Second WESTPAC Scientific Workshop "Responses of Marine Hazards to Climate Change in the Western Pacific"
5 - 6 December 2009, Qingdao, China
The Second Workshop of WESTPAC on the "Response of Marine Hazards to Climate Change will take place in Qingdao, China, 5-6 December 2009 with generous support of the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, China.
This workshop aims to, in addition to reviewing the progress made since the first workshop in November 2008, exchange the scientific knowledge and further identify cooperation opportunities of observations and research on the response of marine hazards to climate change in the South China Sea and its Adjacent Areas, including Northwest Pacific and North Indian Oceans (SCSAA) in view of its significant role in climate system.
The workshop will focus on the trend and variability of marine hazards, including sea level rising, typhoon, storm surge, and marine ecosystem in the SCSAA, in the context of global climate change, and the development of observation and predicative capacity for climate change and the ocean response.
The workshop is designed as one of follow-up activities to the WESTPAC Project "Response of Marine Hazards to Climate Change" which was established at the Seventh Intergovernmental Session of WESTPAC in Malaysia, May 2008 aiming to improve the understanding of the physical processes of typical marine hazards and their responding mechanisms to global climate change by means of observations, dynamic analysis, numerical modeling and capacity building. The first workshop was held in Qingdao, 23-24 November 2008 with more than 20 experts from ten member states of WESTPAC.
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