More than 3 billion people in Asia rely on monsoon precipitation for water, and changes in this precipitation influence agriculture, economic activity, and public health. Given trends of population growth, rapid industrialization, and urbanization, it is important for scientists in the Asia-Pacific region to both stay abreast of advances in monsoon science and develop collaborations to understand and predict the variability of monsoons.
Twenty early-career meteorologists from across the Asia-Pacific region and North America met 2–11 January 2008 to attend a series of lectures on the Asian monsoon and to explore possibilities for collaboration. The participants were selected from more than 70 applicants from universities, government labs, and meteorological forecast centers in more than 10 countries. Invited faculty from China, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States gave the lectures, with the largest group of lecturers coming from the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) of the University of Hawai'i. The meeting was held at the East-West Center, adjacent to the campus of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.