Borneo field sites

We have access to a number of field sites and experimental catchments in Malaysia, notably in the tropical forests of Borneo Island.

We collaborate with several Malaysian universities, government departments and research institutes, and, in particular, the Yayasan Sabah Group (Sabah Foundation) that manage one million hectares of tropical forest and three field stations.

Our research collaborations began in 1990 and have involved assisting YSG in the monitoring and modelling of catchment dynamics ever since. Current research at the Maliau Basin Studies Centre and Danum Valley Field Centre involves novel ways of simulating extreme rainfall characteristics on flood behaviour; modelling local observations of rainforest moisture; simulating water quality dynamics (notably suspended sediments and carbon); water tracing using stable isotopes and the evaluation of forest management practices.

We have also used these field facilities to stage atmospheric measurement campaigns, such as the NERC-funded Oxidant and Particle Photochemical Processes above a South-East Asian tropical rain forest campaign.

Research and training at these field sites involves working with scientists from partner institutions that include Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Malaysia Meteorological Department.

Contact: Dr Nick Chappell