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JGSEE Hands Over a Prototype of Smoke-Haze Forecast System to Pollution Control Department

On February 10, 2009 at the Headquarters of the Pollution Control Department (PCD), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bundit Fungtammasan, the Director of JGSEE, officially handed over a prototype of smoke-haze forecast modeling system for Upper Northern Thailand to the PCD. The hand-over ceremony was presided over by Mr. Upai Wayupat, a Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, on behalf of the PCD. In this occasion, Dr. Bundit Fungtammasan was accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sirintornthep Towprayoon, the Deputy Director, Asst. Prof. Dr. Savitri Garivait, Acting Chair of Environment Division, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Kasemsan Manomaiphiboon, who is the developer of the prototype. The forecasting system was developed with funding from the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) and the cooperation of PCD. The primary purpose of transferring it to the PCD is two fold: firstly to enhance the capacity and technical expertise of the PCD in air quality management with emphasis on smoke haze pollution due to fires; and secondly, to use the system for actual forecast after certain adjustments or refinements as part of their operation practice.

In fact, the prototype was employed in an experimental smoke-haze forecast operation during March-April 2007 for Upper Northern Thailand and the results were broadcast to the pubic at the website of the Bureau of Air Quality and Noise Management under the PCD. Essentially the prototype is capable of predicting, 1-3 days in advance, how smoke haze due to forest fires and open burning is going to be elevated and dispersed.  This information is useful to the public for the prevention of road and air transport hazards, as well creating public awareness on the hazard of forest fires and biomass open burning.

On the same occasion Dr. Bundit also gave a speech to the audience and the press highlighting the importance of preparing human and technical resources at JGSEE to support research in atmospheric science and modeling.

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