Scientific Background

The Maritime Continent (MC), a unique mixture of land and ocean straddling the equator between 100 - 160°E, is the largest archipelago on Earth. It is known for its complex geophysical setting, its marine and land biodiversity, and its rich human history and cultures. Sitting between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and in the mid of their warmest body of water known as the warm pool, the MC plays a unique role in the weather-climate continuum of the region and the world. This white paper briefly summarizes this role and advocates the idea of the "Year of the Maritime Continent".

Recent Events

23-25 Jul 2014 CINDY/DYNAMO MJO Symposium
28 Jul - 1 Aug 2014 AOGS Meeting
25 Sep 2014 ASEAN Sub-committee for Met & Geophysics (First formal Announcement to all ASEAN countries)
5 Sep 2014 Kick-off Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia Inter-agencies consortium in Indonesia and International relationship
15-19 Dec 2014 AGU Fall Meeting in San Fransisco
27-30 Jan 2015 First International Science and Planning Workshop on YMC in Singapore
27-29 May 2015 US YMC Workshop NCAR / EOL in Boulder, CO, USA [Summary]
3-7 Aug 2015 AOGS Meeting in Singapore
24-26 Nov 2015 Second International Science and Planning Workshop on YMC in Jakarta
11-13 Apr 2016 YMC SSC Meeting and Workshop on Intraseasonal Processes and Prediction in the Maritime Continent in Singapore
31 Jul - 5 Aug 2016 AOGS Meeting in Beijing, China
12-16 Dec 2016 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, USA
14-16 Mar 2017 Third International Science and Planning Workshop on YMC in Bangi, Malaysia
23 - 28 Apr 2017 EGU General Assembly 2017 in Vienna

Latest News

Third International Science and Planning Workshop on YMC in Malaysia (14 - 16 March 2017)

The third international Years of Maritime Continent (YMC) workshop was held in March 14-16, 2017 At the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in Bangi, Malaysia. It was hosted by the UKM and MetMalaysia (Malaysian Meteorological Department / MMD). ...


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Third International Science and Planning Workshop on YMC in Malaysia (14 - 16 March 2017)

CLIVAR endorsed the Year of Maritime Continent (YMC) Activity

11 March 2017 -- The YMC Secretariat is delighted to received the news that YMC activity has been endorsed by the CLIVAR (Climate and Ocean - Variability, Predictability, and Change). This is to add other endorsements YMC has received so far, among ...


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CLIVAR endorsed the Year of Maritime Continent (YMC) Activity

Indonesia Program Initiative on Maritime Observation and Analysis (Ina PRIMA)

On February 20th, 2017, in collaboration between Indonesia and USA, represented by the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia (BMKG), Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the National ...


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Indonesia Program Initiative on Maritime Observation and Analysis (Ina PRIMA)

Coordination Meeting BMKG-LAPAN-ITB on YMC activities in Bandung (7 February 2017)

As part of Indonesia national preparation for the YMC Campaign, a coordination meeting was held on 7 February 2017 in LAPAN, Bandung, attended by representatives from Agency of Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), National Space Agency ...


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Interaction of The Madden - Julian Oscillation with Maritime Continent Seminar (17 Nov 2016)

This seminar was held on November 17, 2016 in BMKG Headquarter Office, Jakarta, Indonesia, followed by 50 participants from BMKG Headquarter officers and Academic students. The participants learned some materials regarding MJO such as :

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Interaction of The Madden - Julian Oscillation with Maritime Continent Seminar (17 Nov 2016)

International Workshop on the Madden-Julian Oscillation in Chengdu, China (6 - 9 August 2016)

The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is an important element of the weather-climate system. Its role in connecting tropical and global weather-climate has been increasingly appreciated. During the past three decades, several field campaigns were ...


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Second International Science and Planning Workshop on YMC in Jakarta (24 - 26 Nov 2015)

The second international YMC workshop was held in November 24-26, 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was hosted by the Agency for Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) of Indonesia. The main objectives of this workshop are to (1) review the ...


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Second International Science and Planning Workshop on YMC in Jakarta (24 - 26 Nov 2015)

First International Science and Planning Workshop on YMC in Singapore (27-30 Jan 2015)

This was the first workshop at which potential international participants of YMC gathered and exchanged information of their science objectives and plans. The main objectives of the workshop were to discuss a draft of the YMC Science Plan, to assess ...


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First International Science and Planning Workshop on YMC in Singapore (27-30 Jan 2015)

Jakarta Kick Off Meeting in Jakarta (5 September 2014)

The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the YMC to all Indonesian agencies that will be involved with the YMC field campaign (2017 ? 2018) and to help them form a consortium to interact and coordinate with international participants of YMC. The ...


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