IOC Sub-Commission

for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Ocean forecast system can provide crucial information of ocean circulation, sea surface temperature, ocean surface wave, sediment and marine organisms (larvae or planktonic form) transport for activities related to oil and gas exploration, fisheries, navigation, marine parks management and coastal recreational activities. However, an operational ocean forecast system is yet to be developed for this region. 

Hence to cater these needs, this project aims to develop an ocean forecasting system on a pilot basis in identified areas of Peninsular Malaysia’s eastern shelf and Gulf of Thailand, through developments of wave-tide-circulation coupled numerical model for the identified area and model validation on observation. The utmost goal for this project is to enhance the ocean forecast capability in each participating country through transfer of technology, and knowledge exchange of existing ocean models.

The Ocean Forecasting Demonstration System (OFDS) for the Southeast Asian Waters is developed as one of SEAGOOS Pilot Projects under the auspices of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific ( IOC / WESTPAC). The project was established by the Sub-Commission at its 8th Intergovernmental Session (WESTPAC-VIII) in Bali, Indonesia, 10-13 May 2010. The project is proposed and headed by Prof. Fredolin Tangang of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and is a regional collaborative effort of three countries at its initial stage, i.e. China, Malaysia and Thailand.


To develop an ocean forecasting system for the southern region of the South China Sea with focus on the Gulf of Thailand (GoT) and Peninsular Malaysia’s eastern shelf (PMES)
To enhance understanding of some key processes and scientific issues in the region
To improve regional capacity in numerical ocean modeling

Expected outcomes

High-resolution regional ocean forecasting system for GoT and PMES
Enhanced understanding of key processes and scientific issues of regional ocean in the region
Enhanced regional capacity in numerical ocean modeling


Project Steering Group

Project Leader:
Prof Dr Fangli Qiao
First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China
6 Xian-Xia-Ling Road, Hi-Tech Industry Park, Qingdao P.R.China. 266061
Tel: +86-532-88967400 Fax: +86-532-88967400 E-mail:

Members of Project Steering Group:
Professor Dr. Fredolin Tangang, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr. Somkiat Khokiattiwong, SEAGOOS Coordinator, Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC), Thailand

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