GODAE is the predecessor of GODAE OceanView and was proposed by Smith & Lefebvre in 1997 to support the development of national ocean prediction systems. GODAE was conceived as a 10-year demonstration of both the feasibility and the utility of high-resolution global-scale ocean predictions and led by an International GODAE Science Team (IGST) incorporating the key players in the teams developing the ocean prediction systems at the national level.
GODAE gave a major boost to the establishment and improvement of operational ocean prediction systems in a number of countries and developed substantial capabilities for the robust, real-time collection and processing of measurements, and the generation and dissemination of analyses and forecasts. It demonstrated that forecasting of open ocean mesoscale phenomena is feasible in many regions and GODAE products showed real benefit for a number of applications. (See papers of the GODAE Special Issue (2009) for more detailed information).
Furthermore, it stimulated collaborations between the operational and research communities that have had far-reaching consequences in the development of consortia such as the
French Mercator Océan consortium
UK’s National Centre for Ocean Forecasting (NCOF)
Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO)
Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) consortia funded by the NOPP
MyOcean, now the Copernicus Marine Envrionment Monitoring Service.