Background
Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social and Ecosystem Impact (SEAGOOS-MOMSEI) launched in early 2009, this project aims to improve the understanding and forecasting of Asia monsoon and its multi-scale variability at a regional scale through developing and carrying out air-sea observations over the Andaman Sea and analyzing the preconditioning role of ocean in the monsoon onset. The project could generate considerable social impact in the region since Monsoon brings rainfall for the wider Southeast Asian Basin and its neighboring countries. It could also cause floods/droughts if the monsoon deviates from its normal pattern, thus finally resulting in the disruption of agricultural production, even displacement of inhabitants. Furthermore, this pilot project will also demonstrate the value of ocean observations for the ecosystem conservation by analyzing the possible link between the anomalous monsoon behavior and coral reef bleaching in the Andaman Sea.


Objectives
The overall objective of MOMSEI aims to improve, from air-sea interaction’s point of view, the understanding and forecasting of Asia monsoon and its multi-scale variability at a regional scale through developing and carrying out air-sea observations over the Andaman Sea and analyzing the preconditioning role of ocean in the monsoon onset. The project is expected to generate considerable social impact in the region since Monsoon brings rainfall for the wider Southeast Asian Basin and its neighboring countries. When monsoon deviates from its normal pattern, It could also cause floods/droughts, thus finally resulting in the disruption of agricultural production, even displacement of inhabitants. Furthermore, this pilot project will also demonstrate the value of ocean observations for the ecosystem conservation by analyzing the possible link between the anomalous monsoon behavior and coral reef bleaching in the Andaman Sea.

Project Steering Group
Leader: Dr. Weidong Yu, First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China

Steering Group:
Dr. Somkiat Khokiattiwong, Phuket Marine Biological Center, Thailand
Dr. Budi Sulistyo, Agency of Marine and Fishery Research, Indonesia
Dr. Rameyo Adi, Agency of Marine and Fishery Research, Indonesia
Dr. Fredolin Tangang, Univ. Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr. Tim Li, Univ. Hawaii, USA

Terms of Reference of the Project Steering Group 
(1) To guide the scientific direction of the MOMSEI development
(2) To promote and coordinate the MOMSEI implementation
(3) To assess the project progress

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