CLIVAR-GOOS workshop was successfully organised in August 2022

The CLIVAR/GOOS/ICTP workshop: 'From global to coastal: Cultivating new solutions and partnerships for an enhanced Ocean Observing System in a decade of accelerating change' was successfully organised from 15th to 17th August 2022 in Trieste, Italy and online. This workshop brought 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. 21 onsite and 36 online participants from 29 countries attended the workshop, which was endorsed as an activity of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

During the 3-day workshop, 15 plenary presentations were made on the global and regional ocean observing systems, success and innovations and the new technologies. In addition, 15 flash talks were made to reflect the perspectives from the developing rim-countries and small islands. During the breakout discussion sessions organized in each afternoon, participants were grouped around three thematical topics: 1) oceanographers’ connection; 2) new technologies and 3) co-design stakeholders. Each group was asked to think about what the leading challenges are in maximising the use of ocean observations for applications and end-users, to provide possible solutions and partnerships that will enhance the global ocean observing system as well as to prioritize the recommendations by providing an implementable action plan with timeline, looking at both short term (1-3 yrs) and long term (3-5 yrs) goals, identifying the potential champions, partnerships and funding mechanisms. The prioritized recommendations will be conveyed to CLIVAR, GOOS and/or OBPS (Ocean Best Practice System).

We appreciated the support from the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the Abdus Salam International Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the World Climate Research Programme and US CLIVAR to the workshop. The recording and slides of the workshop are available at the ICTP and CLIVAR websites respectively.


Background of the workshop

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.