The 3rd International Symposium on the Indian Ocean and South China Sea

---- Advances in Climate Change and Ecology Research of Indian Ocean and South China Sea

Date: 17th -19th Nov. 2010 (An all-day registration on 17th Nov, finish in 19th Nov. Afternoon.)

Venue: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Organizer: South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (SCSIO), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Environmental Dynamics (LED),CAS

Co-organizers: National Institute of Oceanography, India
Guangzhou Institute of Tropical Meteorology, China Meteorological Administration

Sponsors: Guangzhou Association for Science & Technology
Chinese Academy of Sciences
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Guangdong Natural Science Fund Committee

Welcome Address
"The South China Sea and Indian Ocean International Symposium” series has been successfully held twice in Guangzhou in 2006 and 2008. The themes of the two former symposiums were “Ocean Hazards/Tsunami” and “Ocean Processes in Relation to Climate Change”. The theme of the upcoming 3rd symposium is “Advances in Climate Change and Ecology Research of Indian Ocean and South China Sea ”.

As the ocean channel between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea is the central region between the Indian Monsoon and the Asian Monsoon, so it is highly relative with the world climate variety. The Indian Ocean is the important traffic artery to connect Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania, and the north of Indian Ocean is one of the strongest areas in global monsoon movement. The climate change of this area can greatly influence the Asian Continent, especially for South Asia, East Asia and their ecological environment. As the main air current channel and water vapor source, the Bay of Bengal and the Equatorial Eastern Indian Ocean can significantly influence the climate change of China and East Asia regions, as well as the ecological change of south sea. Therefore, it will be very important to research the relativity between the South China Sea and Indian Ocean

On 29th May 2010, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, CAS successfully completed its first Indian Ocean Cruise- a 48-day 7900-seamile voyage by sailing the first small waterplane area twinhull (SWATH) named “Experimental 1”in China. Through this cruise, the institute acquired many valuable in-situ data about the Bay of Bengal and the east equatorial Indian Ocean, attained a deeper knowledge of the regional oceanography of the tropical Indian Ocean, and paved the way for future oceanic explorations.

This symposium is aimed to depict and discuss ocean issues related to the focused regions through posters and presentations, with more focus on ocean-climate connections. Papers related to tsunami, typhoon or any other natural phenomenon that influences oceans are also solicited. We hope to initiate a South China Sea and Indian Ocean regional cooperation program based on the interactions/collaborations developed during the symposium.

3rd International Symposium on SCS & Indian Ocean Organizing Committee:
Danling Tang (South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, CAS)
Satish Shetye (National Institute of Oceanography, India)
Dongxiao Wang (South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, CAS)
Kumar M Dileep (National Institute of Oceanography, India)
Qilin Wan (Guangzhou Institute of Tropical Meteorology, CMA)
Yan Du (South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, CAS)

Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Environmental Dynamics (LED),
Chinese Academy of Sciences

url: http://ledweb.scsio.ac.cn/IOSCS2010/article.asp?id=255