Monitoring, understanding, and predicting oceanic variations associated with natural climate variability and human-induced changes, and assessing the related roles of the ocean on multiple spatial-temporal scales.

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Climate Change and Variability

Today, the international climate service and policy agenda requires high-quality, scientifically sound, and reliable information requiring sustained observational efforts that feed into gridded products, models, and reanalyses to detect, monitor, understand, and predict climate variations and change. This session aims to refine high-level recommendations for the next decade based on OceanObs’19 Community White Papers focused on ocean related climate indicators such as those developed under GCOS and WCRP, including ocean temperature and heat content, sea level, ocean acidification, air-sea flux, and sea ice extent. The expected outcome of this event is to identify an international roadmap over the next decade to support timely, sustained, and high-quality delivery of ocean Global Climate Indicators with reduced uncertainties and to identify opportunities for regular joint international assessments.

Augmentation and refined definition of the Global Climate Indicator framework: towards a comprehensive Earth system view.

Achieve accuracy targets for EOVs / ECVs to provide ocean related global climate indicator at required accuracy.

Reduce capability gaps for EOVs / ECVs measurements under the ocean related global climate indicator framework.

Ocean, Weather, and Climate Forecasting

The main goal of this breakout session is to identify post-conference activities and programs that should be carried out over the coming decade to increase synergy between ocean observation initiatives and ocean, weather, and climate forecasting. These activities will guide the actions of OceanPredict, GOOS, WMO, and related communities, focusing on maximizing value from the observing network, improving services to users and gaining scientific and technical efficiencies by bringing together related science communities. The basis for the discussion will consist of the Community White Papers relevant to Ocean, Weather, and Climate Forecasting, including reanalysis, S2S predictions, and OSE/OSSEs.

Develop in partnership with t,he observational community a framework to perform observational impacts studies.

Enable a regular ocean observation impact forum for all applications, including user/sector needs.

Align strategies of groups along ocean obs value chain:eg GOOS, OceanPredict, and BluePlanet.

Integrated Ocean and Coastal Networks for Improved Tsunami, Earthquake and Other Hazards for Warning, Forecast, Research and Planning

Multidisciplinary Global In-Situ Observations of Essential Climate and Ocean Variables at the Air-Sea Interface in Support of Climate Variability and Change Studies and to Improve Weather Forecasting, Pollution, Hazard and Maritime Safety Assessments

Ocean Observations in Support of Studies and Forecasts of Tropical and Extratropical Cyclones

The Joint IOC (of UNESCO) and WMO Collaborative Effort for Met-Ocean Services