Monday, June 20, 2016

The Star: Rainy spell will move east

The Star, 20 June 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The excessive rainfall in recent days, especially in the Klang Valley, is due to the impact of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) phenomenon, says an expert.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Climatology and Oceanography specialist Prof Dr Fredolin Tangang said the country was currently in the midst of the South-west monsoon season, and the weather should be hot and dry.
“MJO occurs as a result of the interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere, causing large-scale convection in the western part of the Indian Ocean,” he added when asked to comment on the massive rainfall occurring in the Klang Valley in the late afternoons.
The US-based Climate Prediction Centre revealed in a report that the MJO phenomenon would occur in the Indian Ocean with a large-scale increase in atmospheric convection in the first week of this month.

“However, this situation will only last for another one to two weeks, when the phenomenon moves more towards the east,” Dr Fredolin said. — Bernama

The Star: Another earthquake could strike Sabah

The Star, 17 June 2016

PETALING JAYA: Another magnitude 6.0 earthquake could jolt Ranau, Sabah, in the next two or three decades.
Revealing this, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau said the assessment was based on “past records”.
“Earthquakes are unpredictable but using past records, we can provide a return period of the same magnitude earthquake at the previous location,” he told The Star. In 1976, an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred in Lahad Datu.
On June 5 last year, Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding districts were jolted by a series of earthquakes, with the first measuring 6.0. The incident killed 18 climbers, including four mountain guides.
Madius said the Mensaban and the Lobou-Lobou Fault Zones in Kundasang-Ranau and Lahad Datu-Tawau Fault Zones were active and earthquakes in these areas “have caused and will continue to cause” damage to the infrastructure there.
He said further studies were needed to monitor and gauge the movement of unknown active faults to see whether a bigger earthquake would occur in the future. A Seismic, Tsunami Hazard and Risk study by the Meteorological Department categorised Malaysia as a country with relatively low seismicity, except for Sabah where earthquakes of local origin are known to occur.
But bordered by Indonesia and the Philippines, two of the most seismically active countries in the region, Malaysia faces a certain degree of earthquake risk.
“Comparatively, Sabah has a higher risk compared to Sarawak and the peninsula,” said Madius, a Sabahan who is the MP for Tuaran.
Universiti Malaya Geology Department Associate Prof Mustaffa Kamal Shuib said although Malaysia is located outside the Pacific Ring of Fire, it is still being pushed by the various plates.
“The Sunda land is being pushed towards the north-east by the Indian Australian plate.
“We are being pushed west by the Pacific and the Philippines plate. We are also being pushed downwards towards the south by the Eurasian plate,” he added.
“We are being compressed all over and absorbing all the stress due to the interaction of plates.
“One way to release the stress is to break along fault lines. When that happens, you get these tremors in the peninsula,” he said.

Original Source: The Star

Monday, June 09, 2014

JSPS Ronpaku PhD program Opportunity

Dear Colleagues,

Good Morning!

If you know of any researcher (age < 45) who would be interested and qualified for a JSPS Ronpaku PhD program, please encourage them to contact me. The full information about the program is in the link below, but a short summary is provided below for convenience.
One of the nice things about the program is that the candidate can continue working at their home country while working towards the PhD. The fellowship supports short annual visits to Japan for the candidate, and for the PhD supervisor to visit the fellow's country.
The aim of JSPS RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program is to provide tutorial and financial support for promising researchers in Asia and Africa who wish to obtain their Ph.D. degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course. This program is implemented in cooperation with JSPS's overseas nominating organizations in Asia and Africa.
1. less than 45 years as of Apr 1, 2015
2. Should not have a PhD
3. Should be full-time employed at Research Institute or University in home country
4. Should be actively involved in research and has substantial research results.

Deadline for contacting me: July 15, 2014
Further information is at

Dr. Saji
ARC-ENV, Center for Advanced Information Science and Technology,
University of Aizu, Tsuruga, Ikki-machi,
Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima 965-8580,
Email: saji [at]

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Fwd: [ocean-color] Second IOCCG Summer Lecture Series

Second IOCCG Summer Lecture Series

Applications are now open for the Second IOCCG Summer Lecture Series, which will take place in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France from 21 July to 2 August 2014. This course is dedicated to high-level training in the fundamentals of ocean optics, bio-optics and ocean colour remote sensing. A number of distinguished scientists have been invited to provide lectures on cutting edge research, focusing on current critical issues in ocean colour science. Students will be given ample opportunity to meet with the lecturers for in-depth discussions on various pre-selected topics, as well as their own scientific research. As was done for the past Summer Lecture Series, all the lectures will be video recorded and made available online. These recorded lectures are a valuable training resource and have been downloaded by students from around the world.  see:

Further information about the training course, as well as the application forms, can be found at: 

The deadline for applications is 14 March 2014.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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Monsoon driven Upwelling at Northern Malacca Straits, along 5-7 N (Western side of Penang to Langkawi) causing the enrichment of surface water at the Northern Malacca Straits and Southern Andaman Sea on December 2013

Regards from the Ocean Biology Processing Group

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Upwelling at Northern Malacca Straits (Near Andaman Sea) causing the increase of chlorophyll a in the MODIS Aqua satellite image.

There is a color bar legend on the Ocean Color Home Page if you chose not to
have the color bar appended to the image:

Regards from the Ocean Biology Processing Group

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Phytoplankton Bloom at Northern Borneo

The attached MODIS-Aqua image(s) were generated by the automated Ocean-Color Data
Processing System (ODPS).  

There is a color bar legend on the Ocean Color Home Page if you chose not to
have the color bar appended to the image:

Regards from the Ocean Biology Processing Group

Monday, August 05, 2013

Fwd: [ocean-color] HICO data availability update

Following on our recent announcement regarding the availability of
data from HICO (Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean), we are
pleased to announce that at this, time, all HICO data that have been
provided to us from 15 October 2009 through the present have been
processed and are available for browse and download on our
multi-mission Level-1/2 web browser at:
Attached is a coverage map showing where HICO data have been collected
during the mission to date.  Please read the earlier announcement
regarding data access here:

Best Regards,

CK Tan

Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Ocean Color Remote Sensing Portal for Southeast Asian Region

New ocean color remote sensing portal has been prepared by Marufish to disseminate the latest ocean color remote sensing development in the Southeast Asia region. This effort is aimed to promote stronger collaboration among the ocean remote sensing researchers in the region as well as to encourage more young scientist to involve in this unique technology for monitoring the ocean health status.

If you have any publication on the ocean remote sensing that related to the Southeast Asia region, you are welcome to submit your publication information to the Ocean Color Remote Sensing Portal for sharing with others.

For more details, kindly access to

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