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Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC)

The Ocean Observations Panel for Climate is a scientific expert advisory group charged with making recommendations for a sustained global ocean observing system for climate in support of the goals of its sponsors. This includes recommendations for phased implementation. The Panel also aids in the development of strategies for evaluation and evolution of the system and of its recommendations, and supports global ocean observing activities by interested parties through liaison and advocacy for the agreed observing plans. The OOPC is sponsored by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

Terms of Reference

OOPC is in the course of changing its Terms of Reference. Here you can find a draft version.


Members (1 March 2014)

Dr Mark Bourassa (Co-Chair)

Florida State University

Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies

Tallahassee FL 32306-2840



Dr Toshio Suga (Co-Chair)

Tohoku University

Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science

Aobayama Campus 6-3

Aramaki Aza-Aoba

Aoba-Ku 980-8578, Sendai



Dr Johnny Johannessen

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center

Thormøhlensgt. 47

N-5006 Bergen



Johannes Karstensen

GEOMAR | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel

Düsternbrooker Weg 20

Raum B 16 24105 Kiel

Tel.: 0431 600 4156

Fax: 0431 600 4102


Robert Weller

(also OCG Member)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Clark 204a MS 29

Woods Hole MA 02543



Bernadette Sloyan

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Flagship

GPO Box 1580

Hobart, 7001, Tasmania, Australia.

Tel: +61 3 6232 5222


Dr John Wilkin

Rutgers University

Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

Email: wilkin@marine.rutgers.edu


Steve Worley

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

Boulder, Colorado,


Tel: +1 303 497 1248


Weidong Yu

Director, Center for Ocean and Climate Research

First Institute of Oceanography, SOA

6 Xianxialing Road, Laoshan District

Qingdao 266061




Global Ocean Observing System meeting calendar

Find out more information about OOPC here (IOC/UNESCO)