The tropics are warm and moist area near the Earth equator, bounded by the Tropic of Cancer in the north and Tropic of Capricorn to the south. The area was covered by three major seas, three continents, and a vast archipelago known as the Maritime Continent. The tropics receive more energy from the sun than any other part of the Earth. This tremendous amount of energy is the fuel for almost all global atmospheric and oceanic circulation. Many research has suggest that atmospheric condition of the tropics may affect weather and climate over the rest of the planet.
Maritime Continent is the only part of tropics that consists of an archipelago. Thousand of islands are spread out in an intricate layout between Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. The atmospheric condition over Maritime Continent was mainly driven by the Asian-Australian Monsoon. Precipitation over the Maritime Continent is highly influenced by the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). It also highly affected by the El-Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Indian Ocean Dipole Mode (IOD). The Maritime Continent also crossed by Indonesia Through-Flow (ITF), the only artery connecting Pacific and Indian Ocean. This complex mixture of land and sea, along with various atmospheric and oceanic phenomena within it, makes MC a unique, enigmatic and challenging area for scientific endeavor on tropical meteorology and atmospheric science.
Various observation campaign and coordinated research has been conducted to better understand the atmospheric and oceanic condition over the tropics, especially the Maritime Continent. Since the International Winter Monsoon Experiment in 1978, to TOGA COARE in 1993, to HARIMAU that end on 2010, and CINDY/DYNAMO in 2011, many scientific discoveries has been found to enrich the knowledge of atmospheric science on the tropics. The recent Year of Maritime Continent (YMC), aimed to improve understanding and prediction of Maritime Continent's local variability and global impact, was the state-of-the-art of such coordinated research on the tropics.
To share recent findings and knowledge on meteorology and atmospheric science of the tropics, especially over Maritime Continent, we proudly announced the International Conference on Tropical Meteorology and Atmospheric Science (ICTMAS) 2018. The conference is co-organized by Center for Atmospheric Science and Technology (Pusat Sains dan Teknologi Atmosfer - PSTA) of Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional - LAPAN) and Meteorology Department (Program Studi Meteorologi - ME) of Bandung Institute Technology (Institut Teknologi Bandung - ITB). ICTMAS 2018 is highly supported by Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education through Center of Excelent (Pusat Unggulan IPTEK - PUI) program. The conference also supported by Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency (Badan Meteorologi Klimatologi dan Geofisika - BMKG) and Agency For The Assessment and Application of Technology (Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi - BPPT). International supports to the conference are given by Japan Agency for Marine Science and Technology JAMSTEC, YMC, Kyoto Univ. Other institutions also contribute.
The aim of conference is to promote science and technological research on tropical meteorology and atmospheric science (TMAS), and share recent knowledge on the related fields. ICTMAS 2018 also aimed to strengthen international collaboration in research and education, especially on tropical meteorology and atmospheric science. It will also convey the spirit to foster a new generation of scientists in meteorology, atmospheric science, and all related discipline.
ICTMAS 2018 topics emphasize scientific research on tropical meteorology and chemistry, as well as technological advancement on atmospheric observation and modeling, and the application of those science and technology to humanity. The conference consist of 7 main topics, which are (1) Air-Sea Interaction; (2) Tropical Meteorology; (3) Atmospheric Science; (4) Environment and Atmospheric Chemistry; (5) Atmospheric Simulation and Modeling; (6) Atmospheric Observation Technology and Instrumentation, Database, and Data Assimilation System; and (7) Application of Atmospheric Science and Technology on Disaster, Maritime, and Climate Change. Any topics that do not comply with these 7 topics, but still related to meteorology and atmospheric science in general are welcomed.
The ICTMA 2018 will be held on the historical and prestige campus of Institut Teknologi Bandung. The venue is located in Bandung, a lively city on complex terrain on the central part of West Java. Famous for the location of Asian-African Conference back in 1955, Bandung was also nicknamed as "Parijs van Java" for its beautiful art-deco historical buildings and its passion for fashion and mode. The city also famous for food and tourism, make it a perfect place for conference, as well as sightseeing and pleasure.
We would like to invite you to attend the International Conference on Tropical Meteorology and Atmospheric Science (ICTMAS) 2018 to share your knowledge and expertise in the tropical meteorology and atmospheric science. We hope the conference could promote your research and extend your research network further. We also hope that you will enjoy the vibrant ambience and hospitality of our beloved city Bandung.
International Conference on Tropical Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
- Air-Sea Interaction
- Tropical Meteorology
- Atmospheric Sciences (Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Meteorology and Climatology, Atmosphere-Space Interaction)
- Atmospheric Environment and Chemistry
- Atmospheric Simulation and Modelling
- Technology and Instrumentation of Atmospheric Observations, Database, Data Assimilation System
- Application of Atmospheric Science and Technology in Disaster, Maritime, and Climate Change