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COSS-TT workshop 2013

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2nd GODAE OceanView Coastal Oceans and Shelf Seas Task Team (COSS-TT) International Coordination Workshop (COSS-ICW2)

hosted by CMCC

International Coordination Workshop 2 (COSS-ICW2)

 Where:Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Lecce, Italy 
 When:4-7 February 2013
 Duration:4 Days

Pierre De Mey (Co-chair of COSS-TT, LEGOS)
Villy Kourafalou (Co-chair of COSS-TT, University of Miami)
Nadia Pinardi (INGV)
Giovanni Coppini (Local host and a organiser, CMCC)
Marina Calo (Local host and organiser, CMCC)
Arianna Acierno (CMCC)
Kirsten Wilmer-Becker (GODAE OceanView coordinator, Met Office)

 Announcement:The full announcement is available here.


COSS-TT workshop 2013 group photo


The Workshop report is now available from this website (10 October 2013).

This second installment follows the first workshop held at the University of Miami on January 10-12, 2012.


1 Review ongoing coastal ocean forecasting projects in the world coastal oceans, with a particular focus on system updates, progress and challenges since the Miami workshop
2 Discuss background scientific advances and decide common actions (for some willing groups) in three particular areas:
 2AIntegrated coastal observations, objective array design and data assimilation
 2BDownscaling to coastal regions
 2CCoastal applications
3 Enhance international collaboration and formalize COSS sustainability and format/goals
4 Promote the establishment of regional affiliated alliances



The main goal of the Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas Task Team (COSS-TT) is to work in coordination with GOV-ST and GOOS towards the provision of a sound scientific basis for sustainable multidisciplinary downscaling and forecasting activities in the world coastal oceans. The strategic goal of the TT is to help achieve a truly seamless framework from the global to the coastal/littoral scale. The TT Workplan is included in the main GOV Workplan available on the GOV web site and updated annually.


  • All COSS-TT members or substitutes
  • Members of the broader COSS community, especially those interested in science and methods related to regional/coastal ocean monitoring and forecasting.


Lecce is a wonderful venue in south Italy, see http://goitaly.about.com/od/pugliaapulia/a/lecce.htm.

CMCC is an Italian network of centers and in Lecce there is a new group dedicated to Coastal Operational Oceanography and Climate Change Impacts (for a preliminary web site see http://www.cmcc.it/blog-en/online-il-sito-di-tessa/ ). Detailed information about traveling to Lecce, accommodations, as well as a preliminary agenda and call for papers will be circulated with the first announcement to be sent by late Sept/early Oct.

Social events:

We are planning to run 3 social events during the workshop:

  1. Welcome Aperitif on Sunday (3 Feb 2013) at 19:00, meeting point at CMCC's site . The CMCC offices are directly opposite of the Risorgimento Hotel (Via Augusto Imperatore, 16). The Welcome reception is at the MUST Musem only one minuted walk away from CMCC.
  2. Social dinner on Tuesday (5 Feb 2013), time of departure 19:00 from the Castle (location of main meeting). The shuttle for the dinner has already been booked and it will be paid with participants' fees - further details available at the workshop.
  3. Walking tour on Thursday (7 Feb 2013) at 15:00, cost 4,00 Euros each and meeting point at the Castle - further details available at the workshop.

Local hosts and organizers

CMCC -Contacts for practical workshop organization questions

COSS-TT co-chairs - contacts for scientific/agenda-related questions

GOV project office - contact for website-related questions