UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (UNESCO/IOC-ODC)


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  • 2017: Training Course on Development of Coupled Regional Ocean Models, Qingdao, China, 12-23 June 2017


The UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (hereinafter referred to as ˇ°ODC Centerˇ±) was officially established through one Agreement signed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the host institute, the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration (FIO, SOA) of China, at the Eighth Intergovernmental Session of UNESCO/IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-VIII) in Bali, Indonesia in May 2010.

ODC Center was built to provide advanced training and education for young scientists, promote exchange among experts within and outside regional ocean research and initiate cutting-edge research on ocean and climate model development. As the first UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center, ODC center was inaugurated on 9 June 2011 at the host institute of the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration of China. During the past 6 years, six training courses with the subjects of Ocean Models (10¨C16 June 2011), Ocean Dynamics (16-22 July 2012), Air-Sea Interaction and Modelling (12¨C23 August 2013), Climate Models (3-14 November 2014), Climate Change (7-18 September 2015) and Ocean Dynamics and Multi-scales Interaction (5-16 September 2016) had been held successfully. Totally, 276 trainees from 32 countries have been trained.

As per the Agreement, ˇ°the objectives of the Center shall be to enhance the regional research capacity and capability on ocean dynamics, air-sea interactions, climate change and numerical modeling through, among others, provisions of regular training courses in English once a year to around 15-20 junior scientists and doctoral/master students mainly from the developing member states of IOC in the Western Pacific.ˇ±

To this end, with the constructive suggestions and overwhelming interests received from the previous training courses, this training course on development of coupled regional ocean models will be held on 12-23 June 2017.

Objectives and Scope of the Training Course

This training course is designed to develop the capacity of member states in the Western Pacific (suitable candidates from outside the region will also be welcome), who are involved in the development of coupled regional ocean models. The training will cover topics related to regional surface wave model, tide model, ocean circulation model and their coupling.

Expected Outcomes

In addition to establishing the regional network of ocean research, the trainees are expected to improve their understanding on the wave-tide-circulation coupled model and practices on the simulation in regional and coastal regions.

Date and Venue

The training course will be conducted from 12 to 23 June 2017 in Qingdao, China. More information about this center and this training course can be found on the website of the ODC Center at http://www.fio.org.cn/en/training_center/index.htm and the website of WESTPAC at http://iocwestpac.org.

Lecturers and Agenda for the Training Course

Experienced experts on climate model within and outside the region will serve as lecturers of this training course. Lecturers are listed as follows. Detailed agenda for the training course will be updated on the website of WESTPAC (http://iocwestpac.org) and the website of the ODC Center (http://www.fio.org.cn/en/training_center/index.htm).

Prof Fangli Qiao

First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China

Prof Yu-heng Tseng

National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA
Prof Tal Ezer

Old Dominion University, USA

Prof Vladimir Maderich
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine

Prof Jianping Gan

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong, China                

Prof Qiang Wang

Alfred Wegener Institute, German

Prof Luigi Cavaleri

National Research Council - Institute  of Marine Sciences, Italy


Working Language

The training course will be conducted in English.


Trainees will be selected mainly from WESTPAC member states with priority given to those young scientists and junior technical staff who have experience in studying the climate system and/or have Doctoral degrees in related major. The applicants should have a good command of English.

Financial Assistance for Participants

The ODC Center will provide financial support for about 15 trainees mainly from developing countries. A selection committee will be set-up with a view to selecting the most qualified experts among applications to receive financial assistance. The information filled in the attached application form will be of great help for the selection process.

Deadline for Application

The filled-in application form shall be sent to Dr Xunqiang Yin and with a copy to Ms Nachapa Saransuth at the following addresses no later than 10 April 2017. All applicants will be informed of the final selection result no later than 30 April 2017. A certain number of self-funded applicants will be also selected to take part in this training course.


Selected trainees traveling to China probably need to apply for entry visa to China in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. Please check the visa requirements with the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your country and apply for it as soon as possible. The local secretariat (Dr Xunqiang Yin) will be glad to provide you any assistance upon your request.

ODC training Programme and Useful Information

Draft ODC training program and useful information (restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, etc.)  are presented in this PDF.

Contacting Information

Dr Xunqiang Yin                                                              Ms Nachapa Saransuth
UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and                                    Programme Assistant

Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate              UNESCO/IOC Regional Office for
First Institute of Oceanography                                          the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)
Qingdao, P. R. China                                                          Tel: +66 2 141 1288
Tel/Fax: + 86-532-8896 7415                                          Fax: +66 2 143 9245
E-mail: odc_center@fio.org.cn                                           E-mail: n.saransuth@unesco.org



 (1) Announcement (PDF) and General Information (PDF)

 (2) Online application

       Fill in details using the following address, and send us the completed signature form (DOC).

 (3) Offline application

       If the online is not available for you, an offline register form (DOC) can be filled in and send it to us together

       with your CV.

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