Hydro-climatic extremes in Southeast Asia under SRM

Project summary

Dr Kuswanto and his team are researching the potential impacts of SRM on the climate in Southeast Asia. The project builds on the pioneering SRM research conducted by the team since 2018 on extreme temperature and precipitation over Indonesia. Their goal is now to understand how SRM could influence rainfall and temperature extremes as well as floods and droughts in the river basins of Bengawan Solo in Indonesia, Kelantan in Malaysia, and Vu Gia-Thu Bon in Vietnam. The project is hosted at the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Surabaya, Indonesia, and features collaborations with researchers from Universiti Sains Malaysia and Nong Lam University in Vietnam.
Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) showing part of the Sumatra (left) and Java (right) islands in western Indonesia. Both islands are separated by the Sunda Strait, which joins the Java Sea (top) with the Indian Ocean (bottom). Photo: ESA

The team


Dr Heri Kuswanto (PI)

Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

Dr Heri Kuswanto is an Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics of the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) Indonesia. He is currently also the Coordinator of the Climate Change Group at the Center for Earth, Disaster and Climate Change at ITS. Dr Kuswanto holds a PhD in Statistics from the Leibniz Hannover University, Germany, majoring on time series forecasting. In 2010, he worked for a year as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Laval University in Canada, focusing on the topic of ensemble forecast. His current research is focused more on extreme weather and climate events. He has a lot of experience in working with ensemble model outputs and statistical downscaling methods. Dr Kuswanto is also an expert on computational statistics and machine learning. He has been a speaker at many climate change related seminars and forums in Indonesia, and has been involved as an expert in several climate-change-related projects coordinated by the Meteorological Office Indonesia. Moreover, he has been the Principal Investigator for several projects such as the Development of Drought Monitoring and Forecasting System in Indonesia based on a calibrated North America Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) and funded by NSF USAID through the PEER Research grant, as well as other projects funded by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education Indonesia.
Malaysia - Mou Leon Tan

Dr Mou Leong Tan (Co-PI)

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Dr Mou Leong Tan is Senior Lecturer at the GeoInformatic Unit of the Geography Section, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is also the Vice-President of Water Watch Penang, an NGO that aims to create a water-saving society in Malaysia. Dr Mou Leong Tan received his PhD in remote sensing from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2016, focusing on hydro-climatic modeling. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at National University of Singapore and a visiting scholar fellowship at Fudan University, China. He served as the Principal Investigator for numerous international and national grants such as “IMpacts of PRecipitation from Extreme StormS, Malaysia (IMPRESS)” under the NEWTON-NERC fund and “Impacts of weather and climate extremes under global warming of 1.5°C and 2.0°C on water balance in the Kelantan and Muda River Basins” funded by the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia. He currently serves as Academic Editor of Plos One, on the editorial board of HydroResearch and Geografi, and as a guest editor for special issues that were published in Water and Advances in Meteorology.

Dr Hong Do

Nong Lam University - Ho Chi Minh City

Hong Xuan Do is Lecturer in Environment and Natural Resources at Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Hong’s research explores how hydro-climatic extremes have changed and what the driving factors of these changes are from the regional (e.g., the Indochina Peninsula) to the global scale. Using a combination of observations, model simulations, and remote sensing data products, Hong has published several high impact papers on three main themes: improving the understanding of changes in hydroclimatic extremes and the underlying mechanisms, improving the accessibility of streamflow observations for hydrological research, and evaluating the performance of hydrological models using large-sample of streamflow observations.

Fatkhurokhman Fauzi

Muhammadiyah University Semarang

Fatkhurokhman Fauzi just graduated from the Master’s program in Statistics of ITS, Surabaya, Indonesia. He has been working as a research assistant of Dr Kuswanto, working on several projects related to weather and climate projections. His thesis was focused on bias correction and statistical downscaling of ESM outputs for climate projections in Indonesia. He is now a young lecturer in the Department of Statistics at Muhammadiyah University Semarang.

Brina Miftahurrohmah

Universitas Internasional Semen Indonesia

Brina Miftahurrohmah graduated in Statistics majoring on computational statistics from the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember. She has been working at the Department of Information Systems at Universitas Internasional Semen Indonesia (UISI) as a lecturer and researcher since February 2018. Her current research is focused on computational statistics and machine learning. She has been involved in several projects related to climate and weather issues, and she is an expert in computational modelling. She also has very good analytical skill.

Doni Setio Pambudi

Universitas Internasional Semen Indonesia

Doni Setio Pambudi is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Informatics Department of Universitas Internasional Semen Indonesia (UISI). He is also the Head of the Information and Communication section at the same university. He holds a bachelor and a master’s degree from the Informatics Department at ITS. His current research is focused on computer vision, robotics, and artificial intelligence. He has a lot of experience in building from models and analysis for computer software or information system.

Dr Ardhasena Sopaheluwakan

Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics

Dr Ardhasea works at the Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics (BMKG) in Jakarta. He is an applied mathematician, modeling and simulations specialist. His current main interest is in climate analysis and modeling. He is also responsible for climate analysis and the provision of seasonal forecasts at BMKG, including quality control of long-term historical data, trends and indices analyses.