International Monsoon Study begins


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The familiar Indian monsoon is a summer phenomenon which brings nearly 100% of India's rainfall during the months of June, July, and August. Less well known is the winter monsoon which, from December through February, brings 75% of the rainfall to the Malay peninsula along the South China Sea and to the Indonesian Islands - a region sometimes called the ‘Maritime Continent.’

‘Both the summer and winter monsoons are crucial in providing moisture for agriculture in these heavily populated regions of the world, yet we really understand very little about how these monsoon systems operate,’ says Joachim Kuettner. Kuettner, as the director of the United States Monsoon Experiment (Monex) Project Office, has been helping to develop plans for a major field experiment designed to understand and ultimately to predict the monsoons and their rainfall.