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
- To develop recommendations to the GOOS SC and I-GOOS for a sustained global ocean observing system, in support of WCRP, GOOS, and GCOS climate objectives, including recommendations for phased implementation;
- To help develop a process for ongoing evaluation and evolution of the observing system and its recommendations;
- To support global ocean observing activities by involved parties, through liaison and advocacy for the agreed observing plans;
- To promote the establishment and maintenance of an ocean observing system to provide long-term, high-quality, consistent data and information to meet those requirements;
- To review the current state of the ocean component of the current global observing system for climate;
- To identify gaps and inadequacies in the ocean component to of the current global observing system for climate;
- To liaise with the other GCOS Panels, WCRP steering groups and other relevant entities, such as WMO and IOC Commissions and CEOS, on oceanographic climate observing system issues.
- To carry out agreed assignments from the GCOS Steering Committee, I-GOOS Advisory Board and GOOS Scientific and Technical Committee (GSSC).
- To report regularly to the GCOS Steering Committee, I-GOOS Advisory Board and GOOS Scientific and Technical Committee (GSSC) on issues related to the ocean component of GCOS.
Find out more information about OOPC here (IOC/UNESCO)