MAIRS is the first integrated regional study of the ESSP and addresses coupled human and natural processes in the monsoon Asia region.
Almost all aspects of societal and economic activities in monsoon Asia are critically dependent on monsoon climate and its variability. On the other hand, there are indications that human activities, especially those associated with economic development may be having a detectable impact on the monsoon system.
MAIRS is addressing the following key questions:
To start answering these questions MAIRS has identified four vulnerable geographic zones and key integrated study themes for each zone:
The Scientific Steering Committee has also created a fifth working group to address 'Modelling and Scenarios building'. It intends to support the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report to create scenarios for monsoon Asia. These scenarios should also serve ESSP and its partner programmes.
Click here to view Initial Science Plan.
MAIRS International Project Office
40# Hua Yan Li, Qi JIa Huo Zi
Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chao Yang District, P. O. Box 9804
P. R. China