MAIRS — Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study
MAIRS is a regional consortium for the integrated study of earth system processes in the Asia Monsoon Region.The region of Monsoon Asia covers South, Southeast and East Asia. It is a region where the major features of landscape, such as vegetation, soil and water system developed in a monsoon climate. Monsoon rainfall is the main water resource of the region. However, the high variability of monsoon climate causes a high frequency of climate related disasters, such as floods, drought and heat waves which often bring about great damage to the region. At the same time, Monsoon Asia is a region with very active development and the highest population density in the world.
The vision of MAIRS is to significantly advance understanding of the interactions between the human-natural components of the overall environment in the monsoon Asian region and implication of global earth system, in order to support the strategies for sustainable development.