Melaka lecturer gets fellowship to study lightning patterns in Antarctica

MELAKA: Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) hit another milestone - one of its senior lecturers was picked to head a research team to study lightning patterns in the Antarctic.

Dr Mohd Riduan Ahmad has been awarded the South Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) Asia’s Science Fellowship Scheme 2019 for the purpose and will work closely with KOPRI scientist Dr Park Sang-jong to study lighting patterns in the southern hemisphere.

In a statement to The Star Thursday (July 4), UTeM vice-chancellor Dr Raha Abd Rahim hopes the research achieves it desired success and has global impact.

Dr Mohd Riduan, she said, will be stationed at KOPRI headquarters in Incheon, South Korea, from July 6 for an estimated three weeks on the first phase of the research programme.

Dr Raha said during the second phase, Dr Mohd Riduan would join a research expedition at King Sejong station in Antarctica for two months, starting early 2020.

“An electromagnetic measurement device would be used to study the lightning within a radius of 300km from the King Sejong station,” she added.

The research is vital to give an overview and greater understanding on global warming issues and for climate change studies.

The study on lightning patterns in the Antarctic is also important as rising sea levels and global weather patterns are all determined in the polar region.


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