Study Group on Ocean Observations and Infrastructure Systems (SG-OOIS)

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Ocean Observations and Infrastructure are foundational to the delivery of forecast and decision support services across the weather, water, climate and ocean regimes. The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) helps to identify and use appropriate instruments for assessing the ocean observation requirements, evaluates the effectiveness of ocean observing systems and identifies gaps (e.g. through impact studies), and makes recommendations on the desired evolution of the observing networks.
In line with the developing GOOS Strategy 2030, and incorporating guidance from the Joint WMO-IOC Collaborative Board (JCB), and the WMO Technical Coordination Committee(TCC) and Coordinating with appropriate INFCOM and SERCOM standing committees and study groups, the Study Group on Ocean Observations and Infrastructure System will propose and help establish efficient functional connections between the GOOS and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW), the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW), the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS), the WMO Information System (WIS), the IOC International Oceanographic Data Exchange(IODE) and the Global Data Processing and Forecasting System. (GDPFS)
In order to strengthen the end-to-end value chain from observations to data distribution, forecasting systems, services and applications, the Study Group will consider further contributions to the GOOS Strategy 2030 and GOOS Implementation Roadmap and address the expected outputs from the joint WMO-IOC Strategy for ocean data management, keeping in mind the potential to explore new partnerships for accessing ocean data sources and products that are now available to WMO Members in real-time and delayed mode.
There will be potential to explore new partnerships for accessing ocean data sources and products that are now available to WMO Members in real-time and delayed mode.
The Study Group will also provide recommendations on [Argentina] the functional connections:
(a) In coordination with SERCOM SC-MMO, to engage with Members in all regions and review and clarify their ocean requirements related to ocean observations, for WMO-related strategic needs including NWP, Earth system modeling, including for the safety of life at sea, and climate prediction and monitoring;
(b) in coordination with the INFCOM SC-ON and SG-GBON, to identify the observations and data requirements including issues related to Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) [Secretariat based on US comments] needed to support these forecasting systems, models, assessments and key monitoring products (e.g., IPCC assessments; State of the Climate Reports);
(c) to assess capabilities of Members with regard to the use of ocean data and ocean observing for services, and explore capacity development activities that are required, and
(d) to promote stronger engagement of Members, especially those in developing countries, in ocean observations and infrastructure systems.

Expertise required
Expertise will be required in the following areas related to the use and implementation of marine meteorological and oceanographic observations:
• Use of marine meteorological and oceanographic observations and related products, including marine services;
• Skill in making and collecting marine observations;
• Ocean observing network implementation and monitoring and observing system review.

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