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The AST-5 Meeting (3-6 March 2003, Hangzhou)

Editor :China Argo Real-time Data Center    Time :2003-03-11 16:06:00    Visit :
The AST-5 meeting was held in March 3 – 6, 2003 at Xizi Hotel by the West Lake, Hangzhou China. 54 participants including the members of AST and representatives from 11 countries of USA, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, Italy, Korea, Russia and China attended the meeting., in which 12 were from China.
The opening ceremony of the meeting was chaired by Prof. Xu Jianping. Chairman of the Local Organization Committee of the meeting, member of AST and research fellow of the Second Institute of Oceanography (SIO), State Oceanic Administration (SOA). Prof. Su Jilan, Chairman of IOC, Honorable Director-General of SIO and Director of the Key Lab of Ocean Dynamic Process and Satellite Oceanography, SOA, and Mr. .Li Haiqing, Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation, SOA and Director of the Office of China Argo Program participated in and congratulated the meeting with warm speeches. Prof. Li Jiabiao, Deputy Director-General of SIO spoke at the meeting on behalf of the host.
The AST-5 reviewed the progresses made and problems faced by the Argo programs of different countries since AST-4, and discussions were centered on the quality control and distribution of real-time and delayed Argo data, improvement of the performance of Argo floats and settlement of the technical problems of the sensor and communication system. Statistics show that till January 20, 2003, 650 floats had been deployed in Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Southern Oceans by 15 member states of the international Argo program, in which 16 were deployed by China in Pacific and Indian Oceans.
The meeting decided to hold the First Argo Science Workshop in Tokyo, Japan in November 11 – 14 to review the preliminary results of using Argo data to study and solve oceanographic and climatological problems.
The annual AST meeting is held once a year, the first one was in Easton Maryland, USA in 1999 and the second, third and forth were in Southampton, UK, Sidney, Canada and Hobart, Australia separately. The sixth will be in Paris, France in March 2004.
 AST-5 got strong care and support form the Department of Basic Research of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Department of International Cooperation and the Department of Science and Technology of the State Oceanic Administration and the Project Office of “Study on the formation mechanism and prediction theory of significant climate disasters of our country” from the State Key Basic Research and Development Program. The Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA and the State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics offered the meeting a very beautiful and comfortable place. The meeting arranged a tour of the West Lake which left wonderful impression on the participants.
Under the chairmanship of Prof. Dean Reommich, Chairman of AST and Professor of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, USA, the meeting got a full success and won widespread acclaim of all the participants from different countries.