Sarawak to host AsiaFlux 2022 for the first time


Researchers can be seen working atop the Eddy-Covariance Flux Tower in Maludam National Park.

KUCHING (August 9): Sarawak will for the first time host AsiaFlux 2022, a conference for scientists to share advances and information on the greenhouse gas (GHG) cycle and issues related to environmental science from tropical peat.

The event’s organizing chair, Dr. Lulie Melling, said the international conference organized by the Malaysian Peat Society (MPS), in partnership with the Sarawak Tropical Peat Research Institute (TROPI) and the steering committee AsiaFlux Scientific, will be held at Tropi in Kota Samarahan from September 20th to 22nd.

“Prime Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg will be the guest of honor to officiate the event at the AsiaFlux Peat Gala Party on September 20,” she said.

She said it is a great honor for the state to be selected as the host of AsiaFlux and one of the reasons is that Tropi researchers have been able to successfully publish a good number of scientific publications in high-impact journals that have high citations.

“Tropi has done extensive research, particularly in relation to GHG fluxes and the responsible management and conservation of tropical peat and peatlands,” she added.

Lulie, director of Tropi, said around 500 delegates from more than 20 countries will attend the three-day conference.

Under the theme “The nexus between land use change, ecosystems and climate: a pathway towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, the conference provides an ideal platform for researchers, academics, industry professionals and policy makers to come together, share information and discuss current trends. on the theme of the greenhouse gas cycle, among others.

“International speakers and industry experts from Germany, Hong Kong, Estonia, Japan, USA and of course Malaysia will deliver their presentations and deliberate with participants on six useful sub-themes “, she said.

She also pointed out that in addition to the conference, there will also be a free training course on September 18-19 focusing on GHG flux measurement theory and the application of tools to perform flux measurements. of Foucault, including analysis and data processing.

“Delegates will also have the opportunity to experience the peat swamp rainforests of Maludam National Park, which includes the Eddy-Covariance Stream Tower site in our post-event excursion program on September 22-23.

“The field trip provides delegates with an ideal opportunity to unleash their inner adventurer to explore the beautiful sights and sounds, especially the natural wonders of Sarawak and, by extension, Borneo,” she added.


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