WESTPAC 9th International Scientific Symposium

WESTPAC 9th International Scientific Symposium

22-25 April 2014, Nha Trang, Vietnam


All sessions are open to all participants, and will focus around three main themes: (1) Understanding Ocean Processes in the Indo-Pacific Region; (2) Ensuring Marine Biodiversity, Food Safety and Security; and (3) Maintenance of Ocean Health.

Understanding Ocean Processes in the Indo-Pacific Region

● Role of the Indo-Pacific Ocean in regional climate change and variability

● Status, trends and effects of climate, natural disturbances and anthropogenic stressors on ocean ecosystems

● Risk/vulnerability assessment on coastal sea-level related hazards focusing on sea level rise, storm surges and coastal erosion

● Sediment source-to-sink process in the Western Pacific

Ensuring Marine Biodiversity, Food Safety and Security

● Status, trends of marine biodiversity and productivity (including marine endangered species, invasive species, etc.)

● Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

● Toxic marine organisms and seafood safety

Maintenance of Ocean Health

● Changing ocean biogeochemistry and its ecosystem impact (particularly nutrient supply and cycles, hypoxia, POPs and heavy metals)

● Ocean acidification and its effects on marine ecosystems

● Harmful algal blooms

● Restoration and conservation of marine ecosystems

● Remote sensing in integrated coastal and marine management

Cross-cutting and Emerging Issues

● Development and demonstration of ocean forecasting system

● Technical and technological developments, and data management in coastal and open ocean observations

● Marine renewable energy

● Good practices in, and lessons learnt from capacity development for marine science and ocean governance

Moreover, one Senior Officials Forum is being planned in view of the importance of engaging governmental officials in charge of marine science, observation and capacity building.

Important Deadlines

  • 30 October 2013: Early registration
  • 30 November 2013: Abstract submission and financial support application
  • 31 December 2013: Notification of abstract acceptance and financial support grant
  • 15 January 2014: Confirmation of participation by paper presenters

Travel & Accommodation

More detailed information concerning travel and transportation can be found in the symposium website: www.vnio.org.vn/9thwestpacsymp.

Financial Support

Financial support will be available for a limited number of participants, especially for young scientists and students from developing countries in the WESTPAC region.

Contact Address

Local Secretariat for the WESTPAC 9th International Scientific Symposium

Mrs. Do Minh Thu

Institute of Oceanography

01 Cau Da, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

Tel: (84-58) 3590035

Fax: (84-58) 3590034

Email: dmthu.io@gmail.com


IOC Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC Office)

Ms. Nachapa Saransuth

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Tel: +66 2 1411288

Fax: +66 2 1439245

Email: snachapa@gmail.com; n.saransuth@unesco.org


Keynote Addresses

● Achievements and perspectives of marine science in the region

● Climate change and variability and its related disasters in the region

● Climate and anthropogenic impacts to and resilience of ecosystems in the region

● Latest scientific advances and innovations in ocean observations techniques

● Impacts on the ocean and coasts following the 2011 Japan Tsunami

● Marine processes and resource management towards sustaining marine biodiversity and food security

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