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Operational Oceanography in Developing Countries

Event date(s): Monday 9th September 2013  –  Thursday 12th September 2013

Location: Beijing, China


The 12th CAS-TWAS Forum is organising an %nbsp; 

International Workshop on Operational Oceanography for Developing Countries

9-12 September 2013

Beijing, China


The workshop will be a starting point for strengthening the collaboration among all developing countries interested in operational oceanography by discussing common scientific and infrastructure issues.

The topics of the workshop include:

  • Demands, Current Services and Challenges
  • Capability Building
  • Ocean Observations
  • Modelling and Data Assimilation
  • Operational Forecast: from short-range to ENSO

Operational oceanography is an emerging research field devoted to the science, technology and applications of observing and forecasting our oceans and seas. It is important for improving

  • the safety and efficiency of maritime transport and marine operations;
  • enabling the sustainable exploitation and management of ocean resources, such fisheries;
  • supporting safe and efficient offshore energy related activities;
  • mitigating the effects of environmental hazardss and pollution spills;
  • contributing to ocean climate variability studies and seasonal-to-internannual climate prediction.

Despite the fact that developing countries are often more vulnerable to regional ocean hazards in their marginal and coastal seas, less studies have been carried out in these areas than around developed countries. This is mostly due to the lack of capacity in operational oceanogrpoahy in developing countries and needs to be addressed. Some large developing countries such China, India, Brazil and South Africa have been building their own operational ocean forecasting systems in recent years along with their fast economy growth. As a result, the operational oceanography community in these developing countries is growing at a high rate. Therefore, it is time to create a dedicated forum for operational oceanographers from developing countries.

This international workshop is sponsored by the CAS-TWAS-WMO Forum, and will be organized by the International Center for Climate and Environment Sciences(ICCES), Institute of Atmospheric Physics(IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS). We wish you all a pleasant stay and a fruitful meeting in Beijing. Looking forward to meeting you all.

For further information please vist the 12th-CAS-TWAS-WMO Forum website.