NPOCE inauguration meeting was held successfully in Qingdao, China

(Updated: June-17-2010)

    The Northwest Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate Experiment (NPOCE) program is a multi-national, multi-institution program, designed to observe, simulate, and understand the dynamics of the Northwestern Pacific (NWP) ocean circulation and its role in low-frequency modulations of regional and global climate including the western Pacific warm pool variability, the ITF variability, ENSO, the East Asian Monsoon, and the NWP cyclones. The NPOCE program has been endorsed by Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) as an international joint program since April 23, 2010. 

    The NPOCE inauguration meeting was held on May 30, 2010 in Qingdao, China. The meeting was convened by Prof. Dunxin Hu from IOCAS, an academician of CAS, and chair of NPOCE scientific steering committee (SSC). Over 60 Scientists from China, USA, Australia, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and representatives of CLIVAR, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) attended. Dr. Zhongli Ding, vice-president of CAS, addressed welcome remarks on the opening of the meeting. Prof. Martin Visbeck of Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Kiel, co-chair of CLIVAR SSG announced the endorsement of NPOCE by CLIVAR. Prof. Congbin Fu of Nanjing University, member of executive board of International Council for Science (ICSU), president of Pacific Science Association and vice-president of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), and Prof. Guoxiong Wu of Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CAS, president of International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) gave speeches on the meeting. Representatives from participating countries presented their contributions to the NPOCE implementation.

    The meeting was held very successfully, which will become a milestone on the development course of NPOCE. The NPOCE international joint program will open a new chapter on the NWP ocean circulation and air-sea interaction research.