We have the pleasure to inform you that the WESTPAC International Training Course on Ocean Forecasting System will take place from 2 to 7 July 2018 at the UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (RTRC-ODC center). This training will be organized back to back with the CLIVAR-FIO Summer School on “Past, present and Future Sea Level changes” (25 - 30 June 2018). Interested applicants could consider attending the training course or the two events.

You may recall that in 2010 the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO approved, by its Resolution EC-XLIII.2, the establishment of a Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (RTRC-ODC) at the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration of China.

In accordance with the agreement and its objectives, the RTRC-ODC, in addition to advancing international cooperative research, shall annually organize regular training courses to enhance the regional research capacity and capability on ocean dynamics, air-sea interaction, climate change and numerical modeling, promote interactions between experienced oceanographers and students.

Since its inauguration in 2011, the RTRC-ODC organized seven training courses on: Ocean Models (10–16 June 2011); Ocean Dynamics (16-22 July 2012); Air-Sea Interaction and Modeling (12–23 August 2013); Climate Models (3-14 November 2014); Climate Change (7-18 September 2015); Ocean Dynamics and Multi-scales Interaction (5-16 September 2016); and Development of Coupled Regional Ocean Models (12-23 June 2017). A total of 312 young scientists from 33 countries have participated in these training courses, with some of them continuously engaged in relevant cooperative research programmes, particularly in the Western Pacific and its adjacent regions.

The training in 2018 is designed to comprehensively introduce the development of regional ocean forecasting systems with topics covering from ocean data assimilation, forecast of wave, tide and circulation, to interpretation of numerical results and present development practices of regional OFS.

Updated information will be made available, in due course, at this WESTPAC website (http://iocwestpac.org), and the RTRC-ODC website (http://www.fio.org.cn/en/training_center/index.htm).

We encourage all Official National Coordinating Bodies for Liaison with the IOC in the Western Pacific to nominate one or more qualified young scientists to attend either the International Training Course or the two events. Some limited funding is available to support participants from developing countries. A joint selection committee will be established with priority given to young scientists and junior technical staff who have experience in coupled regional ocean models or have master/doctoral degree in related fields.

We would appreciate your assistance in providing detail of suitable trainees from your country by sending the application forms duly completed to Xunqiang Yin at RTRC-ODC (odc_center@fio.org.cn) and Nachapa Saransuth at the WESTPAC Office (n.saransuth@unesco.org), before 15 April 2018.