The sustainability initiative in the marginal seas of South and East Asia (SIMSEA) is a programme developed in Asia to meet the needs for transformative change towards global sustainability in Asia and the Pacific. Its objectives are:
- To co-design an integrative programme that would establish pathways to sustainability of the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia;and
- To play a catalytic role, among proj ects and programmes, facilitate cooperation, and close gaps in science for the benefit of societies
Programme development was initiated by the Regional Office and its partners the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. SIMSEA will promote the development of an international alliance of scientists working together to generate policy- and community-relevant knowledge towards sustainability of the marginal seas of South and East Asia. More information about the programme may be obtained from the link to the SIMSEA brochure given below.
The ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) recently published its annual report for the year 2014. The report documents the activities of ROAP highlighting key activities in its priority areas of work in health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment, hazards and disasters, and sustainable energy. The report also details the contributions made by ROAP towards the development of the new international platform for research on global sustainability called Future Earth, in Asia and the Pacific. Of particular significance is the primary role that ROAP played in the development of a new programme in Asia known as the Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia (SIMSEA). The Chair of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific who rotated out at the end of 2014 thanked all members and supporters of ICSU ROAP for their enthusiasm and excellent contributions to the work of ROAP. A copy of the annual report may be downloaded from the link provided below.
The planning group of the 4th regional capacity building workshop on psychological intervention after disasters (PIAD) that will be held in November 2015 met in Taipei (28 and 29 April 2015) to prepare plans for the implementation of the workshop in 2015. The meeting was hosted by the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk - International Center of Excellence (IRDR-ICoE) Academia Sinica, Taipei. PIAD is an activity led by the International Union of Psychological Sciences (IUPsyS). Academia Sinica will be the main sponsor and host of the workshop in 2015.
As in previous years, the workshop will:
- present participants with the most recent scientific and applied scientific knowledge and evidence relevant for psychological intervention after disasters;
- show the opportunities and constraints of working with particular target groups, such as children and adolescents;
- offer relevant knowledge provision, suitable for education and training in academic programs of psychology;
- help develop a regional network to support continuance in scientific knowledge dissemination and training in mental health support following disaster.
The 1st announcement of the workshop will be issued in May 2015.
The 19th meeting of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU RCAP) in Kuala Lumpur concluded today (24 April 2015) after a very productive meeting attended by all members of the Committee. This included attendance for the first time by two new members: Aswatini Raharto of Indonesia, and Jung-Hye Roe of Korea. The new ICSU Executive Director Heide Hackmann who is Ex-Officio member of the RCAP also attended the meeting. Details of their backgrounds may be found at http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific/about-icsu-roap/structure/regional-committee/?icsudocid=current-members. Professor Lourdes Cruz of the Philippines chaired the meeting of the Committee for the first time since election as Chair after the end of the period of appointment of the former chair, Dr Hongkum Lee of South Korea. Heide who joined ICSU at the beginning of March this year, enlightened the meeting with candid and frank exchanges with the members of the Committee who were most appreciative of the opportunity to interact with her. The Committee wished her every success in her role as Executive Director of ICSU.
The 18th Pacific Asian Marginal Seas (PAMS) meeting will be held in Okinawa on April 21-23, 2015, at the Naha City Bunka Tenbusu Center. It is organized by the Research Institute of Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University and University of the Ryukyus. The Pacific−Asian Marginal Seas comprise the marginal sea chain of the North-Western Pacific including the South and East China Seas, or the Seas of Japan or Okhotsk. This meeting was originally named as JECSS (Japan and East China Seas Study) started in 1981 as a small forum whose interests concern the Japan Sea (or East Sea) and the East China Sea exclusively. The meeting aims to bring all global professionals to exchange ideas and experiences related to this regional oceanography in the 18th PAMS meeting. The full programme of the meeting is available from the link given below.
The InterRidge Steering Committee is calling for contribution/participation to the Third InterRidge Theoretical Institute on "Magmatic and Tectonic Processes and Seabed Resources at Mid-Ocean Ridges".The Institute will be organized by InterRidge will take place in Hangzhou, China on September 25-27, 2015. The theoretical Third Decadal Plan (www.interridge.org) and the following co-conveners will lead the scientific programs of the theoretical institute.
