IOC Sub-Commission

for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

New Version of SEAGOOS Ocean Forecasting System


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. 



  • - Establishing a regional ocean forecasting system with higher resolution for Southeast Asia Areas;
  • - Improving the application of OFS to scientific research and ocean governance;
  • - Enhancing regional and national capacity for ocean modeling development, data assimilation, and model validation.

Project Steering Group


Project Leader:
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:
Somkiat Khokiattiwong, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand
Fredolin Tangang, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia
Noraeini Bt Mokhtar, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia
Budi Sulistiyo, Research and Development Agency for Marine and Fisheries Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia

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