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GOVST I meeting

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1st Meeting of the GODAE OceanView Science Team (GOVST)

Status of GODAE OceanView and Development of a plan for future work


 Where:Mercator-Ocean, Toulouse, France
 When:8-10 June 2009
 Duration:3 Days
 Organisers:GODAE OceanView Project Office: Kirsten Wilmer-Becker, Eric Dombrowsky (Mercator-Ocean), Andreas Schiller (CSIRO), Mike Bell (Met Office), Pierre-Yves LeTraon (IFREMER)


Purpose of the meeting

The scientists leading the scientific development of the major systems for generating real-time operational ocean forecasts, hindcasts and reanalysis will constitute the core of the GODAE OceanView Science Team (GOVST). The primary purpose of this team is to accelerate the improvement and exploitation of these systems through exchange of information and expertise and the coordination of joint assessments.

GOVST will work on a five-year planning and review cycle and will meet at least once a year.

Initial tasks of GODAE OceanView:

  • Consolidate the inner core team, establish collaboration and synergies with other groups (e.g. CLIVAR GSOP) to accelerate progress in the area of ocean forecasting
  • Develop a work plan with tangible outcomes
  • Continue to develop sustainable joint task teams (or pilot projects) aiming to realise the benefits of the GODAE OceanView systems, in cooperation with experts engaged in GEO, CLIVAR, IMBER etc.
  • Work with GSSC, JCOMM and CEOS to find the most efficient and effective way for GODAE OceanView to contribute to the prioritisation, advocacy, implementation and exploitation of the GOOS.

Financial and in kind support required to run the project office, organise Science Team meetings, symposia and summer schools will be provided by stakeholder agencies/groups. They will be represented in the GODAE OceanView Patrons Group which will provide guidance to the Science Team in addition to visibility and recognition of the value of GODAE OceanView at national and international levels. It is planned to organise the first meeting of the GODAE OceanView Partron’s group as a side event to the 1st annual meeting of GOVST.


Scope of the meeting

The societal benefits from GODAE OceanView systems will only be realised through joint work with other teams of experts. Potential benefits include improvements in the day-to-day management of coastal waters, management of marine ecosystems, weather prediction from hours to decades ahead, and the expected impacts of climate change on the oceans and coastal waters.

This first meeting will allow us to engage on:

1. Discussions about GODAE OceanView structures, plans and responsibilities

Share up-to-date information on the status of GODAE OceanView (i.e. scope, objectives, membership, patrons group, international relationships, task teams). Review GOVST linkages with international research/intergovernmental groups (e.g.GSOP/CLIVAR, WGNE, GHRSST, Argo, OOPC, PICO, others).

2. National Status Reports, reports from Task Teams and activities of international bodies

provide a platform for exchange of information with peers on status of national forecasting systems, associated scientific challenges, and international initiatives associated with ocean forecasting (e.g. IOC, JCOMM, GOOS etc.) Summary reports from (established) Task Teams on recent activities and future plans, including links to other relevant international activities.

3. Development of 5-year work plan for GODAE OceanView

  • Where do we (as a community) want to be in 2014?
  • What are the objectives?
  • How will we achieve a greater uptake of and impact by ocean forecasting and what can GODAE OceanView do to accelerate achieving the objectives?
  • What are the scientific challenges and activities we need to initiate to meet these goals (e.g. scientific foci, outreach activities etc.)?
  • How will we measure success in achieving our objectives (e.g. annual milestones, peer-review in 2014)?

(Last Updated: 17-06-2009)