Twenty four years of the International Symposium on Okhotsk Sea & Sea Ice

Masaaki Aota
Okhotsk Sea Ice Museum of Hokkaido


The first International Symposium on the Okhotsk Sea & Sea Ice was held in 1986 in Mombetsu City located in the Okhotsk Sea coast of Hokkaido. The remarkable feature of this symposium is that it is organized and managed annually by the volunteer groups in Mombetsu.     

The objectives of this symposium are to promote the advancement of all ice-related studies such as oceanography, meteorology, marine biology and fisheries, remote censing and environmental preservation in the cold regions.
Several special international workshops such as “Workshop on the countermeasures against oil pollution in the Sea of Okhotsk”, “Forum: Global warming viewed from the Okhotsk Sea and the ocean around Okinawa”.
After the closing down of the Sea Ice Research laboratory in 2004, the symposium has been continued , we are now making preparation for the 25th anniversary Symposium coming February. We earnestly request your participation.