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COMMUNITY WHITE PAPER10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.04

The JCOMM In Situ Observing Platform Support Centre: A Decade of Progress and Remaining Challenges

Mathieu Belbeoch(1), Hester Viola(1), Howard Freeland(2), Candyce Clark(3), David Meldrum(4), Etienne Charpentier(5), Keith Alverson(6), Peter Dexter(7), Jean-Louis Fellous(8)

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This community white paper will present the origins, evolution and future challenges of JCOMMOPS, the Joint WMO-IOC (World Meteorological Organization/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) Observing Platform Support Centre. JCOMMOPS follows the direction of international panels and steering teams. It is a component of the international coordination mechanism, which aims on behalf of JCOMM to: - assist as appropriate in the implementation of the Global Ocean Observing System; - develop synergies between observing systems; - assist in the planning, implementation and operations of the observing systems; - monitor and evaluate the performance of the networks; - encourage cooperation between communities and member states; - encourage data sharing; - assist in data distribution on the Internet and GTS (Global Telecommunications System); - relay users' feedback on data quality to platform operators; - encourage harmonisation of data and instrumentation related practices; - provide technical assistance and user support worldwide; - act as a clearing house and focal point for all aspects of the program.

1Technical Coordinator, JCOMMOPS (Joint World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology) Observing Platform Support Centre), Parc Technologique du Canal, 8-10 Rue Hermes, Ramonville St Agne, 31526 France
2Co-chair Argo Steering Team, Institute of Ocean Sciences, 9860 West Saanich Road, PO Box 6000, Sidney V8L 4B2, B.C., Canada
3NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National)/Climate Program Office (CPO), Climate Observation Division, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1202, Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA
4Chair, DBCP (Data Buoy Cooperation Panel) and Leader, Technology Development, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory (SAMS), OBAN PA37 1QA, United Kingdom
5Observing Systems Division, Observing and Information Systems Department, World Meteorological Organization, 7 bis, Avenue de la Paix, Case postale No 2300, CH-1211 Geneve 2, Switzerland
6Head of Section, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France
7Co-president of JCOMM (Joint World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology), Ocean Services Section, Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), 8-10 Rue Hermes 31526 Ramonville (AU)
8Co-president of JCOMM (Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology), COSPAR (Committee on Space Research,) c/o CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales), 2 Place Maurice-Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: belbeoch@jcommops.org

This paper shall be cited as:

Belbeoch, M. & Co-Authors (2010). "The JCOMM In Situ Observing Platform Support Centre: A Decade of Progress and Remaining Challenges" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.04

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