Theme One: Magmatic and Tectonic Processes
Dr. Jian Lin (WHOI, USA), Co-Conveners
Dr. Marcia Maia (CNRS, France), Co-Conveners
Dr. Nobukazu Seama (Kobe University, Japan), Co-Conveners
Theme Two: Seabed Resources
Dr. Jiabiao Li (China), Co-Conveners
Dr. Sergei Silantyev (Russia), Co-Conveners
Dr. Jerome Dyment or Pascal Tarits (France), Co-Conveners
Travel funds will be provided by InterRidge for inviting international key-note speakers. The InterRidge office will begin to accept abstract submission from 1 May 2015 and the deadline for submitting title/abstract is July 2015. Pre-registrations will open in August 15, 2015..
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The Belmont Forum (www.igfagcr.org) has issued a call for funding of research to enhance understanding of mountain ecosystems and related ecosystem services. The Forum seeks to deliver knowledge needed for action to mitigate and adapt to detrimental environmental change and extreme hazardous events. According to the call, the mountain regions of the world have global societal relevance and it is necessary to quantify the ongoing and expected changes in mountain environments, with special emphasis on the water cycle, ecosystems and biodiversity. A global network of mountain research and monitoring stations needs to be developed in order to identify common problems as well as regional issues that should be addressed. It is also necessary to implement a modelling framework in order to develop climate, societal and environmental change scenarios specifically designed for mountain regions. Information about the call may be obtained from the link below. Additional information may also be obtained from the following website of Future Earth http://www.futureearth.org/news/mountains-sentinels-change-call-funding-pre-proposals-now-open.
The final report of the IUPsyS-led capacity building workshop on psychological intervention after disasters that was held in Mianyang China in December 2014 is now published on the IUPsyS website. It is also available for download from the link given below. The workshop was mainly sponsored by the Jacobs Foundation, with additional support from the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) through the Chinese Psychological Society (CPS), the International Council for Science Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP), the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), the International Centre of Excellence on Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR-ICoE) of the Academy of Sciences located in TaIpei and the Center for Applied Developmental Science (CADS) of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany. A total of 22 early career researchers from Asia and the Pacific participated in the workshop.
The ICSU-ROAP office offer their deepest condolences to the Ni-Vanuatu (people of Vanuatu) in the aftermath of the recent devastation brought about by Tropical Cyclone Pam, especially to the communities in the southern islands who were hardest hit. The ICSU-ROAP Steering Group on Natural Hazards is determined to continue striving towards its long-term goal of raising greater international awareness of the special vulnerability of small islands in the Pacific region to the threats of natural hazards, in order that meaningful disaster risk reduction can be better achieved for the future survival, sustainability and well-being of all island inhabitants.
The ICSU ROAP Regional Science Committee on Urban Health and Wellbeing met in Kuala Lumpur on 6 March 2015 to review the progress of its work on urban health and wellbeing, and plan for the future direction of the programme. The programme has two final regional pilot projects that are ready for funding - Planning Green Transportation for Better Urban Health under Climate Change from Chinese – Taipei and The Threat of Urban Development in a Thai Farming Community: A Systems Approach from Thailand. A third pilot project also on air pollution and urban health is being developed for Xiamen city in China. Dr Franz Gatzweiler, Executive Director of the newly established ICSU International Programme Office (IPO) on Urban Health and Well-Being based at the Institute for Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Xiamen, also attended the meeting. The Committee will continue to assist the pilot project teams to secure funding for their research by working together with the IPO. It will also continue strengthening the knowledge base and building capacities in the interdisciplinary and integrated systems approach to research on health and wellbeing. The meeting was hosted by the UNU International Institute for Global Health.
