International Workshop successfully concluded

SEARIN group photo 2015GOFC-GOLD Southeast Asia Regional Informational Network International Workshop this year was held during August 4th-7th, 2015, Bogor, Indonesia. The meeting focused on Impacts of Land Cover/Land Use Changes on Greenhouse Gases/SLCP and Aerosols in the Asian region. The meeting was sponsored and co-organized by START International Inc., GOFC-GOLD program, USA; National Institute of Environmental Studies, Japan, NASA, USA and the University of Maryland College Park, USA and Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, Indonesia.

More than 120 participants from different countries attended the event. The meeting brought together researchers from different countries in the region, including Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, China, Japan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Indonesia.

The main objective of the workshop was to discuss land cover/land use changes and their impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and aerosols in the Asian region. The meeting comprised six different sessions: 1) Regional and national science initiatives; 2) Land Cover/Land Use Change, Forests and GHG emissions; 3) Inventories, Monitoring and Modeling of GHG’s and Air Pollution; 4) Vegetation Fires and Biomass Burning Emissions; 5) Aerosols and radiation and 6) Regional Science Summary and South East Asia Regional Information Network (SEARRIN) – Research Priorities. Each session was chaired by international experts in the field and was preceded by invited Keynote presentations. There were more than 40 presentations during the first three days of the workshop. The fourth day of the workshop included field trip to Gudung Gede National Park to observe local land cover/land use characteristics and biodiversity of the park. The workshop outputs will include a Journal special issue papers in Environmental Research Letters and articles in a book entitled “Land-Atmospheric Interactions in Asia” – Dr. Krishna Vadrevu, Dr. Toshimasa Ohara and Dr. Chris Justice will serve as editors. All researchers working in the area of Land use/cover changes, Greenhouse gas emissions and aerosols in the Asian region will be invited to contribute to the journal and book.

For workshop presentations, please click here.

For more information about the GOFC-GOLD program, please click here, or contact Senay Habtezion at shabtezion@start.org.