WESTPAC Officers

WESTPAC Officers (Chairperson and Vice-chairpersons) are elected by delegates at each intergovernmental Session. They shall be from Member States in the region and serve for one Session and one intersessional period. They may be re-elected for one additional term of office.

At the 11th Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-XI, Qingdao, China, 21-23 April 2017), the Sub-Commission elected, by acclamation, Dr Vo Si Tuan from Vietnam as Chairperson; Dr Fangli Qiao from China, Dr Zainal Arifin from Indonesia, Dr Kentaro Ando from Japan as Vice-Chairpersons of the Sub-Commission for the next intersessional period.

  • Vo Si Tuan


  • Fangli Qiao


  • Zainal Arifin


  • Kentaro Ando


  • Previous WESTPAC Officers

WESTPAC Advisory Group

The WESTPAC Advisory Group, composed of the Officers of the Sub-Commission and up to five additional experts in relevant disciplines of marine science, has the responsibility to provide scientific and technical advice on the development, planning and implementation of the activities of the Sub-Commission.

The Head of the WESTPAC Office is an ex-officio member for the Group, and will be responsible for the follow-up and coordination of all actions/activities resulting from the WESTPAC Advisory Group.

WESTPAC Advisory Group Members (2017-2021)

  • Previous WESTPAC Advisory Groups

WESTPAC Programmes and Project Groups

Ocean Observations and Services

  1. North East Asian Regional-GOOS
  2. South East Asian Regional-GOOS
    • Monitoring the Ecological Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Coral Reef Ecosystems (OA)
    • Ocean Forecasting System (OFS)
    • Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social & Ecosystem Impacts (MOMSEI)
  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)

Marine Science and Applications

  1. Coral Reef Conservation (Formerly named as Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Conservation)
  2. Coral Reef Resilience to Climate Change and Human Impacts (Formerly named as Coral Reef under Climate and Anthropogenic Perturbations)
  3. DNA Taxonomy and Recruitment Monitoring of the Coral Reef Marine Organisms
  4. Marine Toxins and Seafood Safety
  5. Harmful Algal Blooms
  6. Ocean Remote Sensing for Coastal Habitat Mapping
  7. Enhancement of Sustainable Harmful Jellyfish Research & Networking in the Western Pacific region
  8. Marine Endangered Species
  9. Distribution, Source, Fate and Impacts of Marine Microplastics in the Asia Pacific
  10. South China Sea Fluvial Sediments and Environment Changes

WESTPAC Capacity Development

IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centers (RTRCs)

  1. IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (RTRC-ODC)
  2. IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Marine Biodiversity andEcosystem Health (RTRC-MarBEST)

WESTPAC Working Groups

  1. WG 006: Working Group on Energy and Materials Exchange between Land and Open Ocean (2017-2019)
  2. WG 005: Working Group on Ocean Oxygen Network (WESTPAC O2NE, 2017-2019)
  3. WG 004: Working Group on Marine Renewable Energy Technology Development (2012-2017)
  4. WG 003: Working Group on Mapping the Harmful Jellyfishes (2012-2017)
  5. WG 002: Working Group on World Ocean Assessment (2010-2015)
  6. WG 001: Working Group on Asian Dust and its Impact on Ocean Ecosystem (2010-2015)

Inter-Sessional Working Group

  1. Inter-Sessional Working Group on Feasibility Study on the Second Cooperative Study of the Kuroshio and Adjacent Regions