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The First Planning Workshop of -Eastern Indian Ocean Upwelling Research Initiative-

1. Date and time
April 25 and 26, 2013
2. Venue
Miyoshi Memorial Hall. Yokohama Institute for Earth Science, JAMSTEC
3. Agenda (PDF 53KB)
Local host:
Research Institute for Global Change, JAMSTEC
Eastern Indian Ocean occupies a part of the tropical warm water pool, where large amplitude intraseasonal, seasonal, and interannual variations occur in association with active air-sea interactions. In addition, the Bay of Bengal is known as a unique ocean basin that strongly affected by fresh water inputs through rainfall and river discharge. Coastal and open ocean upwelling is one of the key phenomena in both regions, connecting physical and biogeochemical/ecological processes.
Despite such importance of upwelling systems on climate and environmental variations in the eastern Indian Ocean, our understanding of physical and biogeochemical processes and their interactions in that region are rather limited, due to sparseness of in situ observations and also because of no strategic interdisciplinary research program in the past.
To provide basic oceanic and surface meteorological information for climate related researches in the Indian Ocean, the Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS) has been implemented under international coordination of the CLIVAR/GOOS Indian Ocean Panel (IOP) since 2004, providing high-quality, real-time data to the scientific community. In 2010, a group of researches with focus on chemical, biological, and ecosystem processes in the Indian Ocean initiated the Sustained Indian Ocean Biogeochemistry and Echosystem Research (SIBER), which is an international research program under IMBER and IOGOOS. Since their very beginning, SIBER and IOP have realized the potential for synergy and common interests, and are keen in developing them through the back to back annual panel meetings.
Such international research programs provide appropriate backgrounds for interdisciplinary research collaborations. We have been trying to enhance such collaborations through organizing sessions during major international conferences. A recent example is a session "Physical and biogeochemical processes in the Indian Ocean: Recent progress and toward future collaborations" in AOGS 2012 at Singapore. It is recognized from the recent 9th IOP and 3rd SIBER panel meetings held in Cape Town on Oct. 15-17, 2012, that it is now the right time to establish an international, multi-disciplinary research initiative, based on RAMA/IndOOS and SIBER activities, to further advance our understanding on the physical and biogeochemical/ecological variability in the eastern Indian Ocean associated with upwelling systems. This initiative is also a quick response to the recently call for collaboration between WCRP and IGBP. The CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group has also defined "Marine bio-physical interactions and the dynamics of upwelling systems" as one of the five Research Challenges that will drive CLIVAR science in the next 5 to 10 years. Furthermore, it is one of the series of community activities to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE), which was the one of the greatest international, interdisciplinary oceanographic research efforts of all time, lasting from 1959 into 1965.
It is therefore agreed from 9th IOP and 3rd SIBER that two international workshops will be conducted in 2013, respectively in April in JAMSTEC, Japan, and in Nov, in FIO, China, to develop the Science Plan and Implementation Strategy for Eastern Indian Ocean Upwelling Research Initiative.
Now you are cordially invited to attend the First Planning Workshop of Eastern Indian Ocean Upwelling Research Initiative, which will be held on Apr. 25-26, 2013, in JAMSTEC, Japan.
Purposes of the meeting:
●To discuss scientific issues and topics, including observational and modeling strategies, which should be covered by the Eastern Indian Ocean Upwelling Research Initiative.
●To discuss observational requirements for this initiative: Whether the existing observations (IndOOS) are sufficient, if not what are the new observations required to meet the above scientific issues,
●To make a position paper for he Eastern Indian Ocean Upwelling Research Initiative
Expected participants:
Researchers who are interested in physical and biogeochemical/ecological studies associated with upwelling systems and related phenomena in the eastern Indian Ocean are all welcome to join the planning meeting/workshop.
Travel budget support:
Unfortunately, we do not have special funding for this meeting, and basically all the participants are expected to be supported by their own funding.
If you are interested in participating this meeting, and/or if you have any questions, comments, and inputs for the meeting, please contact Yukio Masumoto (masumoto@jamstec.go.jp).
Those who would like to present your works related to this research initiative and/or your plans for the initiative, please express your intention by sending an e-mail to Yukio Masumoto (masumoto@jamstec.go.jp), with tentative title of your talk(s), at your earliest convenience.