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Ms Aisawan Chankarn

Postgraduate Researcher


I studied a bachelor degree in Mathematics and a master degree in Applied mathematics from Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand in 2003 and 2006, respectively. My major subject area was Statistics.

Since finishing my degrees, I have been working as an assistant researcher in Hydro Informatics and Assessment Section for Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, Ministry of Science and Technology. My responsibility is the provision of weather/water data and information for supporting water resources management in Thailand. This allows me to learn about weather monitoring, and weather forecasting.

In particular, I am interested in rainfall forecast. I would like to look deeper into it in order to advance analysis of water situations in my country, Thailand since Thailand is an agricultural country and the majority of Thais relies on rainwater.

My research topic that I have been conduction at Exeter university is “Seasonal Rainfall Forecast for Thailand Using Associations of ENSO/PDO/IOD and Monsoon Indices with Thailand Rainfall”, which is sponsored by the Royal Thai Government under the supervision of the Office of the Civil Service Commission for 4 years.

The objectives of the research are as follows:

1. To study associations of global climate factors including ENSO (El Nino/Southern Oscillation), PDO (Pacific Decadal Oscillation), IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole) and local climate factors including Indian monsoon and Western Pacific monsoon with Thailand seasonal rainfall , and also indicate the impact of those factors on local seasonal rainfall.

2. To develop a model of seasonal rainfall forecasts for Thailand using appropriate climate factors with appropriate month lags obtained from the first stage using statistical analysis.

My first supervisor is Prof. Slobodan Djordjevic, and my second supervisor is Prof. Matthew Collins.