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

  • 2016: Training Course on Ocean Dynamics and Multi-Scales Interaction, Qingdao, China, 5-16 September 2016

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.

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 5years, 4 5training courses with the subjects of Ocean Modeling, Ocean Dynamics, Air-sea Interaction and Climate Models and Climate Change respectively had been held successfully. Totally, 239 trainees from 33countries 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 Ocean Dynamics and Multi-Scales Interaction will be held on 5-16 September 2016.

   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 research and analysis of ocean processes. The training will cover topics related to ocean dynamics and multi-scales interaction, generation and development of large-,meso- and small- scale ocean dynamics processes, and their mechanisms, multi-scales interactions and induced heat and fresh water transport, wave-tide-circulation coupled theory and models.

   Expected Outcomes

In addition to establishing the regional network of ocean research, the trainees are expected to improve their understanding multi-scale processes of the regional ocean and their dynamics, and to enhance their ability in studying the ocean processes, and exchange the application practices.

   Date and Venue 

The training course will be conducted from 5 to 16 September 2016 in Qingdao, China.

   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 this website.

Prof Dong-Ping WANG
Stony Brook University, USA
Prof Fangli QIAO
First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China
Prof Dejun DAI
First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China
Dr  Xunqiang YIN
First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China

Dr Hongyu MA

First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China
Prof Quanan ZHENG
University of Maryland, USA
Dr Lingling XIE
Guangdong Ocean University, China
University of Maryland, USA
   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 ODC center (odc_center@fio.org.cn)and with a copy to Ms Nachapa Saransuth (n.saransuth@unesco.org) no later than 30 June 2016. All applicants will be informed of the final selection result no later than 10 July 2016. 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.


 (1) Application with details on webpage of http://ioc.fio.com.cn:8080/odc/tijiao.jsp

 (2) Application form for signature (DOC)

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