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The Joint IOC (of UNESCO) and WMO collaborative effort for met-ocean services


Pinardi, N and Stander, J and Legler, D and O'Brien, K and Boyer, T and Cuff, T and Garcia, H and Freeman, E and Sun, C and Gates, L and Gong, Z and Iona, A and Xinyang, Y and Bahurel, P and Belbouch, M and Belov, S and Brunner, SL and Burger, EF and Carval, T and Chang-Seng, D and Charpentier, E and Coppini, G and Fischer, AS and Gallage, C and Hermes, J and Heslop, E and Grimes, S and Hill, KL and Horsburgh, KJ and Mancini, S and Moodie, N and Ouellet, M and Poli, P and Pissierssens, P and Proctor, R and Smith, N and Swail, V and Turton, JD, The Joint IOC (of UNESCO) and WMO collaborative effort for met-ocean services, Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, (AUG) Article 410. ISSN 2296-7745 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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At least a portion of this work is authored by David Legler, Kevin O'Brien, Tim Boyer, Tom Cuff, Eugene Burger, Shelby Brunner, Hernan Garcia, and Eric Freeman on behalf of the U.S. Government and, as regards Dr. Legler, Dr. O'Brien, Dr. Boyer, Dr. Cuff, Dr. Burger, Dr. Brunner, Dr. Garcia, Dr. Freeman, and the U.S. Government, is not subject to copyright protection in the United States. Foreign and other copyrights may apply. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00410


The WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) has devised a coordination mechanism for the fit-for-purpose delivery of an end-to-end system, from ocean observations to met-ocean operational services. This paper offers a complete overview of the activities carried out by JCOMM and the status of the achievements up to 2018. The JCOMM stakeholders consist of the research and operational institutions of WMO members and the IOC member states, which mandated JCOMM to devise an international strategy to move toward the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The three areas of activity are the Observation Program Area (OPA), the Data Management Program Area (DMPA) and the Services and Forecasting Services Program Area (SFSPA), and several expert teams have been established to contribute to the international coordination efforts. OPA is organized into observing networks connected by different observing technologies, DMPA organizes the overall near-real time and delayed mode data assembly, and the delivery methodology and architecture, and the SFSPA coordinates the met-ocean services resulting from the observations and data management. Future developments should enhance coordination in these three program areas by considering the inclusion of new and emergent observing technologies, the interoperability of met-ocean data assembly centers and the establishment of efficient research to operations protocols, in addition to better fit-for-purpose customized services in both the public and private sectors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine meteorology and oceanography, global ocean observing networks, data management, ocean services, capacity development
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Atmospheric sciences
Research Field:Meteorology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mancini, S (Mr Sebastien Mancini)
UTAS Author:Proctor, R (Dr Roger Proctor)
ID Code:139584
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Integrated Marine Observing System
Deposited On:2020-06-23
Last Modified:2020-07-31

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