18 April 2013

12th CAS-TWAS-WMO Forum

The 12th CAS-TWAS-WMO Forum – an international workshop on operational oceanography for developing countries – will take place between 9 and 12 September 2013, in Beijing, China. Deadline for early registration: 5 July 2013; for abstract submission: 10 July 2013.

12th CAS-TWAS-WMO ForumOperational oceanography is an emerging research field devoted to the science, technology and applications on 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 as fisheries; supporting safe and efficient offshore energy related activities; mitigating the effects of environmental hazards and pollution spills; contributing to ocean climate variability studies and seasonal-to-interannual climate prediction.

Despite the fact that developing countries are more vulnerable to hazards in ocean regions due to lack of capability in operational oceanography, marginal and coastal seas around developing countries are much less studied than these regions around developed countries. Some large developing countries such as China, India, Brazil and South Africa have been building their own operational ocean forecasting systems in recent years along with their fast economic growth. As result, the operational oceanography community in these developing countries is growing at high rates. The international workshop on operational oceanography for developing countries will be a starting point to strengthen collaboration among all developing countries interested in operational oceanography by discussing common scientific and infrastructure issues.

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

Important dates: 

  • Deadline for early registration: 5 July 2013. 
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 10 July 2013. 
  • Notice of abstract acceptance: 20 July 2013.

For more details and information on how to apply, please visit or contact Ms. Ting TONG, ctwf[at], Tel: +86 10 82995124, Fax: +86 10 82995123

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