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Proceedings of OceanObs'09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society

PLENARY PAPERdoi:10.5270/OceanObs09.pp.10

Celebrating a Decade of Progress and Preparing for the Future: Ocean Information for Research and Application

Antonio J. Busalacchi(1)

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This paper provides a retrospective of how the ocean observation system has evolved since OceanObs"99. It also provides research and application examples indicating how the next decade of development for ocean observations will evolve to become an integral component of climate services. The paper begins with the original motivation and reasons for organizing the OceanObs"99 Conference, and with this as a basis, conveys the vision for the OceanObs"09 Conference by focusing on five principal areas: a global perspective, seasonal to decadal climate prediction, forecasting of marine variability, sustainable management, and longer-term trends. Key examples where successes were made by the GOOS (Global Climate Observing System) community since 1999 are highlighted especially in the development of physical oceanography capabilities. Additionally, the paper introduces challenges that still remain in each area, inclusive of examples of how the GOOS will be critical in answering questions or providing input to marine core services and linkages to climate services.

1Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), 5825 University Research Court, Suite 4001,University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20740-2823, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: tonyb@essic.umd.edu

This paper shall be cited as:

Busalacchi, A. (2010). "Celebrating a Decade of Progress and Preparing for the Future: Ocean Information for Research and Application" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 1), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.pp.10

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