This 2nd SISMEA Japan workshop will be held at the University of Tokyo 9 March 2015. It is convened by Professors Toshio Yamagata of Application Laboratory, Japan Agency of Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and Mitsuo Uematsu of Center for International Collaboration, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI) of the University of Tokyo. The first SIMSEA Japan workshop was held at AORI in October 2014, and both social and natural scientists met to discuss possible ways they can contribute to the international SIMSEA research program. Research prioritization and scoping for the international SIMSEA was held in Manila in November 2014. The meeting was hosted by the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Natural and social scientists from Asia and the Pacific came together to determine key research priorities that would be promoted for development under the framework of the international SIMSEA program. This 2nd SIMSEA Japan workshop will bring lead researchers from Japan to further develop initial ideas raised during the 1st workshop on how researchers in Japan can engage and develop concrete research questions along the lines of the priorities identified in previous SIMSEA workshops. More information about the workshop is available from http://www.jamstec.go.jp/apl/e/workshop/20150309.html
The Steering Group on Natural Hazards and Risk (SGNHR) of ICSU ROAP met in Kuala Lumpur on 24 and 25 February 2015. The Group is chaired by James Terry, Professor at Zayed University. Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It has 4 other members, Kruawun Jankaew (Chulalongkorn University), Nigel Spear (SCOR), James Goff (University of New South Wales) and Jianxin Zhang (Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Science). Nigel joined the meeting briefly through Skype. Nordin Hasan the Director of ICSU ROAP is an ex officio member of the group. High on the agenda of the meeting were the participation of the SGNHR in the 4th International Tsunami Field Symposium (http://www.geo.sc.chula.ac.th/itfs2015/index.html) which will be held in March 2015 in Thailand, and on the role that the Steering Group would play in the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (http://www.wcdrr.org/) that will be held in Sendai, Japan, also in March 2015. The Steering Group discussed in detail steps that would be taken to enhance ties with catastrophe assessment needs of the Asian re-insurance industry.The SGNHR has also been successful in securing funding to support a two-year research project on coastal hazards in South-East Asia from Zayed University where the Chair is based. Additional funds from the National University of Singapore have also been committed for the project in its first year (2015).
Resolutions of the meeting are available for download from the link below.
The Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok will be organising the 4th International Tsunami Field Symposium, on 23 - 27 March 2015 in Phuket Thailand. The symposium is held once in 3 to 5 years to disseminate the science of tsunamis and integrate scientific findings with disaster mitigation. The organisers invite you to participate and share your research findings and views regarding tsunami science, technology and disaster mitigation. The major topics of the symposium are as follows;
- Science: Tectonophysics, impact to marine and coastal ecosystem, sedimentology and geomorphology
- Technology: Modeling and assessing hazards, risk evaluation damage estimation and detection, remote sensing and GIS
- Disaster Mitigation: Structural and non-structural countermeasures, disaster, preparedness and education
More information about the symposium may be found at http://www.geo.sc.chula.ac.th/itfs2015/introduction/index.html
The ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is an organising partner of the symposium.
The Steering Committee of the Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia (SIMSEA) met in Kuala Lumpur on 10 and 11 February to further develop the agenda for research in the marginal seas of Asia. The Committee is chaired by Professor Lourdes Cruz of the National Research Council of the Philippines and has four other members. SIMSEA is a research programme being developed by the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP) and its partners, the Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. The programmed is framed as a regional initiative of Future Earth, the new 10-year international research platform on global sustainability (http://www.futureearth.org/). At the centre of the discussion is the findings of the SIMSEA research prioritization workshop held in Manila in November last year (http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific/news-centre/news/latest-simsea-research-scoping-workshop-held-in-manila). The meeting recognised the need to enhance the co-design of solutions oriented research on sustainability in the marginal seas of South and East Asia and to engage with and involve larger numbers of researchers from the social sciences, especially in the design and conduct of research on transformations towards sustainability. The Committee recognised that the marginal seas of Asia will come under more severe pressure as the region further develops. It is optimistic that with greater knowledge and understanding from integrated multidisciplinary research, development in the region and that of the world as a whole, can stay within the planetary boundaries. A "kick-off" meeting of SIMSEA is planned to be held towards the end of the year.
The Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (better known as the SAKURA Exchange Program in Science) successfully hosted the visit to Japan of 10 young scientists from five countries in Asia (China, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, The Philippines, and Vietnam). The program is aimed at enhancing scientific exchange between Asia and Japan among youths who will have a more central role in the future of science and technology in their own countries. The exchange was coordinated by the Research Institute for Nature and Humanity (RIHN) a Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) institute based in Kyoto. The theme of this year’s programme was “Transformations toward Sustainability: Voices of Early-Career Asian Scholars”. Participants had to make a presentation of their work and experience of the topic. They visited the International Digital Earth Applied Science Research Center (IDEAS) at Chubu University near Nagoya, and participated in a dialogue on “Issues facing rural Japan: Local Eco-branding COOL VEGE & Micro-hydro Installation”, following an excursion to farm sites in Kameoka in Northern Kyoto. ICSU ROAP is a “sending organization” to the Programme.
Submissions of abstracts are invited for the forthcoming conference on spatial statistics that will be held in Avignon, France from 8-12 June 2015. Abstracts must reach organisers by 13 February 2015.
Spatial statistics is a rapidly developing field involving the quantitative analysis of spatial data and the statistical modelling of spatial variability and uncertainty. Spatial statistics is of critical importance to the use and interpretation of VGI, webservices, remotely sensed data and further processing within a GIS environment. Applications of spatial statistics are for a broad range of environmental disciplines (agriculture, geology, soil science, hydrology, ecology, oceanography, forestry, meteorology and climatology) as well as for socio-economic disciplines (human geography, spatial econometrics, epidemiology and spatial planning). The availability of GIS systems and affordable geospatial databases has fuelled the interest in the statistical analysis of geographic data. The theme, Emerging Patterns in Spatial Statistics will highlight trends on various topics such as ‘new sources of spatial data’, ‘predictive modelling’, ‘disease mapping’, ‘hazards, disasters and risks’, ‘climate change’ and ‘tipping points’.
The conference is a significant opportunity for participants to hear from leading scientists in the field and to network with colleagues in industry and academia to keep abreast of recent developments in this fast evolving field.
- Space-time statistics (e.g. point patterns models, estimation methods, large dimensions, scale issues)
- Spatial data quality and uncertainty
- Parameter estimation in PDEs
- Stochastic geometry, tesselation, point processes, random sets
- Spatial econometrics
- New spatial data sources (e.g. big, data, social media, Google, citizen science, crowd source maps)
- Image analyses (e.g. satellite images time series, DNA data, nano particles, nervous systems)
- Predictive modelling
- Tipping points (e.g. sea-level rise, socio-economic shifts)
- Hazards, disasters and risks (e.g. tsunamis, earthquakes, landslides, air pollution levels)
- Global change (e.g. stochastic weather generators)
- Health, medical and epidemiology
- Plant and animal epidemiology (emerging epidemics)
- Ecology (e.g. dispersion, migration, colonisation and invasion of species)
More information about the conference and details about abstract submission and registration may be found at the conference website http://www.spatialstatisticsconference.com/index.html
Professor Toshio Yamagata, a member of the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU RCAP) has been named the recipient of the Prince Albert I Medal for the year 2015. The award has been made in recognition of his ground-breaking work and exceptional contribution to the understanding of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation and the newly discovered Indian Ocean Dipole. Prof. Yamagata who is Emeritus Professor of the University of Tokyo and Director of Application Laboratory, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), is a pioneer and leader in ocean-atmosphere interaction dynamics. He has made ground-breaking contributions to our understanding of climate variability. In his early career he made fundamental contributions to this emerging field of research and introduced the concept of coupled ocean-atmospheric instability. He showed that when the two media meet, their interaction gives rise to new instabilities that in many aspects, resemble El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). In a landmark paper in Nature in 1999, he and his research group published a seminal paper entitled “A dipole mode in tropical Indian Ocean” that has fundamentally changed our understanding of the role of the Indian Ocean in climate variability. This work essentially created a new subfield of tropical climate research and laid the foundation for seasonal climate predictions in the Indian Ocean. Prof Yamagata is currently a member of the ICSU RCAP Steering Committee of a new initiative known as the Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia (SIMSEA). This programme is being developed by ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP) and the RCAP and it partners. It will seek to address science, technology, management and sustainability issues in the marginal seas of Asia in the framework of the 10-year research programme under the new international platform for research on global sustainability, Future Earth (http://www.futureearth.org). More information about the award may also be found at the following website http://iapso.iugg.org/medals-and-awards/the-prince-albert-I-medal
Participants in discussion with subject specialists Barry Newell and Katrina Proust. Professor Shen is at extreme left.
