ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) Information Portal is one of the important web portal that providing up-to-date transboundary haze episode for the Southeast Asian region. It is previously held by Meteorological Service Singapore at http://wip.weather.gov.sg/wip/web/ASMC/home. From 31 July onwards, the newly revamped ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) Information Portal is located at http://asmc.asean.org/
Compared to the old website, new ASMC portal is much user friendly and providing more information using state-of-art WebGIS technology. Once visitor entered its homepage, you will be able to find the latest Regional Haze Situation in the ASEAN region. The latest haze episode information will be updating daily at late afternoon.
On top of the general information about haze situation, it also provides Early Warning on haze situation. On 18 August 2015, ASMC increased the Sumatra and Kalimantan haze situation from Level 1 to Level 2, the detail message shown below:
“Drier weather conditions over the region in the past few days have led to an escalation in the number of hotspots in Jambi and South Sumatra, as well as in West and Central Kalimantan. 42(116) and 242(146) hotspots were detected in Sumatra and Kalimantan on 18(17) August. Smoke plumes and moderate haze were visible from some of the hotspots.
Dry weather conditions are likely to persist in Sumatra and Kalimantan. Under the prevailing southeasterly or southwesterly wind conditions, transboundary smoke haze is likely to affect other parts of the region should the hotspot activities continue to persist.”
ASMC also provide detail historical haze and hot spot data from 2006 – 2015 which is very useful for the public to know the changing haze episode in the ASEAN region. With the quantitative data provided, it is very helpful for researchers to conduct analysis using the information provided. For instance, the latest fire hotspot count data of Malaysia and Indonesia in July 2015 shows four-fold of increment compare to June 2015.
With the WebGIS technology provided on the portal, it is easier for the user to overlay different information, such as fire hotspots, wind data, weather, peatland etc. to conduct detail study on the haze situation.
For further details, kindly visit http://asmc.asean.org/home/ to get the latest update on the haze situation in the Southeast Asia region.