IOC Sub-Commission

for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

WESTPAC Advisory Group

At the Seventh Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-VII), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 26-29 May 2008, the Sub-Commission decided to establish a WESTPAC Advisory Group as a mechanism for providing advice to the Chairperson and the Sub-Commission, including scientific and technical review of Project Proposals submitted for adoption as WESTPAC Projects and on the development, planning and implementation of the activities of the Sub- Commission. This action was also intended as one of the steps to revitalize the Sub- Commission through rectifying the present deficiencies, improving communications and interactions and ensuring a comprehensive programme in line with the IOC’s High Level Objectives. (Rec. SC-WESTPAC-VII.1).

Members (2013-present):


Dr Youn-Ho Lee
Chair of the WESTPAC Advisory Group
Principal Research Scientist/Professor
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)
787 Haean-ro, Sangnok-gu, Ansan-si Gyeonggi-do, 426-744, Republic of Korea
Tel: +82-31-400-6428; Fax:+82-31-400-6425; Email: ylee[at]


Dr Somkiat Khokiattiwong
Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC)
Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR)
51 Sakdhidej Rd., Muang District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Tel: +66 76 391128; Fax: +66 76 391127; Email: skhokiattiwong[at]


Dr Vo Si Tuan
Professor and Director
Institute of Oceanography (IO) 
Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)
01 Cau Da Street, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
Tel: +84 58 3590033; Fax: +84 58 3590034; Email: vosituan[at]


Dr Yu Weidong
Research Scientist
Center for Ocean and Climate Research (COCR)
First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), State Oceanic Administration (SOA)
6 Xianxialing, Hi-Tech Park, Laoshan District Qingdao, Shandong 266061, China
Tel: +86 532 889 67403; Fax: +86 532 889 60673; Email: wdyu[at]


Dr Zainal Arifin
Deputy of Earth Sciences
Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Jl. Pasir Putih I Ancol Timur, Jakarta 14430, Indonesia
Tel: +62 21 6471 2287; Fax: +62 21 6471 1948; Email: zainal.arifin[at], arifinz2010[at]


Dr Kentaro Ando
Group Leader
Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC)
Japan Agency for Marine and Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
2-15 Natsushima-cho Yokosuka, 237-0061, Japan
Tel: +81 46 867 9462; Fax: +81-46-867-9195; Email: andouk[at]


Prof Dr Nor Aieni Haji Mokhtar
Vice Chancellor
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
21030 Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Tel: +60-9-6684101; Fax: +60-9-6697418; Email: noraieni[at], noraienim[at]


Dr. Gil Suico Jacinto
Marine Science Institute
University of the Philippines Diliman
1101 Diliman, Quezon City Philippines
Fax: +632 924 7678; Email: gilj[at], gjacinto[at]

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