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OSEval-TT activities



GOV makes heavy use of the world’s ocean observing system. GOV has a role to play to demonstrate the uptake and impact of observations from the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and to contribute to the design of new observing systems.

To this end, GOV plans to continually assess the impact of the physical and biogeochemical observing systems on ocean forecast and reanalysis systems. Similarly, GOV plans to facilitate the design and assessment of new observing systems, to identify “gaps” in the GOOS, and to propose optimised observation arrays on coastal, regional, and global scales.

Through the Observing System Evaluation Task Team (OSEval-TT) – in partnership with OOPC, CLIVAR/GSOP, and the other GOV task teams: COSS-, DA-, and IV-TT – GOV seeks to provide consistent, scientifically sound, evidence-based service-data requirements to agencies and organizations that sustain global, regional, and coastal ocean observing systems.

This activity requires clear protocols for observation impact assessment [e.g. Observing System Evaluation (OSEs)], common tools for routine production of metrics that quantify observation impacts (with the DA- and IV-TT), and objective recommendation methodologies. A long-term objective is to formulate and regularly apply an evaluation strategy for identifying observing system requirements for targeted end-users/application categories. The OSEval-TT will develop its international collaboration through regular meetings and workshops.

The OSEval-TT will work with the assigned Patrons Group champion to effectively engage with observation groups. The task team, comprised of representatives of GOV system and GOV TTs, seeks to clearly communicate the scope, limitations of its observation system assessment and design studies.


February 2016