Introduction

Although Monsoon Asia is one of the current “frontiers” for atmospheric chemistry, the region is not well connected to the international science community. Corresponding to emerging environmental issues including severe air pollution, the atmospheric chemistry community in Monsoon Asia is rapidly growing at both national and international levels, and policymakers need scientific evidence and support. However, there is large asymmetry between countries. Therefore, coordination across nations is needed to build an atmospheric science community in Asia, especially with afocus on countries that are not big enough to have national working groups.

The main objective of IGAC-MANGO is to form a cohesive network of atmospheric scientists in the Asian monsoon region, facilitate collaboration between Asian and international scientists, and foster the next generation of scientists in this region.

History

  • Communication to expand the membership network to include more countries is ongoing.
  • The APN CAPaBLE fund was approved for the MANGO activities in 2017-2018 (July 2017 to June 2019), entitled "CBA2017-02MY-Tanimoto: Fostering of the next generation of scientists for better understanding of air quality in Monsoon Asia and Oceania region".
  • In 2015, the WG was officially started with the initial 17 membership and three co-chairs from Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia (Hiroshi Tanimoto, Kim Oanh, and Manish Naja), and named as the Monsoon Asia and Oceania Networking Group (MANGO).
  • Core-preparatory committee was formed from Northeast, Southeast and South Asia, and the possible structure was discussed and approved by the IGAC SSC in 2014.
  • The NIES international coordination fund for workshop support was approved for two years (2014-2015).
  • The idea was discussed and evolved as the Overarching Asia WG, and the formal proposal was presented at the 2013 IGAC SSC meeting.
  • Possibility to form the Southeast Asia WG was suggested at the 2012 IGAC SSC meeting by Hiroshi Tanimoto, in consideration of emerging atmospheric chemistry activities in Southeast and South Asia, in particular, ACAM. One-year scoping period to explore its feasibility was given.

Structure

IGAC-MANGO sits under IGAC and its activities are oversight by IGAC SSC.
For more information about the IGAC Working Groups, see the IGAC website.

Purpose

IGAC-MANGO will be a working body to:

  • enhance communication between scientists in Monsoon Asia, and the collaboration of Asian community to the international community for IGAC-related scientific questions, including changes in atmospheric composition and the resulting impacts, biomass burning, biogenic and anthropogenic emissions, air quality and health, the interplay of the Asian monsoon and atmospheric chemistry, fundamental sciences, mitigation options, etc.; and
  • explore opportunities for funding and infrastructure that are needed to foster scientific research, capacity building, and regional collaborations.

Current Committee Members

  • Hiroshi Tanimoto
    Co-ChairHiroshi Tanimoto (NIES, Japan)
    Trop. O3, Air-Sea VOC
  • Kim Oanh
    Co-ChairKim Oanh (AIT, Thailand)
    Air pollution engineering and management
  • Manish Naja
    Co-ChairManish Naja (ARIES, India)
    Trace gases observation and modeling
  • Ohnmar Tin Haling
    Ohnmar Tin Haling (EQM, Myanmar)
    Environmental Toxicology, Technology and Management

  • Mohd Talib Latif(UKM, Malaysia)
    Atmospheric Chemistry, Aerosols, Air Pollution
  • Abdus Salam
    Abdus Salam (Univ. of Dhaka, Bangladesh)
    Air pollution and its health impact
  • Puji Lestari
    Puji Lestari (ITB, Indonesia)
    Urban air quality, atmospheric chemistry, aerosol Biomass Burning, Air Pollution.
  • To Thi Hien
    To Thi Hien (Vietnam Nat. Univ., Vietnam)
    Environmental Chemistry, Atmospheric science and air pollution, Environmental pollution and health, Environmental pollution treatment
  • Phengkhamla Phonvisai
    Phengkhamla Phonvisai (MoNRE, Lao PDR)
    coming soon
  • Maria Obiminda Cambaliza
    Maria Obiminda Cambaliza (Manila Univ., Philippines)
    Atmospheric composition, Urban air quality, Long-range transport of particulate and trace gas pollution
  • Liya Yu
    Liya Yu (NUS, Singapore)
    Aerosol Chemistry and Urban Air Quality
  • Candice Lung
    Candice Lung (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
    Exposure and Risk Assessment, PM2.5, Environmental Health Management, Health Adaptation, Heat Vulnerability Assessment
  • Bhupesh Adhikary
    Bhupesh Adhikary (ICIMOD, Nepal)
    Regional scale air quality modeling
  • Melita Keywood
    Melita Keywood (CSIRO, Australia)
    coming soon
  • Muhammad Fahim Khokhar
    Muhammad Fahim Khokhar (NUST, Pakistan)
    Climate Change and Air Quality, Atmospheric Chemistry, Satellite and Ground-based Remote sensing, DOAS.
  • Hiranthi Janz
    Hiranthi Janz (CEA, Sri Lanka)
    Ambient air quality monitoring, Indoor air quality monitoring, Stack emission monitoring
  • Tao Wang
    Tao Wang (Hong Kong Polyptych Univ., China)
    IGAC China WG Liaison

    Urban and Regional Air Quality, Atmospheric Chemistry, Air Pollution-Cloud Interactions
  • Jim Crawford
    Jim Crawford (NASA, USA)
    ACAM Liaison

    Tropospheric photochemical modeling

Workshops and Activities

YearEvents
2018
  • Kohei Sakata, Sakiko Ishino, Manish Kumar, and Maximilien Desservettaz will serve as a member of Early Career Program Organizing Committee at the 2018 joint 14th iCACGP Quadrennial Symposium and 15th IGAC Science Conference in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan.
  • Mohd Talib Latif will organize the International Conference on Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change in Asia in Malaysia on 27-28 March 2018, sponsored by Asian Network on Climate Science and Technology (ANCST).
2017
2016
  • Fatimah Ahamad served as a member of Early Career Short Course Organizing Committee at the IGAC 2016 Science Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA.
  • MANGO-ACAM joint session was held at the 13th Annual Meeting of AOGS (Asia Oceania Geosciences Society) 2016 in Beijing, China, 31 July – 5 August 2016 (AS13: Interaction of Atmospheric Composition and The Asian Monsoon, conveners: Hiroshi Tanimoto, Kim Oanh, Manish Naja, Jim Crawford, and Laura Pan). In total there were 14 presentations in a half-day session.
2015
  • Workshop for developing priority themes and activities for IGAC Monsoon Asia & Oceania Networking Group, 11-12 June 2015, Bangkok, Thailand. [Group photo]
  • Planning Workshop for Developing a Framework for Cooperation Between IGAC Activities in Asia, 2-3 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand. [Group photo]

Publications