IGAC-MANGO is a working body to:
enhance communication between scientists in Monsoon Asia, and the collaboration of Asian community to the international community for IGAC-related scientific questions, including changes in atmospheric composition and the resulting impacts, biomass burning, biogenic and anthropogenic emissions, air quality and health, the interplay of the Asian monsoon and atmospheric chemistry, fundamental sciences, mitigation options, etc.; and
explore opportunities for funding and infrastructure that are needed to foster scientific research, capacity building, and regional collaborations.
- 2012 – Possibility to form the Southeast Asia WG was suggested at the 2012 IGAC SSC meeting by Hiroshi Tanimoto, in consideration of emerging atmospheric chemistry activities in Southeast and South Asia, in particular, ACAM. One-year scoping period to explore its feasibility was given.
- 2013 – The idea was discussed and evolved as the Overarching Asia WG, and the formal proposal was presented at the 2013 IGAC SSC meeting.
- 2014 – The NIES international coordination fund for workshop support was approved for two years (2014-2015).
- 2014 – Core-preparatory committee was formed from Northeast, Southeast and South Asia, and the possible structure was discussed and approved by the IGAC SSC in 2014.
- 2015 – The WG was officially started with the initial 17 membership and three co-chairs from Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia (Hiroshi Tanimoto, Kim Oanh, and Manish Naja), and named as the Monsoon Asia and Oceania Networking Group (MANGO).
- 2017 – The APN CAPaBLE fund was approved for the MANGO activities in 2017-2018, entitled “CBA2017-02MY-Tanimoto: Fostering of the next generation of scientists for better understanding of air quality in Monsoon Asia and Oceania region”.
- 2020 – Kim Oanh rotated off from her co-chair position representing Southeast Asia, replaced by Liya Yu. New members representing South Korea and Brunei joint us.
- Current – Communication to expand the membership network to include more countries is ongoing.