Upon the kind offer of the Government of Vietnam, the WESTPAC 9th International Scientific Symposium entitled “A Healthy Ocean for Prosperity in the Western Pacific: Scientific Challenges and Possible Solutions” will be hosted by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), and organized by the Institute of Oceanography, VAST; National IOC Committee for Vietnam and IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC).
The objectives of the Symposium are to bring together marine scientists, particularly young scientists, with a view to examining the achievements in marine sciences over the last 25 years, advancing marine scientific knowledge, and catalyzing multi- and cross-disciplinary collaboration towards the improvement in management practices and decision-making processes for sharing the wealth of the ocean to benefit all.
All sessions are open to all participants, and will focus around three main themes: (1) Understanding Ocean Processes in the Indo-Pacific Region; (2) Ensuring Marine Biodiversity, Food Safety and Security; and (3) Maintenance of Ocean Health.
Understanding Ocean Processes in the Indo-Pacific Region
● Role of the Indo-Pacific Ocean in regional climate change and variability
● Status, trends and effects of climate, natural disturbances and anthropogenic stressors on ocean ecosystems
● Risk/vulnerability assessment on coastal sea-level related hazards focusing on sea level rise, storm surges and coastal erosion
● Sediment source-to-sink process in the Western Pacific
Ensuring Marine Biodiversity, Food Safety and Security
● Status, trends of marine biodiversity and productivity (including marine endangered species, invasive species, etc.)
● Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
● Toxic marine organisms and seafood safety
Maintenance of Ocean Health
● Changing ocean biogeochemistry and its ecosystem impact (particularly nutrient supply and cycles, hypoxia, POPs and heavy metals)
● Ocean acidification and its effects on marine ecosystems
● Harmful algal blooms
● Restoration and conservation of marine ecosystems
● Remote sensing in integrated coastal and marine management
Cross-cutting and Emerging Issues
● Development and demonstration of ocean forecasting system
● Technical and technological developments, and data management in coastal and open ocean observations
● Marine renewable energy
● Good practices in, and lessons learnt from capacity development for marine science and ocean governance
Moreover, one Senior Officials Forum is being planned in view of the importance of engaging governmental officials in charge of marine science, observation and capacity building.