iCUBE to focus on multilateral climate change cooperation

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MEMBERS of the International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment (iCUBE) will be carrying out several key initiatives that focus on joint or multilateral collaboration.

Following the recent conclusion of the third iCUBE Governing Board Meeting during which eight member universities gathered here in the capital, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) assistant vice chancellor of Global Affairs Dr Joyce Teo said this focus on collaboration entails each university bringing its own research and academic strengths.

She told The Brunei Times in an email interview that the key initiatives include working together on climate change, having a multidisciplinary workshop focusing on network interactions of the ecological systems, the use of artificial intelligence in climate monitoring and predictive analytics.

UBD served as the iCUBE Secretariat during the recent board meeting.

“At UBD, we are showing real-time data which are very useful from our Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC) and other forests that our researchers are involved in. Our researchers have gathered climate and rainfall data, as well as carbon stocks, among others. With this kind of solid data generated from the tropics and our virgin forests, this is an immensely useful data for other researchers from iCUBE to validate models to predict future climate scenarios,” she said.

Dr Teo added iCUBE members are also planning a full expedition of Bukit Teraja in July 2017, similar to their previous Bukit Pagon Expedition.

“This will be a multilateral collaboration among iCUBE members, and also a multi-sectoral cooperation which we will again invite the participation of our colleagues from Heart of Borneo, Forestry Department of Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, and other relevant offices and agencies,” she said.

At the recent iCUBE governing board meeting, the iCUBE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform was introduced, enabling opportunities for iCUBE member universities to come together in offering massive open online course (MOOCs) in the common interest fields of biodiversity, environmental studies and related disciplines.

“With this iCUBE MOOC integrated learning platform, you will observe an increase interest of students, even outside the science disciplines, wanting to learn more on our biodiversity and environment,” she said.

The Brunei Times