ASMC Attachment Programme, March – April 2023
The first run of the ASMC Attachment Programme kicked off in in March 2023. Two officers from the Mekong sub-region, Ms Khaing Yi Mon Lin from Myanmar and Mr Pankham Soundala from Lao PDR were attached to the ASMC Operations Centre for a 6-to-8-week period during the northern ASEAN dry season. Together with ASMC staff, they were involved in the preparation of the daily weather and haze assessment and outlook for the ASEAN region, and familiarised with the regional weather, satellite data and numerical weather prediction tools. During their attachment, they also conducted a data analysis study on the hotspots and haze conditions in their home country and performed real-time analysis of the evolving haze situation in the Mekong sub-region. Using ASMC hotspot and haze coverage geospatial data, they assessed the siting of air quality monitoring stations, and conducted a comparison of hotspot persistency with their national land coverage information.
Figure 1: (left) Attachment programme participants taking part in the daily discussion on the regional weather and haze situation. (right) A familiarisation with ASMC’s satellite reception facilities.