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The JCOMM Services Program Area

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					      Working together
       beyond GODAE
for Operational Oceanography

            Dr. Craig Donlon
     JCOMM Service Programme Area Coordinator
         The Met Office, United Kingdom

        JCOMM Services Program Area
• Introduction
  since IGST XI
• Expert Team for Operational
  Ocean Forecasting Systems
• Summary

         JCOMM Services Program Area
        Services Program Area
          To coordinate and facilitate
the sustained provision of global and regional
       coverage data products and services
   to address the continued and expanding
  requirements of the maritime user community
    for MetOcean services and information.

    • Key challenge for the SPA:
  integration of science & standards
 into operational services supporting
      Maritime Safety, Emergency
  response, Disaster Risk Reduction
  and Maritime Hazards with full user
        support and interaction

                JCOMM Services Program Area
JCOMM Services Program Area
      JCOMM Expert Teams…
•   These teams are for you and your needs
•   ET members are Scientists not ‘Operators’
•   ET’s coordinate they don’t ‘do’
•   It is not the case that there is an ‘Us’
    (Researchers) and ‘Them’ (Operational
    JCOMM heavies) separation

              JCOMM Services Program Area
 The rapid rise of Operational Ocean
   Forecasting Systems (OOFS)
• JCOMM has a functional community working
  towards full integration of OOFS
• OOFS is always now on the agenda at SPA
  meetings (MAES, MSS, SI, WS)
• There is a clear and growing user requirement
  for OOFS outputs
  – Especially graphical forecasts of currents, surface
    drift and all information for emergencies
• The OOFS is the integrator of JCOMM and has
  a pivotal role to play in the future of JCOMM

                JCOMM Services Program Area
JCOMM Ocean Services (GODAE)
Ocean Satellite
Observations                                            Preparation
QC Data Assimilation                               QC          QC

                                 Data Production
Operational                QC                           Information
                                 and management
Ocean Model                                             Delivery
QC   Data Assimilation
In Situ Ocean                                                         QC


                         JCOMM Services Program Area
 Key GODAE work-plan priorities
       include JCOMM
1. GODAE Products
  • In collaboration with JCOMM, product
    standardisation will be developed and interoperability
    between systems ensured.
2. Transition from demonstration to
   operational systems
  • GODAE will work with JCOMM to define its role for
    operational oceanography. Examples of transition to
    operations for the different nations will be promoted.
3. Observing Systems
  • The most critical issue for GODAE is the
    sustainability of the global observing system -
    especially satellite components. JCOMM -OPA

                JCOMM Services Program Area
       Rapporteur for Operational
   Oceanographic Forecasting Systems
• Terms of Reference:
   – Provide advice on operational
     ocean forecasting system
     requirements and outputs;
   – Provide advice on the standards
     and nomenclature used by
     operational ocean forecasting
   – To act as a focal point and
     JCOMM SPA representative at
     GODAE meetings;
   – To advice on the limitations and
     strengths of operational ocean
     forecasting systems.

                 JCOMM Services Program Area
         Future of IGST: R&D
• The R&D component should be managed
  as a Scientific group that feeds
  recommendations to the formal JCOMM
  – Mechanism well established and effective for
    other ETs (e.g. Sea Ice)
  – The IGST members could remain doing the
    science as part of the IOC Ocean Sciences
    Working Group on Marine Modelling

              JCOMM Services Program Area
  JCOMM activities to pull through
    GODAE R&D to operations
• Proposal has been accepted to harness the legacy of the
  GODAE program in an ET-Operational Ocean Forecasting
• Such a team is well placed to coordinate legacy GODAE
  activities including:
   – the ocean forecast system inter-comparison project,
   – the management of the GODAE metrics technical documentation,
   – the GODAE symbology and nomenclature for ocean forecast
   – a Guide to ocean forecast systems of the world and their outputs
   – defining and refining observation requirements and data
     management requirements.

                    JCOMM Services Program Area
        Top Level Objective

“To inject the rigor and discipline of the
  Meteorological Systems into Operational

             JCOMM Services Program Area
             ToR for ET-OOFS
1. Develop and maintain 'The Guide to Operational Oceanographic
   Forecasting systems of the World"
2. Provide advice to JCOMM teams and member states on the
   application, nomenclature, symbology and standards used by
   operational ocean forecasting systems;
3. Develop and operate an inter-comparison framework for NRT
   monitoring of OOFS outputs building on the legacy of GODAE;
4. Work effectively with the Scientific community developing and
   maintaining OOFS (e.g., GODAE and GODAE follow on);
5. Provide observation requirements for OOFS to the JCOMM
   Observations Programme Area (OPA);
6. Provide advice to the JCOMM Data Management Programme
   Areas (DMPA);
7. Provide advice to Members/Member States on operational Ocean
   Forecast systems.

                   JCOMM Services Program Area
 IGST Co-Chair comments to SPA
       on ET-OOFS ToR
• The following points were provided by the GODAE Co-
   – ET-OOFS and any future GODAE/IGST follow-on science group
     ToRs should be coordinated.
   – The IGST has developed and maintains, with annual updates,
     coordinated technical descriptions of ocean forecast systems of
     the world that provide a foundation for the proposed ET-OOFS
     OOFS of the world
   – The JCOMM ET-OOFS should coordinate and develop an inter-
     comparison framework building on GODAE
   – The membership and work-load of the ET-OOFS and any follow
     on GODAE/IGST type activity should be coordinated

                   JCOMM Services Program Area
 Proposed Structure of ET-OOFS
• Membership: ET-OOFS should comprise of:
  – 1 Chair
  – 5 members covering the following areas of expertise:
     •   Ocean Forecast systems,
     •   data assimilation using ocean models,
     •   satellite and in situ data requirements for ocean models,
     •   operational model inter-comparisons;
  – Additional experts (up to 20) may be considered to
    represent ocean forecasting systems/groups;
  – Ad hoc members (up to 20) representing ocean
    forecasting systems/groups

                    JCOMM Services Program Area
         ET-OOFS: Timeline
• Presented and approved at JCOMM MAN-VI,
  Paris December 2007
• Chair (G Brassington) selected and appointed
  March 2008
• Initial team needs to be agreed now (here?)
• Inaugural meeting planned in November 2008
  two days before GODAE symposium
  – Need an agenda ASAP
• Formal presentation at the JCOMM-III,
  Commission, Casablanca, Morocco, September
              JCOMM Services Program Area
• JCOMM provides overall governance of
  standards for operational oceanography
• GODAE has greatly assisted the
  development of the SPA that should
  continue in a formal manner
• Implementing a new ET-OOFS to transition GODAE into
  the International Operational JCOMM system
• Will work with post GODAE R&D groups in Ocean
  Sciences and Marine Modelling
• Request IGST to endorse this approach and
  to work together with the JCOMM SPA ET-
  OOFS for the common benefit of OpOc.

                 JCOMM Services Program Area

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