WESTPAC People and Groups

WESTPAC Officers (2017-present)

Dr Vo Si Tuan (Vietnam)
Dr Fangli Qiao (China)
Dr Zainal Arifin (Indonesia)

Dr Kentaro Ando (Japan)

WESTPAC Officers (Chairperson and Vice-chairpersons) are elected by delegates at each intergovernmental Session. They shall be from Member States in the region and serve for one Session and one intersessional period. They may be re-elected for one additional term of office.

At the 11th Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-XI, Qingdao, China, 21-23 April 2017),the Sub-Commission elected, by acclamation, Dr Vo Si Tuan from Vietnam as Chairperson; Dr Fangli Qiao from China, Dr Zainal Arifin from Indonesia, Dr Kentaro Ando from Japan as Vice-Chairpersons of the Sub-Commission for the next intersessional period.

WESTPAC Officers (2012-2017)

Dr Somkiat Khokiattiwong (Thailand)
Dr. Youn-Ho Lee (Republic of Korea)
First Vice-Chairperson
Dr. Vo Si Tuan (Vietnam)
Second Vice-Chairperson


  •  Previous WESTPAC Officers


WESTPAC Advisory Group (2013-present)

Dr Youn-Ho
Lee, Chairperson
Dr Somkiat Khokiattiwong Dr Vo Si
Dr Yu
Dr Zainal
Dr Kentaro Ando Prof Dr Nor Aieni Haji Mokhtar Dr Gil Suico Jacinto

The WESTPAC Advisory Group, composed of the Officers of the Sub-Commission and up to five additional experts in relevant disciplines of marine science, has the responsibility to provide scientific and technical advice on the development, planning and implementation of the activities of the Sub-Commission.

The Head of the WESTPAC Office is an ex-officio member for the Group, and will be responsible for the follow-up and coordination of all actions/activities resulting from the WESTPAC Advisory Group.

  •  WESTPAC Advisory Group
  •  Previous WESTPAC Advisory Group


WESTPAC Working Groups

  •  Asian Dust and its Impact on Ocean Ecosystem
•  Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment
•  Mapping the Harmful Jellyfishes in the Tropical West Pacific Waters
Marine Renewable Energy Technology Development


WESTPAC Programme and Project Groups

Marine Science and Applications

  •  Harmful Algal Bloom (WESTPAC-HAB)
•  Toxic Marine Organisms and their toxins (WESTPAC-TMO)
•  Ocean Remote Sensing Programme (WESTPAC-ORSP)
•  Responses of Marine Hazards to Climate Change (WESTPAC-ROSE)
•  Air-Sea Interaction in the Kuroshio Extension and its Climate Impact
•  South China Sea Fluvial Sediments and Environmental Changes (WESTPAC-FluSed)
•  Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and its Management (WESTPAC-MCBM)
•  Coral Reefs under Climate and Anthropogenic Perturbations (WESTPAC-CorReCAP)
•  DNA Taxonomy and Recruitment Monitoring of the Coral Reef Marine Organisms (DRMREEF)

Ocean Observations

  •  North East Asian Regional Global Ocean Observing System (NEAR-GOOS)
•  South East Asian Regional Global Ocean Observing System (SEAGOOS)
      •  Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social and Ecosystem Impact (SEAGOOS-MOMSEI)
      •  Ocean Forecasting Demonstration (SEAGOOS-OFS)


WESTPAC Capacity Development
UNESCO/IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centers on Marine Science (RTRC)

  IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (ODC)
  IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health (MarBEST)

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