The IMBeR West Pacific Symposium: Changing West Pacific Ocean: Science and Sustainability was held on 22-25 November 2021 in Shanghai. This online event drew more than 900 participants and more than 160 presentations to provide new scientific observation results and perspectives on the changing marine biosphere in the West Pacific Ocean and its neighboring Indian and Southern oceans. It also brought many notable success stories about how scientific research activities empower us to cope with changing oceans due to global warming and harness the ocean’s wealth sustainably. The symposium topics covered coastal blue carbon, coral reefs, dried small fish, ecosystem-social interactions in the coastal sea, marine biogeochemistry and biodiversity in Indo-Pacific Region, marine-extreme events, oceanic top predators, tropical ocean ecosystem, and ocean interventions. It forged a camaraderie among the scientists and stakeholders interested in the West Pacific and its neighboring oceans from more than 70 countries.
We are delighted to announce that the Deep-Sea Research II special issue, two volumes, stemming from the IMBeR West Pacific Symposium are under development (Fig. 1). All presenters at the symposium are kindly entitled to submit manuscripts for the special issue. The manuscripts generated through/by/from/during the West Pacific Symposium are all welcomed according to the IMBeR publication policy. If you have developed manuscripts that fit into the Symposium over the course of time and are interested in submitting ones, please follow the submission guidelines here or contact IMBeR IPO-China (firstname.lastname@example.org).
After receiving many messages from registered authors, we accepted the requests to extend our deadline for full paper submission to August 26th, 2022 (Final deadline). For those 22 submissions by the earlier deadline, we sincerely appreciate the authors for their engagements and contributions to this special issue. Our Editorial teams are now working very hard to progress papers through to peer review as quickly as possible.
Figure 1 The special issue, in a two-volume set, are under development. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, please select VSI: IMBeR West Pacific Symp1 or VSI: IMBeR West Pacific Symp2 (see the difference here) when you reach the “Article Type” step in https://www.editorialmanager.com/dsr2/default1.aspx during the submission process.
Deadline for Submissions extended: 26 August 2022
Guest Editors for this special issue:
Managing Guest Editor:
GiHoon Hong, East China Normal University, China
Guest Editors for Volume 1:
Jaimie Cleeland, University of Tasmania / Australian Antarctic Division, Australia
Takashi Nakamura, University of the Ryukyus, Japan
Jianwu Tang, East China Normal University, China
Nireka Weeratunge, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka
Thamasak Yeemin, Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand
Guest Editors for Volume 2:
Alistair Hobday, CSIRO, Australia
Shan Jiang, East China Normal University, China
Su Mei Liu, Ocean University of China, China
Aazani binti Mujahid, University Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
Hiroaki Saito, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Suvaluck Satumanatpan, Mahidol University, Thailand
Ying Wu, East China Normal University, China