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.

Objectives

The objectives of SEA START RC include:

1. to develop integrated scientific and socio-economic approaches to reduce uncertainties of forecasting and assessing impacts of environmental change for the Southeast Asia region;

2. to provide recommendations and expert advice to governments and the private sectors to cope with long-term environmental changes;

3. to encourage and support the sharing and exchange of environmental data and information within and between regions; and

4. to promote public awareness on global environmental issues.

Partners
partner Image International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
URL: http://www.igbp.net/
The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) is a research programme that studies the phenomenon of Global Change.
   
partner Image United Nations Environment Programme
URL: http://www.unep.org/
Mission: To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
   
partner Image International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)
URL: http://www.ihdp.unu.edu
The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) is an international, interdisciplinary science programme, dedicated to promoting, catalysing and coordinating research, capacity-development and networking on the human dimensions of global environmental change. more ...
   
partner Image World Climate Research Programme
URL: http://wcrp.wmo.int/
WCRP improves climate predictions and our understanding of human influence on climate through observations and modelling of the Earth system to provide the science basis for decision making and adaptation planning.
   
partner Image The Global Environment Facility (GEF)
URL: http://gefweb.org/
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a global partnership among 178 countries, international institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. more ...
   
partner Image Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
URL: http://www.apn.gr.jp/en/indexe.html
The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) is an inter-governmental network for the promotion of global change research and links between science and policy making in the Asia-Pacific Region.
   
partner Image GEF IW:LEARN
URL: http://www.iwlearn.org
IW:LEARN is the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network.
Staff

Assistant Professor Dr. Penjai Sompongchaiyakul

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Role: Director
Expertise: Climate Change, Marine and Coastal Science, Marine Biochemistry

Associate Professor Dr. Jariya Boonjawat

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Role: Project Manager
Expertise: Atmospheric Science

Suppakorn Chinvanno

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Role: Program Manager
Expertise: Climate change impact, social risk - vulnerability - adaptation, Resilience

Dr. Richard Cooper

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Role: Project Manager
Expertise: Environmental Specialist

Jariya Thitiwate

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Role: Project Manager
Expertise: Environmental Science

Kulphitar Phruksawan

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Role: Project Staff
Expertise: GIS

Suratta Bunsomboonsakul

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Role: Project Staff
Expertise: Marine & Coastal Science

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Viyada Karnjanajuta

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CONSULTANT

Assistant Professor Dr. Anond Snidvongs

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Role: GISTDA Executive Director, SEA START RC Former Director
Expertise: Climate Change, Marine and Coastal Science