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Project Info

SynObs is being proposed as a common comprehensive Decade Project to the three Decade Programmes, ForeSea, CoastPredict, and Observing System Co-Design. 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 Flagship OSE Guideline (Ver. 1.0)



SynObs original proposal

SynObs as a project of ForeSea was submitted to the UN Decade second call for action in Jan 2022.


The submission document includes details on

  • project partners and supporting organisations
  • project objectives
  • planned project activities and expected outcomes
  • and more …

SynObs Steering Team members

Co-chairs are marked in bold.

First name Surname Affiliation / OP team; UN project
Lidia Cucurull NOAA-QOSAP
Fraser Davidson ECCC/DFO (OPST co-chair)
Pierre De Mey-Frémaux CNRS/LEGOS (COSS-TT co-chair)
Marjory Friedrichs Virginia Institute of Marine Science (MEAP-TT co-chair)
Yosuke Fujii MRI-JMA (OS-Eval TT co-chair)
David Legler NOAA (Ocean Observing Co-Design)
Andrew M Moore UCSC (DA-TT co-chair)
Elisabeth Remy MOi (OS-Eval-TT co-chair)
Kirsten Wilmer-Becker Met Office (OP coordinator)

SynObs Steering Team meetings

The SynObs Steering Team has quarterly meetings  to discuss the project progress.

Date Meeting Participants Notes/ Presentation Recording
4 April 2023 (Tue) 4th SynObs Steering Team meeting Steering Team members TBC TBC
5 Dec 2022 (Mon) 3rd SynObs Steering Team meeting Steering Team members Summary No recording
26 April 2022 (Tue) 2nd SynObs Steering Team meeting Marjy Friedrichs, Yosuke Fujii, David Legler, Andy Moore, Peter Oke, Elisabeth Remy, Kirsten Wilmer-Becker SynObs-ST2_v02.pdf SynObs-meeting recordings
16 Feb 2022 (Wed) 1st SynObs Steering Team meeting Yosuke Fujii, Pierre De Mey-Frémaux , Friedrichs, Andy Moore, David Legler, Peter Oke,  Elisabeth Remy, Kirsten Wilmer-Becker SynObs-ST1-presentation-Fujii.pdf SynObs-meeting recordings