5th Organising Committee Telecon for the CLIVAR-GOOS Workshop

The 5th Organising Committee telecon for CLIVAR-GOOS workshop was organized on October 20, 2021, with the participation of Weidong Yu (Co-chair, OOPC), Edem Mahu (Co-chair, invited), Lisa Beal (OOPC), Maria Paz Chidichimo (ARP), Sophie Cravatte (PRP), Enrique Curchister (OMDP), Tarron Lamont (ARP), Ivonne Montes (PRP), Hindumathi Palanisamy (GSOP & WCRP Secretariat), Sheena Talma (invited), and Jose Santos and Jing Li from ICPO. The meeting focused on the discussion of the zero draft of workshop agenda prepared by Dr. Weidong Yu, with the daily themes of societal and scientific drivers of regional ocean observing systems (D1); Connect observation-modeling-prediction (D2); and Multi-disciplinary and innovative observing system and expansion into coastal zones (D3). For each day, there are plenary sessions scheduled in the morning, with breakout group discussion sessions in the afternoon. Several constructive comments and suggestions were received from the participants focusing on: 
  1. Involvement of the whole CLIVAR community: besides the current involvement of ARP, PRP and IORP, the workshop should also include the Northern and Southern Ocean Region Panels (NORP and SORP) as well as OMDP and GSOP of CLIVAR; 
  2. The agenda of the workshop should be arranged towards the goal and objectives of the workshop. The overall goal of the workshop is to cultivate new solutions and partnerships for an enhanced ocean observing system from global to coastal. The specific objectives are: 1) to bring the CLIVAR panels together invited speakers  from developing rim nations for 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; 2) to discuss and develop opportunities for developing rim countries to increase their oceanographic capabilities and improve regional forecasting in partnership with the various regional ocean observing systems as well as to 3) will provide an opportunity to discuss how the efforts and priorities of regional and national observing systems combine and how the panels can prepare together for the UN’s International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030;
  3. Instead of having many conventional comprehensive talks given by the CLIVAR panels and the world leading organizations, programmes and projects, it is more important to find out the interests from developing rim countries with regard to their focus and needs as early as possible during the workshop, and then synergies could be identified;
  4. The speakers of the workshop need to be more diverse and more fundings support for the workshop should be further explored in order to ensure the participation from developing countries.  
The committee members will add their inputs into the draft agenda via Google Doc.