On September 19, CLIVAR 2016 was held at Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM), chaired by Prof. Wu Lixin, Director of QNLM. On the participant list there were over 600 marine and atmospheric scientists from more than 250 research institutions in 50 countries and regions including USA, UK, France and Germany as well as representatives from the World Meteorological Organization, UNESCO/IOC and other key international organizations.
Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Vice Director-General of UNESCO and Executive Secretary of UNESCO/IOC, Dr. Guy Brasseur, Chair of WCRP Joint Scientific Committee, Academician Liu Congqiang, Vice President of Natural Science Foundation of China(NSFC), Mr. Guo Zhiwei, Vice Director General of Department of Basic Research, Ministry of Science and Technology(MOST) and Mr.Zhang Xinqi, Mayor of Qingdao and Vice President of QNLM Governing Council addressed the opening ceremony. They commended CLIVAR on its commitment to the state-of-the-art science and its far-reaching impact on social development. Chairman Guy Brasseur stressed that he was very glad to see a large number of young scientists engaged in climate research, and that basic research is still on the agenda. He believed this conference would provide an excellent opportunity for scientific exchanges. Vladimir Ryabinin said that it’s necessary to improve the observation on the earth and ocean systems, to promote the sharing of research results, to strengthen communication and exchange, and to pool the strengths on all relevant fronts, to which CLIVAR has made remarkable contributions.
Prof. Detlef Stammer, Co-Chairman of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Committee, noted that this was the second CLIVAR Open Science Conference coinciding with the 20th anniversary of CLIVAR, 12 years after the first CLIVAR conference. The conference reviewed the research progress on dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interaction, and predictability of the ocean-atmosphere coupled system. There were discussions on exploring new approaches to tackling challenges in climate sciences, training of the next generation of climate scientists, identifying major outstanding issues for climate research, strengthening cross-country and multi-disciplinary collaboration and facilitating communication and cooperation among young scientists.
This is undoubtedly the most important conference on ocean and climate held in China. A large number of Chinese scientists also attended the conference. Academician Liu Congqiang noted that the NSFC would continue to support Chinese scientists and QNLM to engage in programs and activities of WCRP and CLIVAR in marine and climate research. He believed that Chinese scientists would make their due contribution to global climate change adaptation and mitigation and to realizing UN’s New Millennium Development Goals. Guo Zhiwei, Vice Director General of MOST said that MOST stated in the “13th Five-Year Plan on Innovation of Science and Technology”that in response to national demand for prevention and mitigation of climate change and natural disaster, a group of field observation stations would be established, and science surveys and research would be conducted on the fast changes in polar regions and their impact on polar regions, global climate, environment, ecology and human activities. According to Guo, MOST will continue to support researches and applications on climate change. Zhang Xinqi, QNLM Vice President and Mayor of Qingdao made the concluding remark, saying that Qingdao, as China’s marine science city, would make great efforts to pool resources on marine science and technology supported by QNLM and major infrastructure facilities. He said Qingdao would strive to emerge as the national center of marine science by further implementing “Ocean+” Action. He hoped that this conference would enhance the exchange and cooperation among marine and climate institutions around the world to contribute to the realization of the UN New Millennium Development Goals.
After the opening ceremony, Prof. Thomas Stocker from Bern University, Switzerland made the keynote speech titled “Anthropogenic Climate Change: Time to Focus on Ocean”, followed by 21 reports by scientists from across the globe on three themes of energy, carbon and water. All the talks were followed by lively discussion.
CLIVAR is one of the world’s most important research programs on ocean and climate change. The successful convening of this conference will contribute to determining the direction for the world’s climate research in the next decade. It will boost China’s research and education in ocean and climate change, and will help QNLM on its way towards being a truly global platform for collaborative innovation and a world-class marine research institute.
Prof. Detlef Stammer, Co-Chair of CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group and Co-Chair of Scientific Organizing Committee of CLIVAR 2016 OSC addressed the meeting.
Prof.Guy Brasseur, Chair of WCRP Joint Scientific Committee addressed the meeting.
Prof.LIU Congqiang, Vice President of Natural Science Foundation of China addressed the meeting.
Mr.GUO Zhiwei, Deputy Director General of Department of Basic Research, Ministry of Science and Technology of China addressed the meeting.
Mr.ZHANG Xinqi, Vice President of QNLM and Mayor of Qingdao addressed the meeting.
Dr. WU Lixin, Director of QNLM moderated the meeting.
Group photo of all the participants