4 ocean scientists from South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SCSIO) and the First Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources (FIO) tragically passed away on 21st April 2019 during the Kingsbury Colombo Hotel explosion in Sri Lanka, while waiting to participate in the 'Joint Voyaging on East Indian Ocean’ which was initiated by SCSIO.
Remember their names:
Dr Jian LI (Born:1981, Male) from South China Sea Institute of Oceanology;
Dr. Wenliang PAN (Born:1984, Male) from South China Sea Institute of Oceanology;
Dr Dawei LI (Born:1989, Male) from the First Institute of Oceanography;
Mr. Liwei WANG (Born:1991, Male) from the First Institute of Oceanography; Volunteer group leader of CLIVAR Open Science Conference and Early Career Scientist Symposium in 2016.
They should have left Colombo and board the ship in several hours and gathered with their families and colleagues 2 months later; they might have lots of possibilities in future, their career on scientific research is just beginning，but their lives ended at the morning of April 21, 2019 in Colombo forever.
The International CLIVAR Project office extends its sympathies to SCSIO and FIO as well as the families of the four scientists for this premature loss.