CLIVAR-GOOS Workshop: From global to coastal: Cultivating new solutions and partnerships for an enhanced Ocean Observing System in a decade of accelerating change

Monday, August 15, 2022 to Wednesday, August 17, 2022
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Event Attendance: 
By invitation
Event Contact: 
Jing Li
Event Description: 

From global to coastal:
Cultivating new solutions and partnerships
for an enhanced Ocean Observing System in a decade of accelerating change

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In order to meet growing societal and scientific demand for climate information, forecasting, and prediction, the ocean observing community — through CLIVAR, GOOS, and partners — have recently conducted major reviews of several regional Ocean Observing Systems (e.g. AtlantOS, TPOS2020, IndOOS-2). Through these reviews communities are recognising the overarching need for: 1) Expansion of long-term observations into the coastal zone, where humans interact with the ocean; 2) Multi-disciplinary observing systems that better track oxygen minimum zones, the carbon cycle, and productivity. Meanwhile, the implementation and enhancement of each regional observing system is met with similar challenges: Identifying drivers, optimising design, funding expansion, developing new resources, testing new platforms and sensors, building partnerships with rim nations, capacity building, data sharing, etc. Therefore, bringing the panels together, with an emphasis on participation of developing nation scientists, would allow an exchange of problems, ideas, and solutions, enriching the efforts of each and adding up to a global perspective worth more than the sum of its parts.

To address the above-mentioned needs, a workshop titled 'From global to coastal: Cultivating new solutions and partnerships for an enhanced Ocean Observing System in a decade of accelerating change' is proposed by the CLIVAR community, with the support from Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and partners. This workshop will bring members across different CLIVAR panels, observing system scientists and leaders together with invited speakers from developing rim nations to discuss priorities and cross-cutting strategies as well as explore new partnerships for the expansion of the regional ocean observing systems. 

At the workshop, participants will:

  • Present and discuss the current most important societal and scientific drivers of each of the regional basin-wide observing systems.
  • Hear scientists from developing countries present the scientific and societal drivers for observing their coastal oceans and discuss how their needs may interface with the regional ocean observing systems and their products.
  • Discuss challenges, processes, and outcomes of reviewing and designing the regional observing systems for the next decade. For example, (i) the transition to more multidisciplinary observing systems (and panel membership), (ii) the need for regional-scale forecasting and expansion into the coastal zone, (iii) lobbying for resources, capacity-building, and developing partnerships, (iv) data archiving, assemblage, and sharing.
  • Discuss how our efforts and priorities combine and how the panels can prepare together for the UN Decade



Venue: ICTP, Trieste, Italy

Dates: 15-17 August 2022 


Registration (Guidelines)

Please follow the link from the webpage and on the left-hand bar: "Apply Here" to enter the application system.

During your registration process, you are able to:

  • Indicate your preference of participation option;
  • Apply financial assistance;
  • Choose your interested topics;
  • Indicate your Early Career Scientist status;
  • Submit an abstract for your talk.

Deadline: The deadline on 15 June 2022 is for abstracts submission and grant application and on 31 July 2022 is for all other applications.



The programme for the workshop is available at

Organising Committee

Name Affiliation Country Role
Weidong Yu (co-chair) Sun Yat-Sen University China OOPC
Edem Mahu (co-chair) University of Ghana Ghana Invited
Lisa Beal University of Miami USA OOPC
Riccardo Farneti  ICTP Italy SORP, Sponsor
Nick Hardman-Mountford Commonwealth Secretariat UK IORP
Maria Paz Chidichimo  CONICET and SHN Argentina ARP, OOPC
Tarron Lamont Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment South Africa ARP
Ivonne Montes Geophysics Institute of Peru Peru PRP
Sophie Cravatte IRD France PRP
Enrique Curchitser Rutgers University USA OMDP
Sheena Talma Nekton Foundation UK/ Seychelles Invited
Albert Fischer  GOOS France Sponsor
Hindumathi PALANISAMY WCRP Secretariat Geneva WCRP
Jose Santos International CLIVAR Project Office China Secretariat
Jing Li International CLIVAR Project Office China Secretariat



  • CLIVAR: Atlantic Region Panel (ARP), Pacific Region Panel (PRP), Indian Ocean Region Panel (IORP), Northern Ocean Region Panel (NORP) and Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP), Global Synthesis and Observations Panel (GSOP); Ocean Model Development Panel (OMDP).
  • US CLIVAR: Phenomena, Observations, and Synthesis panel;
  • GOOS: Ocean Observations for Physics and Climate panel (OOPC);
  • Invited developing nation scientists.

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