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Southeast Asia START Regional Center


The Southeast Asia START Regional Center is the regional research node of the Southeast Asia Regional Committee for START (SARCS). Southeast Asia is one of the eight existing regions of the Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START) network, jointly initiated by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), International Human Dimension Programme (IHDP), and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

START is a global network that supports multidisciplinary research on the interactions between humans and the environment. Other START regional networks represent Pan-Africa, South Asia, Temperate East Asia, Mediterranean, and Oceania.

SEA START RC was established in 1996 under a Memorandum Of Understanding between Chulalongkorn University (CU), National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), and International START. The center is located on Chulalongkorn Campus in Bangkok, Thailand.

Research and capacity building activities

Research and capacity building activities at SEA START RC include:

  • Climate change scenarios in Southeast Asia;
  • Climate change impacts in Southeast Asia;
  • Climate change vulnerability and adaptation on various systems and sectors;
  • Atmospheric research;
  • Marine and coastal management studies; and
  • Environmental data and information services.

View SEA START RC's projects and activities.

Celebrating nearly 20 years of international research and capacity building

It's nearly 20 years since SEA START RC was established as a joint center of international research and capacity building within Chulalongkorn University.

New APN project launched

Project title: Climate change risk assessment and adaptation for loss and damage of urban transportation infrastructure (UTI) in Southeast Asia

The project aims to enhance climate change adaptive capacity through cooperative research on assessing loss and damage for UTI, including development of practical guidelines for implementing adaptation measures and strategies in Southeast Asia coastal cities. Findings from CC risk assessments will help decision makers translate CC adaptation into more resilient UTI management.

Countries involved: Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia

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Our Partners

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) United Nations Environment Programme

International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) World Climate Research Programme

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)

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