Thick haze blankets Pasoh Forest Reserve

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October 20, 2015

The continuous (agriculture and forest) open burning, mainly in neighbouring country Indonesia, coupled with the dry season and wind direction into Peninsular Malaysia, has created a blanket of haze over much of south of the peninsula, including Pasoh Forest Reserve since August 2015.

The haze levels differ from day to day, ranging from moderate to unhealthy levels. Schools in the affected areas have been closed on bad days, while the project activities in the field continues. Even the dense vegetation in the reserve is unable to shelter its occupants of the haze as fog-like smoke crawls between trees and the sunlight cast on the ground turn to a orange-yellow colour as the sun struggles to shine through the haze. This unfortunate event is expected to continue until March 2016.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Hence it would be interesting to see if this event will affect the tree growth and animal movement from the project data. Such responses would be helpful in predicting future events and assist in prescribing mitigation actions for conservation.

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