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Marine Science and Applications

Ocean Observations and Services

Capacity Development

Cruise track during the two Yellow Sea-East China Sea Cruise Experiment, 2011

The first goal was accomplished with the presentation of 21 science talks over two days. These were delivered by both senior researchers and students and presented a comprehensive coverage of essential problems facing ADOES and other studies of ocean-dust interactions. Enhancing collaboration and coordination of work within ADOES and with other dust studies was discussed in an afternoon session on the second day to end the formal workshop. This included a brief overview by Professor William Miller about the SOLAS Mid-Term Strategy and the role of ADOES as a leader and model for excellent regional scientific collaborations in promoting these plans. Professor Huiwang Gao presented a concise overview of initiatives that ADOES could pursue in the coming year including the ability for samples to be collected for distribution on upcoming Chinese cruises. It is clear from the successful 5th ADOES workshop activities in Nagasaki that the ADOES group is making good progress in addressing the important scientific questions related to the interactions between Asian dust and ocean ecosystems.

Joint 6th Workshop on Asian Dust and Ocean EcoSystem (ADOES) with Asian SOLAS was held on 5-9 October 2011 in Qingdao, China. More than 50 participants attended the workshop and 29 scientists from China, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United State were invited to present their latest research results and findings, with a focus on Asian dust and its potential impact on marine ecosystem. They include: recent experimental results on impact of Asian dust on marine ecosystem, new particle bursts and aerosol optical properties recently observed in the coastal areas and impact of radioactive materials leakage from the Fukushima nuclear plant on marine environments. Building on these findings, scientists from Ocean University of China, Fudan University, Peking University and Institute of Physical (CAS) also had a group discussion in the workshop for jointly submitting a proposal to deepen current studies on relationship between atmospheric deposition and ocean primary activities. The proposal will also attempt to understand the impact of ocean emissions on regional climate.

2. Fieldwork

Field observation on Qianliyan Island R/V Hakuhomaru: May 18 - June 4, 2010  

Three cruises and field experiment on island were carried out in 2011. Some scientific results were already reported and published.

Two Yellow Sea-East China Sea Cruise: Researchers from Ocean University of China conducted two 3-weeks cruise experiments over Yellow Sea and East China Sea onboard R/V Dongfanghong II, during Mar.17-Apr.10 and Oct. 16-Nov.6, 2011. 

Field observation on Qianliyan Island (within the Yellow Sea): From Apri.23 to May 07, Ocean University of China conducted 2-weeks field observation for atmospheric chemistry on Qianliyan Island which is 64 km away from the inland of Shandong Peninsula.

Japanese research cruises (R/V Hakuho maru: May 18 - June 4, 2010 and R/V Tansei maru: September 23-October 3, 2010) for METMOP (Marine Ecosystem Transit from Marginal seas to Open Pacific)as the ADOES activity were carried out in the western North Pacific and celebrated the 50th Anniversary of IOC. Two Chinese and one Thai graduate students were invited the R/V Hakuho maru and experienced the chemical analysis and share the samples. Prof. Huiwan Gao from China joined the R/V Tansei maru cruise and exchange the scientific knowledge.

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