South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (SCSIO) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka extended collaboration in the full areas of marine sciences to better tackle the challenge of climate change and marine environmental resources, according to a virtual-conference held on March 9 by the two organizations.
Both sides will create a greater space for collaboration on monsoon and circulation in situ observation, marine biology and natural products, marine geology, environmental pollution, water quality, and plant diversity in Sri Lanka.
The China-Sri Lanka Joint Center for Education and Research (CSL-CER) of CAS has established a three-dimensional marine meteorological observation network in Sri Lanka, and developed a hazard forecasting system according to the observation data and modelling technology. The forecasting system has been shared to Sri Lankan authorities and stakeholders for disaster prevention and mitigation.
CSL-CER had been a bridging platform for international cooperation and would play more important roles in future, said WANG Zhenyu, Deputy Director-General of CAS' Bureau of International Cooperation.
During this virtual-conference , scientists conducted academic exchanges on the southwest monsoon, ocean dynamics and marine resources. Speakers were involved in the conference from research institutes of CAS, Sri Lankan agencies, University of Western Australia, University of Malaya, and the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO).
"The series workshop regularly will help to 'find solution' to important areas of global interest and to 'update our knowledge on the changes taking place in our environment'," said Mrs. Priyangika Dharmasena, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou.
Prof. LONG Lijuan, chairman of the organization commission, expected to expand mutual collaborations between China and Sri Lanka to more fields in marine science and technology.
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