Kartika Lestari

My PhD research at Tohoku University (Japan) focused on the variability of the Asian monsoon activities by conducting some experiments using a Global Climate Model (GCM), and its impact on the rainfall variability over the Maritime Continent. Recently, I broadened my interests to Climate Change, Climate Variability and Climate Impacts, by analyzing the data outputs of the global climate models contributed to the Coupled Model Intercomparison.

Project (CMIP), as well as their downscaled data. I am interested on the teleconnection between the global and regional climate phenomena, such as El Nino and the Southern Oscillation (ENSO), Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and Asian monsoon, and the rainfall variability over the Southeast Asia in the past, present and future decades, as well as the possible societal impacts that may occur, such as global warming and possible increased of the biomass burning, impact of global warming on rainfall variability to support climate risk in the water supply, etc.

Most research works, I pay an attention to the climate impacts over Southeast Asia, one of the high populated regions in the world that experiences substantial increased severe drought and wet events leading to the shortage in the water supply, agricultural production, haze disasters, big floods, usual typhoon events, even increased deaths due to heat stress and diseases. Therefore, conducting appropriate climate analysis and information is essential to support this region in the disaster mitigation due to global warming. However, I am always open to have some works focusing on other regions as well, as long as it can contribute to promote societal life.

In addition, I am informally mentoring younger coworkers and students in their research interests, such as Multiscale aspect of ENSO over the Tropics during Holocene, dynamical downscaling to promote researches in Climate Change and Impacts over the Maritime Continent, etc. Currently, I am also learning more about Climate Change and some Societal Issues, and wish to expand my research works on these topics in the future.

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Contact Kartika at: kartika.lestari@ronininstitute.org