The Twenty-third Senior Technical Managers’ Meeting on the EANET
Niigata, 29 September 2022
The Twenty-third Senior Technical Managers’ Meeting (STM23) on the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) was held online on 28 and 29 September 2022. The Meeting gathered over 40 senior technical officials from the 13 EANET Participating Countries to discuss the status of the Network’s monitoring activities.
EANET Monitoring Activities in 2021
Dr. Shiro Hatakeyama, Director General, Asia Center for Air Pollution Research (ACAP), delivered the Opening Remarks, followed by Welcome Remarks by Mr. Bert Fabian, Coordinator, Secretariat for the EANET.
After presenting the progress of EANET activities in 2021 since STM22, the Network Center for the EANET (NC) shared the results of various reports on acid deposition and related substances monitoring activities. STM23 participants were invited to discuss and share knowledge and experience to collectively review these draft publications.
Overview of the Preliminary Draft Data Report 2020 and Evaluation of the Results of the Inter-laboratory Comparison (ILC) Projects 2020
The NC presented the Preliminary Draft Data Report 2021. This report focuses on wet deposition, dry deposition (air concentration), soil and vegetation, inland aquatic environment, and catchment-scale monitoring. It includes a summary of the monitoring data in 2021 and related information submitted by the Participating Countries.
The NC also introduced the preliminary draft Report on the Inter-laboratory Comparison Projects in 2021 for wet deposition, dry deposition (filter pack method), soil, and inland aquatic environment.
Consideration of the National Monitoring Plans (NMPs), Current Monitoring Activities for the EANET and Overall Air Concentration Monitoring Status of the Participating Countries
In line with previous STM meetings’ process, representatives of the Participating Countries presented their National Monitoring Plans (NMPs) and current EANET activities, including monitoring capacities, technical challenges, and future plans, while focusing on the general improvement of the activities of the EANET.
Other important matters were also discussed, including the progress on the Revision of the Technical Manuals for Dry Deposition Flux Estimation and Air Concentration Monitoring.
Dr. Meng Fan, Deputy Director General, ACAP, delivered the Closing Remarks. He expressed his great appreciation for the improvement of the data quality due to the efforts of the Participating Countries and hoped that the EANET monitoring, research and capacity-building activities would continue to be strengthened through the expansion of the scope of the EANET.
Photo credits: cover photo by Anna Sushok (2020), other images, all rights reserved to EANET.