The Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS) is a consortium for the integrated study of earth system process in the Asia Monsoon Region. It was implemented by START on behalf of ESSP and GEC partners. MAIRS is guided by a scientific steering committee (SSC) and supported by an international project office (IPO) adjoining the START TEA Center located at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chines Academy of Sciences in Beijing, P. R. China.
The Monsoon Asia Region is composed of South, Southeast, and East Asia. Unlike other monsoon research projects, which focus on understanding the monsoon climate, MAIRS focuses on the human relationship with the monsoon. The population, vegetation, soil and water systems in that region have developed in response to the monsoon and thus are vulnerable to changes in that climate. It is therefore vital for scientists to have a strong understanding of how human activity in this rapidly developing area of the world will interact with the natural regional climate. The MAIRS project is undertaking this challenge through studies combining field experiments, process studies and modeling components that aim:
- to better understand how human activities in the region are interacting with and altering natural regional variability of the atmosphere, terrestrial, and marine components of the environment,
- to contribute to a sound scientific basis for sustainable regional development, and
- to develop a predictive capability for estimating changes in global-regional linkages in the Earth System and to recognize the future consequences of such changes.
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Last Updated on January 30th, 2012