Bachok Research Station: Opportunities for Atmospheric Measurements
University of Malaya Research Station at Bachok: A NERC International Opportunity Fund Project
The recently constructed Backok Research Station is located on the east coast of Malaysia, within 100 m of the waters' edge of the South China Sea. This facility is part of the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES) at the University of Malaya (UM).
As part of the research station, an atmospheric observation tower has been built on the windward side of the main building, for the specific purpose of studying long range transported pollution, air sea exchange, and coastal meteorology. Various NCAS partners are joining forces with IOES to assist with the development of measurement capabilities at Bachok via an NERC International Opportunities Fund award to the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia.
NCAS and the UM have entered in to a Memorandum of Understanding for this purpose. It is hoped that Bachok will ultimately achieve WMO GAW status as a regional observing station, while NCAS hope to establish an enduring scientific collaboration with UM for measurements at the Bachok observatory.
Joint collaborative work between NCAS and the UM begins in January 2104 with a "demonstration activity": a three week period of joint measurements using NCAS and UM atmospheric chemistry instruments (see campaign details here).
Overall objective of the observatory
To improve the UK capability to observe atmospheric changes in SE Asia through scientific collaborations with Malaysia, Taiwan & Australia.
• install instruments and programmes with the aim of joining the WMO GAW Programme;
• demonstrate the potential of the new Bachok station in an intensive one month's demonstration activity;
• maintain an ongoing observational programme including rigorous QA/QC procedures;
• create a network of scientists to jointly interpret measurements from stations in the region.
Winter: Northeast Monsoon with flow from Siberian High over SE Asia
Summer: Southwest Monsoon with flow from Australia and sometimes the Bay of Bengal
This three week activity aims to bring UK and Malaysian atmospheric research scientists together, to share expertise, compare measurements, and make the first steps towards establishing this new atmospheric chemistry observing platform as a joint UK-Malaysian venture.
This time of year is the end of the winter monsoon. Expect relatively clean air transported from SE Asia across the South China Sea on strong northerlies/northeasterlies, potentially with long range transported pollutants. It should be drier than in the height of the monsoon (Nov-Dec) but expect high humidity and frequent heavy rain.