Tropical Atlantic Observing System Review Workshop

Thursday, February 8, 2018 to Friday, February 9, 2018
Event City: 
Event Attendance: 
By invitation
Event Contact: 
Jing Li
Event Description: 

Tropical Atlantic Observing System Review Workshop

  1. Time: 8-9 Febrary 2018
  2. Venue: Courtyard by Marriott Portland Convention Center Downtown (Add: 435 NE Wasco St Portland Oregon 97232 USA; Tel: +1 503-234-3200), Portland, Oregon, USA
  3. Agenda:   Download the full version
Time Title Speaker
Day 1    
08:30-09:00 Registration  
09:00-09:30 Welcome and Introductions  
  Session I:  Requirements for the Tropical Atlantic Observing System    
Chair: S. Speich    Rapporteur:
09:30-10.00 Societal impact and importance of observing the Tropical Atlantic  
10:00-10:30 Tropical Atlantic variability and change
(Ocean circulation, TAV "modes", long-term trends)
10:30-11:00 Role of the Tropical Atlantic in the climate system
(regional climate variability, interbasin and interhemispheric connections)
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break  
11:30-12:00 Operational Forecasting Systems (Weather, Monthly, Seasonal)  
12:00-12:30 Climate prediction and projection  
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch  

Session I (continued) Chair: M. Visbeck Rapporteur:

14:00-14:30 Extreme Events (hurricanes, flooding/drought, …)  
14:30-15:00 Evaluation fo the TA oberving system from ocean data assimilation/reanalysis perspective  
15:00-15:30 Biogeochemical applications in the TA: Requirements, synergies, and gaps  
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break  
16:00-16:30 Biology and Fisheris applications: Requirements, synergies, and gaps  
16:30-17:00 Presentations from related observation programmes (IMBER/SOLAS, etc.) TBA  
Requirements for existing and emerging drivers; 
essential ocean variables (EOVs) and system design. 
What is the key information that is being
(a) sucessfully provided and 
(b) missing from the TA observing system for these science/societal drivers? 
(Recommendations from today's session with a special focus on issues to address in the review)
18.00-19.00 Review Committee meeting (closed session)  
19:30-20:30 Reception  
Day 2
Session 2: Tropical Atlantic Observing System Networks: Current Status and plans to 2030 
Chair: B. Johns    Rapporteur: 
8:30- 9:00 Mooring Networks: PIRATA (+ others)?  
9:00-9:20 Satellite Observations  
9:20-9:40 Autonomous Networks (Argo, surface drifters)  
9:40-10:00 Vessels (VOS, GO-SHIP, PIRATA)  
10:00-10:30 Emerging Technologies: Requirements, readiness, and Integration  
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00-12:00 Discussion (contiued): 
Successes and gaps of the observing system newtork for science/societal applications; 
How to fill those gaps/optimize the TAOS? 
Recommendations for future evolution of the TAOS. 
12:00-13:30 Lunch  
  Session 3. Data Flow and Information Products                                             
Chair:  M.Balmaseda     Rapporteur:  
13:30-14:00 Current data availability and access (real-time and delayed, how delivered?)  
14:00-14:30 Available Analysis Products (how accessed and how used by science/operatonal cummunity and stakeholders?)  
14:30-15:00 Discussion: 
Gaps in data availability/access and information products? 
Recommendations for possible improvements in data/information products and delivery. 
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break  
  Session 4. Governance, Review, and Resourcing                                    
Chair:  K. Hill     Rapporteur:  
15:30-15:45 Perspectives from the Blueprint for Atlantic Observing  

(5-10 min each)


Presentations by agencies with interests in engaging: (TBD)  
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  
Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)  
Brazil (what agencies/national representatives to invite?)  
Others? (Senegal, South Africa, Namibia, Angola ??)  
16:30-17:00 Discussion: 
Proposed governance and review mechanisms. 
Does the proposed TPOS-2020  structure 
(a TAOS Resources Forum, under guidance of a TAOS Streering Commitee,
work for the Ttropical Atlantic? 
Alternate governance/review mechanisms? ) 
17:00-17:40 Summary: Points of consensus, divergence, issues to resolve.  
17:40-18:00 Next Steps: Workshop report; follow-on meeting(s)?;Closing remarks  
18:00 Meeting Adjourns  
18:00-19:00 Review Committee meeting/dinner (closed session)