Ocean processes and climate change

Ocean observation and analysis, MOMSEI cruise in the Eastern Indian Ocean, 2012.

The ocean plays a fundamental role in shaping the climate zones on land. The Indo-Pacific is universally recognized as one major influence on the global climate system as it receives the strongest levels of solar irradiances on the planet and affecting global atmosphere and ocean circulation systems. It has an important role in regional ocean-climate processes such as the Asian-Australian Monsoon and also shorter time scale severe weather events such as typhoons and cyclones. Combinations and interactions among these phenomena cause significant climate variability over the region, with profound meteorological effects transmitting to adjacent and relatively remote land masses.

From process study and observations to model development and forecasting, WESTPAC endeavors to help Member States enhance understanding on these complex processes, and prepare for climate variability and change, ocean-related risks and opportunities.

  1. North East Asian Regional-GOOS
  2. South East Asian Regional-GOOS
  3. Air-Sea Interaction in the Kuroshio Extension and its Climate Impact
  4. Upwelling Studies through Ocean Data Integration towards Sustaining Ocean Health and Productivity
  5. Indo-Pacific Ocean Environmental Variations and Air-Sea Interactions (IPOVAI)