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6th Ocean Best Practices Workshop

Overview and themes

The Workshop will cover a broad range of topics proposed/selected by proposed session leads and the workshop coordinators. For the Plenaries, there are two general themes:

1) Guiding technology evolution and use
2) Capacity development/sharing, with an emphasis on developing countries.

For more information please visit: Announcing the 6th OBPS Workshop – OBPS – Ocean Best Practices System

Date and time

The Ocean Practices: OBPS Workshop VI will take place VIRTUALLY with Plenaries on 5, 6, and 19 October 2022 (each three hours long).

Working Group sessions will meet in between, at times of their own choosing.


The agenda will be finalised at the start of October, and advertised by email and on the OBPS Workshop website.

Goals and registration

Workshop goals are to guide the development of best practices and operating practices, to promote their documentation, and to share them widely using the Ocean Best Practices System.

For details and registration see: .

Special session on operational ocean forecasting

Please note in particular the session on Best practices in operational ocean forecasting co-organised by the OceanPredict Operational Systems Working Group. This will be held virtually over two days:


Thurs 13 Oct 11:00-13:00 UTC

Fri 14 Oct 11:00-13:00 UTC


The session will be a mixture of invited and submitted talks, and open discussion. Members of the OceanPredict community are invited to present, and asked to email a proposed title and brief abstract to the session organisers by Monday 26 September. Session organisers’ contact details are:

David Ford: [email protected]
Fraser Davidson: [email protected]
Regina Folorunsho: [email protected]


Full session description and aims:

Operational ocean forecasting systems combine models and observations to forecast the ocean state. Predictions may be at local, regional or global scale, and for physics, biogeochemistry, ice or waves. Systems should provide reliable and accurate information, allowing end users to make decisions for societal and/or economic benefit. Best practices can help with sharing expertise, providing information and confidence to users, and better integration with the observing community and other members of the operational value chain. This session welcomes contributions on all aspects of best practices for ocean forecasting, and has two goals in particular. Firstly, to ensure that best practices fully account for the needs of local communities around the world, particularly those who do not yet have access to reliable ocean predictions, but who could potentially benefit the most from them. Secondly, to inform the definition of best practices on ocean forecasting system reporting. This includes permitting comparison of ocean forecasting systems as well as presentation of this information to users and stakeholders.


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