The ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) was established in January 1993 as a regional collaboration programme among the National Meteorological Services (NMSs) of ASEAN member countries. ASMC is hosted under Meteorological Service Singapore, National Environment Agency of Singapore.
The main objective of ASMC is to enhance regional capacity and strengthen support in the provision of meteorological services. Under the ASEAN Regional Haze Action Plan endorsed by the ASEAN Ministers of the Environment and implemented in 1997, the ASMC was appointed to monitor and assess land and forest fires and the occurrence of transboundary smoke haze affecting the ASEAN region. The countries monitored initially covered Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and later extended in 2003 to cover the whole ASEAN region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). ASMC also serves as a technical member for various inter-agencies committees in ASEAN region, providing information related to forest fires and smoke haze.
The main roles of ASMC are:
- Monitor and assess land and forest fires, as well as the occurrence of transboundary smoke haze for the ASEAN region;
- Conduct seasonal and climate predictions for the ASEAN region;
This website provides operational and regularly updated information and products on the weather and smoke haze situation in the ASEAN region. The target end users are the environment, forestry, meteorological and related agencies of ASEAN member countries. The individual ASEAN NMSs and the relevant national authorities shall remain the sole authorities for issuing hazardous weather and environmental conditions in their respective countries.
20 Years of Haze Monitoring in Southeast Asia