YMC-BSM (Boreal Summer Monsoon study in) 2018 – one of the YMC’s Intensive Observation Periods – has been started since July 1, 2018. It will continue until the end of August, and various observations such as radiosonde atmospheric sounding and weather radar rainfall measurement will be conducted at Laoag (Philippines), Aimeliik (Palau), Kototabang (Indonesia), Hanoi and Ho Chi Ming (Vietnam). In addition, three unmanned surface vehicles have been launched from Palau to study air-sea interaction in the Philippine Sea.
This campaign is conducted based on the collaboration with the local MC agencies, institutes, and universities including PAGASA, University of the Philippines (Philippines), Koror Weather Service Office (Palau), LAPAN (Indonesia), and National Hydro-Meteorological Service (Vietnam).
Since JAMSTEC colleagues visit those countries in a short period (because most observation will be done by the local collaborators), this blog may not cover successive topics from any specific site. Rather, it will be a collection of reports from various sites (and sometimes it may contain the report after he/she returns to Japan).