Ocean Model Development Panel (OMDP)

About Us

OMDP Panel Members

Name Role Institute Country
G. Danabasoglu (1, 5) Co-Chair 2016 National Center for Atmospheric Research USA
S. Marsland (2) Co-Chair 2017 CSIRO, CAWCR Australia
E. Curchitser Member 2015 Rutgers University USA
M. Winton (5) Member 2016 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab., NOAA USA
D. Holland (3) Member 2015 Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University USA
G. Nurser Member 2015 National Oceanography Center UK
Y. Komuro Member 2016 JAMSTEC Japan
S. Masina Member 2016 CMCC Italy
A. Oschlies Member 2016 GEOMAR Germany
J. Le Sommer Member 2017 Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement France
T. Ringler Member 2017 Los Alamos National Laboratory USA
F. Qiao Member 2017 FIO/SOA China
M. Bentsen Member 2017 Norwegian Meteorological Institute Norway
H. Hewitt Member 2017 Met Office Hadley Centre UK
C. Böning Ex officio GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Germany
A. M. Treguier Ex officio Laboratoire de Physique de Océans, IFREMER France
E. Chassignet (7) Ex officio Florida State University USA
R. Greatbatch Ex officio GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Germany
S. Griffies (6) Ex officio NOAA/GFDL USA

Information on other activities where OMDP members are serving:

1 - Chair of the US CLIVAR AMOC Science Team
2 - OMDP representative on WCRP Climate Model Metrics Panel (WCMMP), and the WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling
3 - Co-Principal Investigator of the Arctic Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (AOMIP)
5 - US CLIVAR Climate Process Team (CPTs)
6 - CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG)
7 - Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE)

The ICPO contact for the CLIVAR Ocean Model Development Panel is Anna Pirani.



Within the ocean modeling community, there are examples of a number of successful named intercomparison activities such as OCMIP, DYNAMO, DAMEE, and DOME that are organized around particular research questions with protocols designed specifically to address those questions.


Terms of Reference

1. To stimulate the development of ocean models for research in climate and related fields.

2. To encourage investigations of the effects of model formulation on the results of ocean models, making use of sensitivity studies and intercomparisons.

3. To promote interaction amongst the ocean modelling community and between this and other communities through workshops and other activities.

4. To stimulate the validation of ocean models when used in stand alone mode and as part of a coupled ocean-atmosphere model, using oceanographic data and other methods, and to advise on the observational requirements of such studies.

5. To publicise developments in ocean models amongst the climate modelling community.

6. To collaborate with other activities in areas of overlapping responsibility.

7. To advise on ocean modelling and related issues and to report on its activities to the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group and the CLIVAR co-chair of WGCM.

WCRP-WWRP-THORPEX Model Evaluation and Development Survey - Overview

Errors in climate (ocean-atmosphere-land-ice) and NWP general circulation models substantially limit the skill of climate and weather predictions on a wide range of space and time scales. Identifying these errors and understanding their root cause constitutes a prerequisite for the planning of model