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Chinese Scientists Acquire New Skills with One-Year Fellowships at NOAA

Three scientists from China's State Oceanic Administration are on one-year fellowships to NOS. (Left to right) Ye Zhu, Shengbin Yu, and Wenjun Xiao enjoy a sunny moment at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Three visiting scientists from China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) will spend the next year contributing to NOAA projects while acquiring new skills that they will put to use when they return to their jobs in China. Their one-year fellowships to NOAA come under the auspices of the U.S.-China Protocol on Marine and Fisheries Science and Technology, a program of the U.S. State Department.

Two of the scientists are working with the NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. Ms. Ye Zhu is a meteorologist from the SOA's Marine Monitoring and Forecasting Center of Zhejiang Province, and Mr. Wenjun Xiao is a physical geographer from SOA's East Sea Marine Forecasting Center. Their principal project at NOAA will be to update operational forecast systems for the Chesapeake, Delaware, and Tampa Bays.

Mr. Shengbin Yu is a scientist from SOA's South China Sea Marine Prediction Center in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province. He will be developing statistical techniques to improve NOAA's VDatum vertical datum transformation software as part of the Coast Survey Development Laboratory.

China has undergone rapid economic and social growth in the past 20 years, and, like other countries with burgeoning economies, China's coastal and marine resources are vulnerable to increasing stresses. In recent years, China's SOA and NOAA have addressed these challenges by sharing expertise and initiating cooperative projects in several marine protected areas along China's 14,500 km (9,000 mi) coast.

Every year, NOS hosts approximately 120 visiting foreign nationals. These scientists, researchers, contractors, and scholars come from across the globe to learn from and exchange knowledge with their NOS counterparts. Regardless of ideology or national borders, they come together with a common goal: To respect and protect the one World Ocean for future generations.

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NOS's International Programs Office is the NOAA chair for the U.S.-China Protocol's panel on marine policy, management, and international marine affairs.