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​Was the 2015 haze event in Singapore predictable?

Published on: 26-Jul-2019

Event Type: Seminar
Event Date: 26 July 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: ASE 3D Viz Laboratory Room (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Yudha Setiawan Djamil


About the speaker:

Yudha Setiawan Djamil received his BSc in Meteorology from the School of Geophysics and Meteorology, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia. Recently, he has defended his PhD thesis focusing on paleoclimate modelling under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Wang Xianfeng at the Asian School of the Environment (ASE), NTU, Singapore. His research interest is mainly in the climate and weather over the Maritime Continent at various spatio-temporal scales. In 2016, he received Dr. Stephen Riady Geoscience Scholars Fund to conduct research on the 2015 haze event in Singapore in relationship to the large-scale atmospheric phenomena.  


About the event:

The transboundary haze over Singapore and the Malay Peninsula during September-October 2015 degraded air quality in the region to the worst level. The haze emissions from forest and peatland fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were transported to the surrounding regions by the low-level wind. During that period, the commonly-used measure of air quality in Singapore, the Pollutant Standard Index (PSI), varied on intra-seasonal time scales. Low-level wind of tropical weather on intra-seasonal time scales is known to be governed by the equatorial waves.

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