Training Courses and Summer Schools


Regular topic-specific training opportunities have been developed and organized in WESTPAC Member States on a rotation basis in order to enhance the capacity of its Member States for conservation and sustainable development of their coasts and marine biodiversity and resources.

 
  Expert lectures on harmful and toxic algae
   
 
  Laboratory practice on the immunological method for detection of domoic acid in
plankton and shellfish
   
 
  Hands-on training on rapid assessment survey methodology for detecting marine
alien species
   
 
  Field study on coral restoration technique
   
 
  Expert demonstration of DNA extraction and its barcode region amplification
   
 
  Using remote sensing technique for analyzing temporal changes of seagrass beds
   
 
   
 
  Training on board at MOMSEI Summer School

HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS

“to understand the biological and chemical nature, population dynamics and environmental effects of harmful algae, and mitigate the negative effects caused by Harmful Algal Blooms in the region”

    Biodiversity and Taxonomy National Training Workshop in Singapore on Taxonomy of Harmful Algal Bloom Species, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 18-22 August 2014
    HABs and Biotoxins National Workshop in Malaysia on Systematic and Advanced Methodologies in Harmful Algae Monitoring, Malaysia, 12 - 15 August 2014


TOXIC MARINE ORGANISMS AND THEIR TOXINS

“to improve the knowledge on the natural biotoxins in marine organisms and their risks to human health and the transfer of knowledge to the public through the identification of toxic marine organisms”

    Third WESTPAC Training Workshop on Toxic Marine Organisms and their Toxins “Technical guideline for Ciguatera study: experiences from Japan”, Tokyo, Japan, 5-6 November 2013
    Second WESTPAC-HAB and TMO Joint Training Workshop on “Immunological Method for Detection of Domoic Acid in Plankton and Shellfish”, Nha Trang, Vietnam, 19-22 March 2012
    First WESTPAC-HAB and TMO Joint Training Course on “Taxonomy and Ecology of Diatom Pseudo-nitzschia”, Sarawak, Malaysia, 20-23 March 2011


MARINE ALIEN SPECIES

“to provide regional status on marine alien species and assist with the identification techniques in the detection of these species”

    WESTPAC-PICES Joint Workshop on Rapid Assessment Survey Methodologies for Detecting Marine Non-indigenous Species (WESTPAC-RAS-III), Phuket, Thailand, 19-21 July 2011
    WESTPAC Workshop on Rapid Assessment Survey of Marine Biodiversity and Non-indigenous Species in the Western Pacific Region (WESTPAC-RAS-II), Bangkok, Thailand, 6-9 December 2010
    WESTPAC Workshop on Rapid Assessment Survey of Marine Biodiversity and Non-indigenous Species in the Western Pacific Region (WESTPAC-RAS-I), Bangkok, Thailand, 20-21 September 2010
    WESTPAC Workshop on Marine Invasive Species and Management in the Western Pacific Region, Bangkok, Thailand, 4-5 June 2009


CORAL REEF CONSERVATION & RESTORATION

“to advance the understanding on the biogeochemical and ecological nature of coral reefs; build, with the introduction of DNA bar-coding, an inventory of marine organisms living in the Coral Triangle and neighboring coral reefs; and identify the best practice of coral reef restoration techniques”

    WESTPAC DRMREEF Training Course on Recruitment Monitoring of Coral Reef Organisms, Nha Trang, Vietnam, 20-21 April 2014
    Third WESTPAC Summer School on "Resilience of Coral Reefs to the Climate Change and Anthropogenic Disturbances" (WESTPAC-CorReCAP-T.III), Nha Trang, Vietnam, 18-21 April 2014
    International Training Course on Sustainable Use and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems: Taxonomy of Soft Corals, Phuket, Thailand, 24-26 September 2013
    WESTPAC Inception Workshop on DNA Taxonomy in the Identification of Marine Organisms in Coral Reef Ecosystems, Bangkok, Thailand, 5-6 August 2013
    Second WESTPAC Training Course on “Water Quality and its Impact on Coral Reefs” (WESTPAC-CorReCAP-T.II), Sanya, China, 8-11 June 2011
    WESTPAC Training Course on “Impact of Sedimentary Dynamics and Biogeochemistry on Coral Reefs” (WESTPAC-CorReCAP-T.I), Koh Samui, Thailand, 15-18 June 2010


OCEAN REMOTE SENSING

“to develop adaptive remote sensing methods to map the distribution of coastal habitats”

    WESTPAC Training Course on Remote Sensing for Coastal Habitat Mapping, Nha Trang, Vietnam, 25-27 April 2014
    NOWPAP/PICES/WESTPAC Joint Training Course on Remote Sensing Data Analysis, Vladivostok, Russia, 8-12 October 2011


MOMSEI SUMMER SCHOOL

Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social & Ecosystem Impact (MOMSEI)

“to improve, from air-sea interaction’s point of view, the understanding and forecasting of Asia monsoon onsets and its multi-scale variability at a regional scale through the development and conduct of air-sea observations over the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal, and analysis of the preconditioning role of ocean in the monsoon onset”

    Fifth WESTPAC Summer School on the Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social & Ecosystem Impacts (WESTPAC/SEAGOOS-MOMSEI Summer School-V), Jakarta, Indonesia, 9-13 September 2014
    Fourth WESTPAC Summer School on the Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social & Ecosystem Impacts (WESTPAC/SEAGOOS-MOMSEI Summer School-IV), Terengganu, Malaysia, 19-23 August 2013
    Third WESTPAC Summer School of SEAGOOS Pilot Project on Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social & Ecosystem Impacts (WESTPAC/SEAGOOS-MOMSEI Summer School–III), Qingdao, China, 6-10 August 2012
    Second WESTPAC Summer School of SEAGOOS Pilot Project on Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social & Ecosystem Impacts (WESTPAC/SEAGOOS-MOMSEI Summer School–II), Phuket, Thailand, 15-19 August 2011
    First WESTPAC Summer School of SEAGOOS Pilot Project on Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social & Ecosystem Impacts (WESTPAC/SEAGOOS-MOMSEI Summer School–I), Qingdao, China, 25-30 July 2010


Meanwhile, following closely the development of global initiatives and international conventions, WESTPAC is committed to engaging regional scientists, developing and organizing associated trainings to meet the needs from the region in the implementation of global initiatives and international conventions, such as the World Ocean Assessment, and Convention on Biological Diversity. WESTPAC has been facilitating the implementation of the World Ocean Assessment by bridging the information gap, and identifying regional capacity building needs for the Assessment.

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