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Southeast Asia START Regional Center

About SEA START RC

The Southeast Asia START Regional Center is the regional research node of the Southeast Asia Regional Committee for START (SARCS). Southeast Asia is one of the eight existing regions of the Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START) network, jointly initiated by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), International Human Dimension Programme (IHDP), and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

START is a global network that supports multidisciplinary research on the interactions between humans and the environment. Other START regional networks represent Pan-Africa, South Asia, Temperate East Asia, Mediterranean, and Oceania.

SEA START RC was established in 1996 under a Memorandum Of Understanding between Chulalongkorn University (CU), National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), and International START. The center is located on Chulalongkorn Campus in Bangkok, Thailand.

Research and capacity building activities

Research and capacity building activities at SEA START RC include:

  • Climate change scenarios in Southeast Asia;
  • Climate change impacts in Southeast Asia;
  • Climate change vulnerability and adaptation on various systems and sectors;
  • Atmospheric research;
  • Marine and coastal management studies; and
  • Environmental data and information services.

View SEA START RC's projects and activities.

GEF IW:LEARN

IW:LEARN is the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network.

Celebrating nearly 20 years of international research and capacity building

It's nearly 20 years since SEA START RC was established as a joint center of international research and capacity building within Chulalongkorn University.

Cimate change impact, vulnerability and adaptation

Southeast START Regional Center has been conducting the study in Southeast Asia region on climate change impact, vulnerability and adaptation since 1997 with main objectives to get basic understanding on climate change at the regional scale and also to develop research capacity as well as research network in the region to study climate change impact, vulnerability and adaptation. In addition, the goal of the climate change study at SEA START RC is also to develop, modify and test various tools and methodologies for the study in this subject.

Coastal Cities at Risk

Coastal Cities@Risk (CCaR): Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities
The overall objective of the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR): Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities Program is to develop the knowledge base and enhance the capacity of mega-cities to successfully adapt to and when necessary cope with risks posed by the effects of climate change, including sea level rise, in the context of urban growth and development.

New APN project launched

Climate change risk assessment and adaptation for loss and damage of urban transportation infrastructure (UTI) in Southeast Asia

The project aims to enhance climate change adaptive capacity through cooperative research on assessing loss and damage for UTI, including development of practical guidelines for implementing adaptation measures and strategies in Southeast Asia coastal cities. Findings from CC risk assessments will help decision makers translate CC adaptation into more resilient UTI management. Countries involved: Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia

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