Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Sung Yong Kim has been chosen to be part of the task team on Boundary Currents and Sea Shelf Interactions. This team is a task force under the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), an initiative run by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.
The task force will be run by the GOOS Observations Physics and Climate panel (OOPC); its creation was stimulated by the need for an international movement to observe boundary currents. These currents play a large role in maintaining the environmental health of coastal oceans. The task force will focus on analyzing the relationship between coastal movements and marine observations and integrating the existing information networks with marine observations to make significant contributions to society. Starting with a workshop next year on boundary currents and sea shelf interactions, Professor Kim will be participating in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in 2021 as well as various activities regarding boundary currents and sea shelf interaction.
Currently, Professor Kim is a co-chair of the Advisory Panel on North Pacific Coastal Ocean Observing Systems of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and an organizing committee member in OceanObs’19 conference to take place in Honolulu in September. Professor Kim was recommended by various experts in his field for his research accomplishments and regional expertise in the North Pacific Current. The organizing committee chose experts from each of the five oceans: the North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Indian Ocean. Professor Kim is the first and only Korean marine scientist to be included in the Boundary Currents and Sea Shelf Interaction Task Team.