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Government backs extreme weather research in Asia

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The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) have established joint programmes with several countries in Southeast Asia, to improve understanding of the impacts of extreme weather. The projects have received financial support from the UK government’s Newton Fund, which forms part of the UK's official development assistance commitment .

The funding will back of programme of work including:

  • A £467k project to strengthen agricultural drought resilience in Thailand
  • A £468k project investigating which areas of Malaysia are vulnerable to flooding, while also predicting the potential damage and destruction
  • A £383k project to develop a set of medium-term flood forecasting tools for urban areas of Java to improve the early warning of incoming events.

The projects form part of a wider initiative led by the NERC and ESRC to understand the impacts of hydrometerological hazards in Southeast Asia. In total 18 projects will be undertaken in partnership with Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Key areas of investigation include hydro-climate risks and water resources, with a focus on the issues of agriculture, natural capital, climate change impacts, climate models, drought, flooding and hydrology.

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