IOC Sub-Commission

for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)


The main objectives of the project are as follows:

1. To quantify the trends of the typical marine hazards, including Typhoon and storm surge, sea level rise, marine ecosystem especially HAB, in the context of global climate change, and to assess the impacts of the hazards on the marine system and human society in the western Pacific and northeast Indian Ocean areas.

2. To improve our understanding of the physical processes of marine hazards and their responding mechanisms to global climate change by both dynamic analysis and numerical methods.

3. With increased understanding of the mechanisms of the marine hazard feedback to global change, to develop the predictive capacity for climate change and the ocean responses, and provide scientific supports to the governments to mitigate the losses caused by marine hazards.

4. To enhance the international cooperation within the WESTPAC member states.

The expected output of the projects are as follows:

1. Scientific knowledge improved with scientific papers published on the variability of marine hazards in the context of climate change;

2. Development of an ocean reanalysis system for the Western Pacific region; Prediction report on the trend of Tropical Cyclones;

3. development of the state-of-the-art wave-tide-circulation coupled model suitable for the Western Pacific region; New generation climate model suitable for the Western Pacific region.

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