SPICE UPNG Summer school

 Workshop on the Southwest Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate 

Co-organization by

University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG)

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) 

 

SCOPE 

Waters from the South Pacific Ocean are transported toward the equator by strong currents, against the coasts of Australia and Papua-New Guinea. As a result, a very large amount of heat is carried in vigorous currents that cross the Solomon Sea, then influencing equatorial conditions—and climate. To better understand the description of these currents, their variations and representation in climate models, an international program was proposed by CLIVAR: the Southwest Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate Experiment (SPICE). Three major cruises took place in and north of the Solomon Sea, and instrumented moorings are presently measuring key water transports. The purpose of this workshop is to communicate the ongoing research with UPNG students, faculty and decision makers and to set bases for common projects and training. The program includes data analysis for various scopes.

 

SCHEDULE

 

Monday (18 November 2013):

 8:30 -  9:00: Welcome addresses, organization of the Workshop; roundtable

 9:00 - 10:30: Lecture 1: Overview of the Southwest Pacific Ocean and Climate Experiment (SPICE): A. Ganachaud

10:30 – 11:00: morning tea

11:00 - 12:30: Practical 1*: Early results from Pandora and JAMSTEC cruises: simple analysis of the CTD/Argo profiles

12:30 - 13:30: lunch

13:30 - 14:45: Lecture 2: Dynamics of the ocean: wind-driven circulation, ENSO influence, Impact of a changing climate on the SW Pacific: A. Ganachaud / A. S. Gupta

14:45 - 15:15: afternoon tea; commemorative picture

15:15 - 17:00: Practical 2**: Analysis of Surface Currents and remotely sensed measurements of sea level in the Solomon Sea region.

 

Tuesday (19 November 2013):

 9:00 -  10:00: Lecture 3: Oceanic pathways to the equator through the Solomon Sea: J. Sprintall

10:00 - 10:30: morning tea

10:30 - 12:00: Practical 3***: Fun with Argo floats.

12:00 - 13:00: lunch

13:00 - 17:00: Visit to Motupore Island Research Centre

 

 Wednesday (20 November 2013):

 8:30 -  9:30: Lecture 4: Warm pool variability and its relationship to ENSO: T. Hasegawa

9:30 -  10:00: Practical 4****: Time series analysis using TRITON buoy data and ENSO

10:00 - 10:30: morning tea

10:30 - 11:30: Practical 4****: (continued)

11:30 - 12:30: Lecture 5: Biogeochemistry in the Solomon Sea: A. Ganachaud for S. Bonnet and Lars-Eric Heimburger

12:30 - 13:30: lunch

13:30 - 15:00: Lecture 6: Ocean modelling: A. Ganachaud for J. Verron

15:00 - 15:30: afternoon tea

15:30 - 16:30: Lecture 7: Future plans of SPICE-related moorings and cruises

16:30 - 17:00: Wrap-up and closing of main workshop

 

Thursday (21 November 2013)

9:00 -  10:00: Round table Discussion: Collaboration opportunities for scientists and students

10:00 - 10:30: morning tea

10:30 - 12:30: Continued discussions; workshop report; implementation plans

12:30 - 13:30: end of the workshop and lunch

 

Organizing Committee

Mr. Moyap Kilepak, UPNG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prof. Chalapan Kaluwin, UPNG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Alexandre Ganachaud, IRD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Janet Sprintall, SIO, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Takuya Hasegawa, JAMSTEC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2013 - Solwara: a SPICE/CLIVAR programme