The Center for Ocean Research in Hong Kong and Macau (CORE) successfully held the online annual Council Meeting on October 6, 2021. Participants of the meeting include Peter G. Brewer, Chairman of CORE Council Board and professor from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Prof. NI Mingxuan, President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), Prof. YE Yuru, Vice President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong) , Prof. PAN Kehou, Secretary General of Academic Committee of Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM), Ms. WANG Ning, Head of the Department of International Affairs of QNLM, GAN Jianping, Director of CORE and professor from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the research project leaders of the center.
Chaired by Prof. GAN Jianping, the meeting first invited Prof. Peter Brewer to give a greeting speech. He congratulated on the opening of the “cloud” meeting, complimented CORE for its fruitful research achievements in the past year, and expressed the willingness to have face-to-face communication in the near future as the COVID-19 diminished.
After that, the project leaders reported the highlights and progresses of the projects at the first stage of the Council Meeting. CORE has funded 8 research projects in 2020-2021 fiscal year applied by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the City University of Hong Kong, and the University of Macau, focusing on the research areas of regional ocean and atmospheric dynamics, regional ocean ecosystem and environmental processes, regional coupled ocean-atmosphere-ecosystem-pollution-environment modelling system for climate simulation and forecasting, and ocean big data information and applications. Brilliant progress has been made in the construction of multi-source heterogeneous ocean data dynamic visualization system, multi-disciplinary ocean comprehensive survey, and the development of the high-resolution physical-biogeochemical coupling simulation system of the China Sea.
Next, Prof. GAN Jianping reported to the Council Committee and asked for evaluation and deliberation of CORE annual report, work plan, budget, etc., which were approved by the Council Committee unanimously. Prof. PAN Kehou highly appraised the research achievements of CORE and hoped that CORE could combine with the development strategy of the Greater Bay Area in the future to strengthen on-site observation, investigation and research, especially focusing on carbon neutrality and emissions, marine disaster prevention and mitigation, and marine environment protection. He also proposed to pay more attention to the integration of multi-disciplines, collaborate with other disciplines in Hong Kong and Macao to explore the ocean altogether with the disciplines of space, earth and sea, so as to broaden scientific research perspectives, improve scientific research efficiency, and introduce new research projects. Prof. GAN Jianping expressed his heartfelt gratitude to QNLM for its strong support and input to CORE, and pointed out that the center has exerted profound influence in driving the development of marine research in Hong Kong and Macao. On-site observation surveys and research, intersecting big data, carbon neutrality and carbon emissions etc. will be included in CORE''s funding direction in the next year. Since its establishment, CORE worked as a bridge to connect QNLM with the research institutes in Hong Kong and Macao, and deeply integrated the two sides in terms of funding, resources, cooperation concepts, and marine scientific research. Moreover, both Prof. YE Yuru and Prof. NI Mingxuan said that the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong) and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) will strongly support the development of CORE. And Prof. Peter G. Brewer congratulated on the successful convening of the Council Meeting and wished the center a bright future.
CORE is jointly established by QNLM and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The two parties signed a joint agreement on August 3, 2019. It is an international marine research center that conducts interdisciplinary marine research. CORE brings together the superior scientific marine research professionals and scholars of Hong Kong and Macau, devotes to regional marine multidisciplinary research and collaborative innovation, and promotes the researches of ocean ecosystem, ocean resources, ocean sustainability, ocean change and climate change, and ocean economy in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The member institutions of CORE mainly include the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Macau.