Two New Deputy Chairs of NPOCE SSC Take Office
October 15,2018

Janet Sprintall from SCRIPPS (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, US) and Fan Wang from IOCAS (The Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) have been voted (16 affirmative votes out of 17) as new deputy chairs of NPOCE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), to support chair of NPOCE SSC Prof. Dunxin Hu’s work, and to be responsible for:

(1) Development of NPOCE Phase II, along with implementing NPOCE Phase I. There would be an extension planned beyond 2020. The study domain is to be expanded southward to connect with Solomon Sea, westward with ITF, and northward to subtropical circulation, and vertically from the upper ocean to the deep circulation in the Western Pacific Ocean. The NPOCE leadership team will develop Science and Implementation plan associated with this extension/expansion.

(2) Directing and planning NPOCE on-going research activities, organizing meetings through leadership of scientific organizing committee (SSC annual meetings, symposia, for example), and helping NPOCE secretariat, particularly with international matters.

(3) Leading SSC annual meetings, which may take place in China or other countries, either face to face, or through teleconference.

Janet Sprintall

Research Interests:

  • Tropical Interocean exchanges and their relationship to climate

• The role of the ocean in large-scale climate variability

• Salinity feedbacks to air-sea interaction

• Long-term monitoring of the heat and transport in the upper ocean.


  • B.S. (Honours) , 1985, Griffith University, Australia

  • M.S., 1988, University of Sydney, Australia

  • Ph.D., 1992, University of Sydney, Australia


  • 1995 – present, Research Oceanographer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA

  • 2007 - present, Senior Lecturer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA

  • 1993 - 1995, JIMO Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA

  • 1991 - 1993 National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate, NOAA-PMEL Seattle, USA.

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Fan Wang

Research Interests:

  • Ocean circulation and its connection with climate, including circulation dynamics

  • Western boundary currents in the low-attitude Pacific

  • Tropical ocean circulation, deep ocean circulation, shelf circulations in the China Seas, and mesoscale processes.


  • Ph. D., 1995, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China.

  • M. S., 1992, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China.

  • B. S., 1989, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China


  • 2017-present, Director of Institute of Oceanography, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • 1999-present, Professor, Institute of Oceanography, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • 2004, Visiting Scholar, The British National Marine Science Center

  • 2000, Visiting Scholar, Texas A&M University

  • 1995-1997, Post-Doctor, Institute of Oceanography, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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This occasion is a good opportunity to thank Dr. Wenju Cai, as vice-chair of NPOCE SSC over the past 18 months, for his selfless support/effort and indispensable help to NPOCE from beginning up to now. Wish his new job as CLIVAR SSG co-chair go with a swing and be prosperous, and hope to have his continuous support to NPOCE in the future.

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