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Strategic objectives

Our objectives are focused on delivering our vision of building the ocean prediction capacity of the future and contributing to a seamless ocean information value-chain, from observations to end users, for economic and societal benefit.

Building the ocean prediction capacity of the future

Advance ocean prediction science and operational capacity to maximise the impact of operational oceanography outcomes on marine science, sustainable marine economies, and society.

  1. Data assimilation: Improving ocean data assimilation capacity
  2. Verification: Monitoring and demonstrating improved accuracy and utility of ocean analysis and forecasting products resulting from OceanPredict contributions, by coordinating regular system intercomparisons and verifications
  3. Observing system evaluations: Contributing to projects and assessment to better determine observation impact
  4. Models: Collaborating with various science R&D groups through OP task teams to improve ocean prediction
    • in shelf seas and coastal environments
    • for bio geochemical variables
    • for coupled environmental prediction systems
  5. Visualisation: Collaborating with ocean product developer and ocean services to improve visualisation and accessibility tools for predictions and observations


Strengthening engagement with the international ocean science community

Close collaborations with partners along the operational value-chain, intergovernmental organisations, research groups and users are vital for the successful implementation of a long-term ocean information system from observations to end users.

This goal could be illustrated by a map of the value chain, showing OP’s place in the chain and that of partners we anticipate working with.

  1. Value-chain: Nurturing sustained productive dialogues between global and regional observing systems, coordinating R&D efforts with intermediate users such as coastal and biogeochemical prediction systems, and building close relationships with GOOS, GEO Blue Planet, WMO JCB, space agencies and user groups to create a framework of operational oceanography
  2. Operationality: Supporting the transition from research and development to operations of prediction system improvements by reporting relevant scientific developments to ETOOFS and the OceanPredict systems
  3. International collaborations: Actively contributing to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
  4. Downstream: Promoting access to data and information products and enhanced uptake of ocean analysis and forecasting products with governments, the public and private sector



Co-design and co-develop ocean prediction and ocean observing systems

Working closely with the observing system community to co-design and co-develop observing systems which are fit for purpose and deliver value.

  1. Partnerships: Develop strong partnership with observation agencies with the objective to co-design/co-develop ocean observing and prediction systems
  2. Monitoring and assessments: Set up monitoring systems for assessing the impact of observations, and sharing results associated partners
    • Class 4 Metrics (IV-TT)
    • Data Assimilation reports by impact of observation systems
    • OS-Eval (Observation Impact Statements – OIS)
  1. New observations: Engage key-observing and key-end-user-focused partners to evaluate impact of new ocean observing systems
  2. Improving obs and prediction systems: Fostering and coordinating the development of emerging areas and new ocean monitoring, modelling and assimilation components to improve ocean forecasting and observing systems for both operational implementation and research


Increasing Ocean prediction societal impact

Evaluating the impact of ocean prediction products for intermediate and end users to understand the value and benefit and to adjust prediction outcomes for better usage.

  1. Routine impact assessments for user benefit: Conducting routine reanalysis and impact projects for various aspects of ocean observing systems on improving end user experience, and explore impact on other environmental prediction components
  2. New capabilities: Enhancing research value and usefulness for operational prediction centres through targeted collective multi-disciplinary projects on new capabilities for operational oceanography in cooperation with other relevant international research programs.
  3. Outreach – learning: Increase understanding/uptake of ocean prediction science and products by engaging users, e.g. through organising symposia, summer schools, training workshops, and special publications to nurture a growing community of scientists and students on operational oceanography covering ocean observations, ocean prediction  science, operational prediction systems, products, end use tools, downstream services and societal benefits.
  4. Outreach – supporting new operational systems: Collaborate with upcoming prediction systems to support the transition from research to operations