Almost 10 % of the earth's ocean is perennially or seasonally covered with ice layers. variations in the sea ice cover have profound effects on the global heat balance and thus relate to the dynamic cycle of the atmosphere and of the ocean.
The Sea of Okhotsk is known as Japan's only "freezing" sea, with its frozen coastal waters along Hokkaido being the southernmost (44deg.00'-45deg.30'N) on the Northern Hemisphere. Up to 60～70% of the Okhotsk surface is ice covered during the winter, hampering navigation and fishing operations. It is true that sea ice increases marine productivity but it can cause problems such as marine accidents, damage to equipment and rigs that are in the water, and damage to field crops due to cold weather. With development of seabed resources such as oil and gas, advanced studies in marine structures and ice engineering are in great demand.
The Okhotsk Sea & Polar Oceans Symposium is organized annually by City of Mombetsu. The objectives of this annual symposium are to promote the advancement of all ice-related studies such as oceanography, meteorology, biology and fisheries, to explore what may be common in various fields, to review the latest developments in these fields, and to outline new directions for future research. It is our hope at this 35th International Symposium that many excellent presentations and discussions amongst participants will lead to deeper understanding of sea ice studies.
We was planning to hold the 36th Okhotsk Sea & Polar Oceans Symposium in Mombetsu 2021, it will be canceled.
We call for papers manuscripts as scheduled, OSPOR journal [Volume 5, (2021)] will be published, even if the symposium is not held.
OSPOR Journal site
Cancellation announces of the International Symposium on the Okhotsk Sea & Polar Oceans 2021 in Mombetsu
I should inform bad news of the cancellation of Mombetsu Symposium 2021.
The International Symposium on the Okhotsk Sea & Polar Oceans 2021 (to be held at Mombetsu in February 21-24, 2021) in Mombetsu is cancelled in the situation of the rapidly increasing of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the world.
However, the reviewed publication of OSPOR (Okhotsk Sea and Polar Oceans Research) Vol. 5 will be published on schedule in February, 2021, though its deadline was over already. Some of the programs for the citizen will be carried out by displaying panels, and the events for children will be carried out in each elementary school separately.
After one year, in 2022, the 36th International Symposium on the Okhotsk Sea & Polar Oceans 2022 will be held in the following schedule:
The 36th International Symposium on the Okhotsk Sea & Polar Oceans 2022
Period: February 20 (Sun) to 24 (Thu) in 2022
Place: Mombetsu, Hokkaido, Japan
Note: The fixed schedules will be appeared on the Symposium web site until June, 2021.
Deadlines of Submission (almost same with the previous symposiums):
General Presentations: Short Summary; Beginnings of December, 2021
Final Manuscript: Middle of January, 2022
OSPOR Vol. 6 Articles for cold region technology and others;
Camera-ready Manuscript (Max 6 pages): End of September, 2022
We hope the COVID-19 infection would be settled until 2022, and we can meet with each other
at Mombetsu in February, 2022.
Chairman of Executive Committee of Symposium:
Organized and sponsored by
◆ City of Mombetsu
◆ Executive Committee of Symposium
◆ National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)
◆ Kitami Institute of Technology (KIT)
◆ Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University (ILTS)
◆ Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University
◆ Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University
◆ Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University
◆ Tokai University, Hokkaido Campus
◆ Tokyo University of Agriculture, Faculty of Bioindustry
◆ Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
◆ Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo (AORI)
SYMPOSIUM ADVISORY COMMITTEE
- ◆ Prof. Emer. Vera Alexander, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA
- ◆ Prof. Hiroyuki Enomoto, National Institute of Polar Research, Japan
- ◆ Dr. Katsushi Iwamoto, City of Mombetsu, Japan
- ◆ Dr. Seiji Katakura, City of Mombetsu, Japan
- ◆ Dr. Hiromitsu Kitagawa, Ocean Policy Research Foundation, Japan
- ◆ Prof. Emer. Masaji Matsuyama, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
- ◆ Prof. Yutaka Michida, The University of Tokyo, Japan
- ◆ Prof. Humio Mitsudera, Hokkaido University, Japan
- ◆ Prof. Ferdenant A. Mkrtchyan, Insttitute of Radioengineering & Electronics, Russia
- ◆ Prof. Emer. Tsuneo Nishiyama, Tokai University, Japan
- ◆ Prof. Akihiro Shiomoto, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan
- ◆ Prof. Emer. Shuhei Takahashi, Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan
- ◆ Dr. Kazutaka Tateyama, Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan
- ◆ Prof. Hajime Yamaguchi, The University of Tokyo, Japan