Almost all aspects of societal and economic activities in the Monsoon Asia region are critically dependent on the monsoon circulation system. It has direct impacts on water resources and air quality, and indirectly affects agriculture, industry, health, urban life and ecosystem services. However, intensive and large-scale human activities may begin to change the monsoon system in Asia.
Already this year the monsoon system has brought unusually heavy rains to some regions, resulting in extensive and expensive floods. In other places, such as in southwest China, very late rains made harvesting of crops impossible, while the Chinese province of Sichuan experienced its worst drought in 50 years and Chongqing its worst in around a century. According to a recent study by China Agriculture University, water shortages are considered a growing concern to China as it copes with the challenge of feeding a population that is expected to peak at 1.6 billion by 2030. MAIRS addresses the interaction between humans and the environment in Monsoon Asia in order to support strategies for sustainable development. Key research questions include:
The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology sponsor MAIRS.
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