Understanding of the Impacts of Hydrometeorological Hazards in South East Asia

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Hydrometeorological hazards, including floods, droughts, landslides and storm surges, can pose a direct threat to lives and impact livelihoods by damaging and destroying transport links, power supplies, businesses and agricultural land. Climate change, population growth, land-use change and urbanisation are increasing the number of people in South East Asia at risk from these hazards.

To increase resilience to hydrometeorological hazards, better understanding of the likely impacts is needed to enable appropriate adaptation and mitigation measures, such as new flood defences or the restoration of natural defences like mangroves, to be developed and implemented. This programme aims to improve understanding of the impacts of hydrometeorological hazards in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. This programme is supported by NERC and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Newton Fund, which forms part of the UK government's Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Announcement of Opportunity: Understanding of the Impacts of Hydrometeorological Hazards in South East Asia

Closing date: 4 Dec
2017

9 Oct 2017

Proposals are invited to five research programmes to improve understanding of the impacts of hydrometeorological hazards, such as floods, droughts, landslides and storm surges, in Indonesia, Philippines, Viet Nam, Malaysia and Thailand.


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Hydrometeorological hazards, including floods, droughts, landslides and storm surges, can pose a direct threat to lives and impact livelihoods by damaging and destroying transport links, power supplies, businesses and agricultural land. Climate change, population growth, land-use change and urbanisation are increasing the number of people in South East Asia at risk from these hazards.

To increase resilience to hydrometeorological hazards, better understanding of the likely impacts is needed to enable appropriate adaptation and mitigation measures, such as new flood defences or the restoration of natural defences like mangroves, to be developed and implemented. This programme aims to improve understanding of the impacts of hydrometeorological hazards in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. This programme is supported by NERC and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Newton Fund, which forms part of the UK government's Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Five parallel programmes are being developed with the following countries:

  • Indonesia - The Ministry of Research, Technology & Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia (Ristekdikti)
  • Philippines - The Department of Science & Technology's Philippine Council for Industry, Energy & Emerging Technology Research & Development (DOST- PCIEERD)
  • Vietnam - National Foundation for Science & Technology (NAFOSTED)
  • Malaysia - Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE)
  • Thailand - Thailand Research Fund (TRF)

In each programme the focus is on identifying, characterising and predicting the variables that influence the occurrence, impact, severity and duration of hydrometeorological hazards in South East Asia to enable increased preparedness and resilience to future events.

Timing

2018-2021

Can I apply for a grant?

Yes, five announcements of opportunity have been published. The closing date for Notification of Intent is 4 December 2017, with a Full Proposals closing date of 21 February 2018.

Please note, only applicants who have submitted a Notification of Intent will be eligible to submit a Full Proposal.

Budget

NERC and ESRC will provide up to £1·5 million per country for projects based in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand at 80% full economic cost to eligible UK-based researchers. NERC will provide up to £1·5 million for projects based in the Philippines at 80% full economic cost to eligible UK-based researchers. Matched funding in terms of research effort will be provided by partner funding agencies in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines to eligible South East Asian researchers.

The following documents and links are related to or give more information about this programme.

How to find a collaborator (PDF, 265KB)

Understanding of the Impacts of Hydrometeorological Hazards in South East Asia - Networking workshop
10-11 October 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia

This workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Research, Technology & Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia (Ristekdikti).

It was a two day meeting with two principal aims:

  1. To launch the five Understanding of the Impacts of Hydrometeorological Hazards in South East Asia programme interdisciplinary calls and present an overview of the call aims and objectives.
  2. To facilitate links between the UK and Southeast Asian research communities in the area of hydrometeorological hazards by providing an opportunity for researchers to network and begin to develop ideas to address the aims of the call.

The following presentations were given at the meeting and can be downloaded below:

Introduction to the Newton Fund (PDF, 2.3MB)

Welcome address presentation (PDF, 1.4MB)

Programme overview and application process presentation (PDF, 952KB)

Funder presentation - Indonesia (PDF, 1.5MB)

Funder presentation - Philippines (PDF, 8.7MB)

Funder presentation - Viet Nam (PDF, 1.1MB)

Funder presentation - Malaysia (PDF, 5.1MB)

Funder presentation - Thailand (PDF, 1MB)

Funder presentation - NERC and ESRC (PDF, 1.2MB)

Networking workshop programme book (PDF, 1.3MB)

Networking workshop report (PDF, 671KB)