Community Forum:
WCRP: Towards integrated ocean basin observations planning

16:00-17:30, Day 3 Wednesday 23 September 2009
Room: Mosaici 1

Co-conveners: Martin Visbeck and Anthony Busalacchi (WCRP)

Within WCRP & CLIVAR we have developed the notion of three kinds of ocean observations:

  1. Process observations that are relatively short in duration (say up to 1-2 years) and focused on a particular aspect of the ocean (e.g. mixing,  wave propagation,  etc).
  2. Enhanced observations are regionally focused and try to understand dynamics and interactions of a key ocean element. They last typically 2-6 years and involve a density of observations that could not be sustained for a much longer time scale (ITF, Polynia or convection studies, TACE etc.)
  3. Sustained observations are meant to provide the long term perspective. WCRP/CLIVAR scientist we partner with our colleagues form the OCEANOBS sustained community to promote and ensure long lasting observing system in situ and space based (various satellite missions, ARGO, tide gages, moored observing systems OCEANSITES, hydrographic repeat surveys, surface drifter, etc.) that provide 1) long term time perspective and 2) spatial context for our work.

CLIVAR ensures via its advisory structure a global coverage of the efforts and four short presentations will provide an overview of the ongoing and planned activities. We will reserve time for interventions from the participants to elaborate on opportunities to join forces to facilitate more interdisciplinary approached to ocean observations where feasible. We have planned the following order for the discussion.

  • 16:00 - 16:10 Introduction (Visbeck and Busalacchi)
  • 16:10 - 16:20 Pacific Ocean (Wenju Cai)
  • 16:25 - 16:35 Atlantic Ocean (Peter Brandt)
  • 16:40 - 16:50 Indian Ocean (Yukio Masumoto)
  • 17:00 - 17:10 Southern Ocean (Sabrina Speich)
  • 17:10 - 17:30 Overall Discussion

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