Incheon National University holds the 2nd UNDP Asia Air Quality Management Program Workshop

Incheon National University (Director: Professor Heekwan Lee, Department of Environmental Engineering) conducted a 2-day workshop in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand on the Jan 11th - 12th in collaboration with Thailand Network Center on Air Quality Management (TAQM). This workshop was part of the 2nd UNDP Asian Air Quality Management Program (AAQMaP)

Incheon Innovation Cluster for Environmental Technology is operating the 1st stage AAQMaP program as part of the UNDP A-P (United Nations Development Program Asia and the Pacific) and the Korean Ministry of Environment's CABSA (Clean Air for Blue Sky Asia) project for three years starting in 2022 and is operating the 1st stage AAQMaP program in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos is the study area.

According to the first workshop last year, Korean research teams and researchers from 3 participating countries participated this second workshop to share the results of ongoing research project and discuss for further collaboration. In order to the further research project, the researcher from Vietnam, Indonesia, and Mongolia were invited to join the workshop.

The main objective of this project includes collecting and analyzing data related to air quality management in cooperation with air environment-related ministries of the three participating countries and seeking ways to share and utilize the experience on Korean air quality management.

The Innovation Cluster for Environmental Technology, Incheon National University, as the lead research institution, is conducting collaborative research with research teams from participating countries. In addition, they are building a modeling system for regional air quality modeling, including the three countries mentioned, and conducting pilot modeling studies. Furthermore, the institution is exploring ways to establish a system for sharing the data collected and produced through this research project.

In this workshop, the data produced by the Geostationary Environmental Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) which operated by the Ministry of Environment and the National Institute of Environmental Research were utilized for conducting air quality analysis within the study area. This approach is expected to significantly contribute not only to alleviating spatial constraints in developing Asian countries with insufficient or nonexistent ground-level air quality monitoring networks.