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IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

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Join the collective CSK-2 efforts in improving the understanding of the Kuroshio, its adjacent areas and ecosystems, to improve regional weather forecasts and climate predictions, and inform fisheries and aquaculture management.

The IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) is pleased to invite you to join the first International Scientific Symposium of CSK-2, which is to be held on 20 February 2023, Thailand, in a hybrid mode.

The Symposium is open to any experts and relevant stakeholders who are interested in the CSK-2. Topics will focus on, but not limited to, scientific advancement on the Kuroshio, its adjacent areas and ecosystems. Any new initiatives or data management issues, related to the Kuroshio are also welcome! Ideas from Early Career Ocean Professionals are strongly encouraged.

Following the symposium, the Third Meeting of the CSK-2 International Steering Group will take place on 21-22 February 2023. The IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific established an International Steering Group (ISG) to provide guidance and oversight on the development and implementation of the CSK-2 program.

The ISG was convened two times virtually on 8 December 2021 and 20 June 2022, respectively.  The third meeting of ISC will be held on 21-22 February 2022, succeeding the CSK-2 Science Symposium on 20 February.  We encourage the ISG members to join the Symposium. Should you wish to make a presentation at the Symposium, please submit your abstract (less than 500 words) and descriptive CV (less than 200 words) to by 10 January 2023.  Some symposium participants may be invited to join the 3rd ISG meeting.

The third ISG meeting will be held in a hybrid mode. Specifically, the ISG will brief on the progress made since the 13th WESTPAC Session (April 2021); review, make recommendations on, and endorse new initiatives to be part of the CSK-2 program; and plan the CSK-2 activities over the next intersessional period.


20 February 2023 (UTC+7, Bangkok Time)
0830-0900 Opening & group photo
0900-1230 Critical science in CSK-2
1230-1400 Lunch time
1400-1630 Proposals on CSK-2 projects
1630-1730 Other matters & wrap up
1730-1740 Closing
21-22 February 2023 (UTC+7, Bangkok Time)
1. Opening and self-introduction
2. Major progress since its establishment at the 13th WESTPAC Session (April 2021)
3. Review of new initiatives
4. National or institutional reports on CSK-2
5. Administrative, and technical arrangements for CSK-2
6. Other matters
7. Closure of the meeting