NPOCE SSC-2016 Meeting

NPOCE SSC-2016 Meeting Minutes


The chair of NPOCE SSC, Prof. Dunxin Hu opened the NPOCE SSC-2016 meeting with welcome to all the participants (Appendix A): SSC members and some invited, especially Profs. Martin Visbeck, Janet Sprintall and Wenju Cai. The SSC members presented were Ken Ando, Minhan Dai, Dunxin Hu, Jae-Hak Lee, Bo Qiu, Tangdong Qu, Dongliang Yuan. Absent were Rameyo Adi, Dake Chen, Arnold Gordon, Dongchull Jeon, William Kessler, Yukio Masumoto, Stephen Riser, Andreas Schiller, Cesar Villanoy, Fan Wang, and Lixin Wu. Prof. Hu suggested an agenda of the meeting for discussion and after agreement on it the SSC meeting began. Then Prof. Dongliang Yuan presented a report on behalf of the NPOCE SSC and briefed the progress of NPOCE since NPOCE SSC meeting-2015 in Busan, Korea.


1.     Discussions

1)     Coordination of observation

a.     Within NPOCE.  Reviewed present status: independent cruises by individual countries (projects) without interaction (coordination in between). Suggested for future to encourage scientists, especially young scientists from various countries to work on the same R/V.

b.     Coordination with SPICE.  If there will be SPICE-E (SPICE Extension) a discussion on coordination of the two programs should be made,the early the better. If there will be no SPICE-E,NPOCE could consider  extending its observation domain: to extend southward to the equator to make connection with Solomon Sea observation through Vitiaz Strait, to the west to cover ITF entrance, to the north to include the Kuroshio extension, and to the east to explore interaction between the warm pool and cold tongue.

c.      Discussion on a suggestion by Dunxin Hu was made and most participants agreed upon: regardless whether there will be a SPICE-E or not and whether NPOCE with end within 4 more years, we probably could consider creating a new program for the whole western Pacific Ocean called “Western Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate Experiment” with emphasis on the WBCs.  

d.     Discussion about NPOCE data management

Participants reviewed data policies from TOGA, WOCE, JGOFS to CLIVAR, and exchanged status from various countries

Establish a data group in charge of data management, and improve the NPOCE website, and so on

e.     Membership:

                  In view of the present situation the meeting proposed to set up Terms of Reference for the NPOCE SSC.

f.     Discussion on relationship between TPOS & NPOCE

 A TPOS WP-TT was formed, but there will be no competition with the NPOCE in terms of leadership in the western boundary current studies. TPOS and NPOCE could cooperate,          share membership, hold joint meeting or open science meeting, and conduct joint analysis.

2.     Decisions and suggestions

1)     Invite one or two early career scientists (students) to participate in other nation’s cruises. If there are problems, try to solve them by signing documents.

2)     The next SSC meeting should consider the whole western Pacific in terms of study domain, not just the northern Pacific Ocean. We should hold a workshop or symposium to present what we have done and what we would like to do next to form a new program under CLIVAR.

3)     To set up Term of Reference for NPOCE SSC

First, to establish an ad-hoc nomination committee for rotating membership, to be chaired by Dr. Wenju Cai. Profs/Drs. Dunxin Hu, Bo Qiu, Jae-Hak Lee, Ken Ando are to serve as members. They should send emails to the current SSC members to solicit their future service. They may also invite new experts who would be interested in NPOCE to be members. Two months from now will be reserved for the committee to propose nominations to be discussed in the next SSC meeting.

4)     The next SSC meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held in April 2017 during the WESTPAC meeting period. We should do a doodle and check if most SSC members could attend.

5)     Data sharing policy does not have to follow the CLIVAR data policy rigidly.  But a general data management policy needs to be formed and practiced. A two-year grace period of data reservation is a good practice. After the grace period, data should be put on a computer server with internet connection for convenience of search and access. This policy should be applied to all countries participating in the NPOCE program.

6)     The 3rd OSS on Western Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate should be held in 2018 in a place to be decided later.




Appendix A






Kentaro Ando

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan

Wenju Cai

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia

Minhan Dai

College of Ocean & Earth Sciences, Xiamen University, China

Fan Jia

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Dunxin Hu

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Jae Hak Lee

Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute, Korea

Yixin Ma

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Janet Sprintall

The Scripps Research Institute

Bo Qiu

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii, US

Tangdong Qu

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii, US


Dongliang Yuan

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Martin Visbeck

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany

Ronghua Zhang

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Linlin Zhang

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



Appendix B  

Agenda of NPOCE SSC-2016 meeting

   Qingdao National Lab of Marine Science and Technology, Aoshanwei, Qingdao, October 20, 2016


1.     Welcome remarks by SSC chair Dunxin Hu

2.     NPOCE SSC report by Dongliang Yuan

3.     Discussion about the NPOCE next

(1)    About SPICE present status

(2)    NPOCE future

a)     Coordination with SPICE-E (for the whole western Pacific Ocean with special reference to the WBCs?)

b)     Exchange between the N- and S-Pacific across the equator

c)      Extend NPOCE observation domain (including ITF entrance, Kuroshio extension, interaction between Warm Pool and Cold Tongue, etc.)

(3)    NPOCE data management:

a.     About CLIVAR data policy

b.     Policies from NPOCE participating countries (China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, USA….)

(4)   Coordination of observation: present status and how to improve for the next?

(5)    Membership

(6)    NPOCE-2017 SSC meeting (where and when?)