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As GODAE prototype systems transition to operational systems, international collaboration on product standardization and interoperability between systems must be maintained and developed. The joint WMO/IOC Technical Commission JCOMM provides an appropriate intergovernmental mechanism for the coordinating role and has established an expert team on operational oceanographic forecasting systems (ET-OOFS) within its Services and Forecast Systems Program Area (SFSPA) for this purpose.

The GODAE OceanView Science Team will report to ET-OOFS on scientific and operational developments, while ET-OOFS will provide recommendations on service provision (for instance standardization) based on user needs. The GODAE OceanView Task Team on intercomparison and validation will provide inputs and recommendations to the ET-OOFS on standardization of validation activities (e.g. a minimum set of metrics that should be implemented in operational systems to monitor the quality of analyses and forecasts). We anticipate that the two groups (GODAE Ocean View Science Team and ET-OOFS) will work very closely in the coming years: the ET-OOFS chair will be de facto member of GODAE Ocean View science team; and GODAE OceanView systems will be represented in the ET-OOFS.

Objetives of the ET-OOFS include:

  • Develop and maintain 'The Guide to Operational Oceanographic Forecasting systems of the World"
  • Provide advice to JCOMM teams and member states on the application, nomenclature, symbology and standards used by operational ocean forecasting systems
  • Develop and operate an inter-comparison framework for near real time monitoring of OOFS outputs building on the legacy of GODAE
  • Work effectively with the Scientific community developing and maintaining OOFS
  • Provide observation requirements for OOFS to the JCOMM Observations Program Area
  • Provide advice to the JCOMM Data Management Program Areas
  • Provide advice to Members/Member States on operational Ocean Forecast systems