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ForeSea projects

ForeSea is hosting three projects under UN Decade of Ocean Science

Synergistic Observing Network for Ocean Prediction

MRI-JMA – Japan

SynObs will seek to extract maximum benefit from combining various observation platform measurements, typically satellite and in situ observation data, or combinations of coastal and open ocean platforms for ocean/coastal predictions.

SynObs aims to identify the optimal combination of the different ocean observation platforms through observing system design and evaluation, and to develop assimilation methods which can enable drawing synergistic effects from these combinations. Targets of SynObs include open-ocean, such as global, tropical, mid-latitude, arctic and subarctic oceans, as well as coastal-sea, and biogeochemical observing systems.

SynObs is being proposed as a common comprehensive Decade Project to the three Decade Programmes: ForeSeaCoastPredict, and Observing System Co-Design.


Subseasonal to Seasonal North Pacific Prediction

Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology – Republic of Korea

Over the Northwestern Pacific, extreme ocean events such as marine heat waves and cold water surges are becoming more frequent and intensifying. These extremes events are caused by change in the subtropical ocean circulation or the atmospheric circulation which in turn affected by high-latitude or tropical air-sea interaction. 

To understand the governing dynamics, we analyze atmospheric and oceanographic data and measure air-sea interactions over the Bering Sea and tropical western Pacific using a buoy, wave gliders and research vessels. To make ~10 days prediction, we build a high resolution regional air-sea coupled climate prediction system over the North Pacific. In addition, we are to build a seasonal ocean prediction system using an earth system model and machine learning techniques. 


University of the Virgin Islands – USA

During preliminary workshops among constituents in the Tropical Americas and Caribbean (TAC), the need was expressed for the co-design and operation of a sustained integrated ocean observation and forecasting system for the region that will provide essential information for the sustainable development, well-being, prosperity and safety of the region’s oceans. 

The system will be in alignment with the GOOS 2030 Strategy, using a value chain approach, connecting observations through data management for use in analyses and models to create applications. It will have a governance and management structure that ensures sustainability, enables and supports broad regional engagement and participation, promotes data and information sharing, and advocate for regional collaboration with the global ocean community. It will promote the development of regional national observing systems and collaborate with global Ocean Decade Programmes, and utilize both for capacity building and education.