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COSS-TT activities

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The mission goal of the Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas Task Team (COSS-TT) is to work in coordination with GOVST and GOOS towards the provision of a sound scientific basis for sustainable multidisciplinary downscaling and forecasting activities in the world coastal oceans. The task team fosters international collaboration to advance science and applications on coastal and shelf dynamics, open ocean processes that control shelf break exchanges, as well as land-sea interactions through estuaries and inlets. The strategic goal of the task team is to help achieve a seamless transition framework from the global to the coastal/littoral scale. The main disciplines considered by the task team are physics and the interaction between physical and biogeochemical processes.

Two key areas of activity have been identified so far:

firstly, to establish community links by convening co-sponsored forums to discuss cross-cutting issues and

secondly to define and implement international coordination between coastal ocean forecasting projects.

Shelf seas and coastal services are a critically important area for most of the sponsors of GOV; several of the sponsors already make real-time predictions of the shelf seas and/or coastal areas in their vicinity. However, whilst there is a long history of storm surge predictions, many components necessary for current and future coastal ocean forecasting, such as the assimilation of observational data in the shelf seas, modern downscaling approaches, and monitoring and prediction of the broader ecosystem, to name a few, are relatively immature.

Collaboration with groups whose primary focus is on coastal prediction is highly desirable. This has already been embraced by the COSS-TT by integrating new task team members who have relevant expertise and will be tasked with advancing such connections.

The COSS-TT has taken on the role of advancing science in support of ocean forecasting in the coastal and shelf seas. This has been done by engaging a broader community, from both academic and operational origins, in a series of open global forum activities for exchange of information which was previously lacking in this area. This includes task team workshops for TT members and external experts from the international community, as well as well attended special sessions at international conferences. Future work will continue to consolidate the international community engaged in monitoring and prediction in the coastal and shelf seas. In particular, the task team will focus on the following strategic priorities:

  1. provide scientific support for the development of integrated Coastal Ocean Forecasting Systems (COFS) and applications that benefit society;
  2. promote the integration between COFS and basin-scale or global models, toward best practices for downscaling across appropriate scales;
  3. facilitate linkages with scientific communities of ancillary interests, especially the coastal altimetry community.

In addition, the task team will collaborate with other GOV task teams under specific activities of common interest in the coastal and shelf seas. These include:

  • the development of best practices for prediction assessments (with the IV-TT)
  • quantifying the impact of observations to guide array design (with the OSEval-TT)
  • coastal data assimilation (with the DA-TT) and
  • the interface between open ocean and shelf models, as well as interaction with the MEAP-TT.

 

February 2016