ICSU ROAP and its partners, the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the newly established International Programme Office on Urban Health and Wellbeing is conducting a systems thinking workshop for a team of Chinese researchers on 11 and 12 December 2014, in Xiamen, China where the IUE is located. This will be the last activity organised by ICSU ROAP for 2014. A group at IUE, led by Professor Heqing Shen, is developing an urban air quality and public health pilot project that will adopt the systems approach. The workshop will build on an earlier systems thinking workshop that ICSU ROAP held in Kuala Lumpur in January 2013. The workshop will also introduce the new ICSU-UNU-IAMP International Programme on urban health and wellbeing, with its systems thinking and system dynamics approach, to a wider group of scientists. It will focus on the interplay between urban design, environment, and population health and wellbeing. It will encourage systems thinking, and provide an opportunity to practise system-analysis skills. The workshop will help participants build skills in the design of systems projects, facilitate co-production of knowledge, and strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration. These are essential elements in efforts to improve decision-making and to link policy with science.
Workshop participants, faculty and volunteers pose with President SWUST Mianyang, Sichuan, China,December 2014
The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and partners are conducting a workshop on psychological intervention after disasters (PIAD) on 8 – 11 December 2014 in Mianyang, China. The workshop is a continuation of the series of similar workshops* dealing with psychological research and practice concerning disasters, and how individuals and communities deal with disasters and its effects on their biopsychosocial well-being. It is organized by IUPsyS and its partners, the Chinese Psychological Society, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the International Council for Science, Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific (ICSU ROAP), the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU/IIGH), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Centre of Excellence (IRDR ICoE) located in Taipei and the Center for Applied Developmental Science (CADS), Friedrich Schiller University, Jena. The workshop is funded mainly by the Jacobs Foundation, Zurich (http://jacobsfoundation.org/who-we-are/) with in-kind and other contributions from partners. The workshop is hosted at the Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang, Sichuan Province, China www.english.swust.edu.cn/s/198/t/623/p/1/c/2836/d/2854/list.htm
The workshop will bring up-to-date relevant basic and applied science to young investigators and academically trained practitioners of psychology in Asia and the Pacific. An international faculty from various fields of psychology who are experts in their fields will provide lectures and guidance during the workshop. Lecture topics will include a combination of basic, applied, and translational research related to short and long-term consequences of disasters for human behavior and development in adolescence and adulthood, addressing not only negative effects but also posttraumatic growth. Participants will be introduced to cutting edge research concerning the role of specific contexts such as family and community, to particular manifestations of strain such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and to various means of evidence-based preventive means and interventions to support recovery. A prime emphasis will be on the cultural awareness needed when generalizing scientific approaches, and on roots of individual and collective differences in responses to disasters, such as personality and resilience. The sessions will emphasize methodological rigor as a common denominator of all science, including information on longitudinal research on survivors of disasters and the analysis of randomized control trials and other ecologically feasible methodologies.
*Past Workshop reports: http://www.iupsys.net/events/capacity-building-workshops/index.html
A workshop to scope SIMSEA activities in its initial year was launched on 19 November 2014. The two-day workshop is hosted by the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Prior to the workshop a questionnaire survey was conducted by the organisers to identify priorities for research under the programme. The prioritization process followed the method described in Sutherland et al. (2011). The questionnaire was administered among stakeholders of the marginal seas to survey research priorities in the physical, ecological, and social sciences that need to be investigated in response to the needs of society. The topics would fit under the sub-themes of Future Earth i.e. A Dynamic Planet; Global Development; and Transformations to Sustainability. The results of the survey was deliberated during the workshop involving about 20 thought leaders familiar with past and on-going research in the SIMSEA region. The workshop programme may be downloaded from the link below.