A key recommendation from the OceanObs’09 Conference held in Venice in September 2009 was for international integration and coordination of interdisciplinary ocean observations. Based on impressive agreement among the many groups present and their strong desire to work collectively, the sponsors commissioned a Task Team to develop an Integrated Framework for Sustained Ocean Observing (hereafter referred to as the FOO). The Framework was published in May 2012 and the implementation process started shortly after.
One of the initial tasks set by the FOO is for the three Ocean Observing System Panels (Physics, Biology/Ecology and Carbon/Biogeochemistry), interacting through virtual and in-person meetings and workshops, to propose a set of Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) which would then be promoted as fundamental measurements needed to address the current scientific and societal ocean/climate-related issues. This list would enable funding of the interdisciplinary, integrated global ocean observing network (the improved, multidisciplinary GOOS). Each panel has a lead organization, which is tentatively tasked to consult the community and create a loose consortium of relevant and interested experts and/or organizations, helping to justify and negotiate the inclusion of certain parameters in the final list of EOVs.
Due to its extensive expertize in coordination of ocean carbon observations, the IOCCP was asked by the Task Team to lead the Biogeochemistry Panel. The IOCCP developed a 4-step work plan leading to the initial assessment of the existing observing network. The IOCCP has compiled the available information on societal and scientific requirements regarding the marine biogeochemistry parameters necessary for inclusion into the FOO as EOVs. We are now consulting with programmatic and institutional partners on their requirements for the multidimensional feasibility assessment of the proposed parameters. It is important that observing, modeling and sensor/instrument developing communities are involved. Following the consultation process, the IOCCP will lead the multidimensional feasibility assessment of the proposed parameters built on the FOO recommendations and summarize the results for inclusion into the Global Climate Observing System. Finally, the IOCCP will produce a summary publication of the multidimensional feasibility assessment of the marine biogeochemistry parameters necessary for inclusion into the FOO as EOVs.
To kick-start the process, the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) sponsored, through IOCCP, an expert meeting which was carried out side by side with the Biology and Ecosystem Panel meeting. The First Technical Workshop for Biology and Ecosystem and Biogeochemistry Panels was held in Townsville, Australia in November 2013. During this workshop the GOOS Biogeochemistry Panel sought advice from technical experts to assist with:
- identification of major scientific and societal challenges that require sustained observations of ocean biogeochemistry variables;
- identification of candidate biogeochemical Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs);
- defining the state of readiness of set requirements, existing observing system elements and existing data streams for all proposed EOVs on the various frequency and resolution levels;
- identifying monitoring activities and projects to practically implement the biological and biogeochemistry recommendations in the GOOS Framework for Ocean Observing (FOO), the Panel for Integrated Coastal Observation (PICO) Plan and the upcoming update of the Global Climate Observing System’s Implementation Plan.
Input of a wider community was invited before, during and after the town hall meeting organized during the OSM'14 in Honolulu. In order for the FOO implementation to become a truly open and transparent process we would like to continue these community consultations. The town hall meeting in Honolulu and GOOS webinar gave us an opportunity to provide you with a short status update but most importantly we seek your opinion on a biogeochemical EOVs proposed for long-term global monitoring.
To help you get involved we post the EOV Workshop report together with 8 Specification Sheets, one for each proposed EOV. As you will see, it is still work in progress and your expert knowledge will be highly appreciated.
Technical Experts Workshop for GOOS Biogeochemistry Panel Draft Report
EOV Specification Sheet - Oxygen (version: 2016.02.22)
EOV Specification Sheet - Inorganic Macro Nutrients (version: 2016.02.22)
EOV Specification Sheet - Carbonate System (version: 2016.02.22)
EOV Specification Sheet - Transient Tracers (version: 2016.02.22)
EOV Specification Sheet - Suspended Particulates (version: 2016.02.22)
EOV Specification Sheet - Nitrous Oxide (version: 2016.02.22)
EOV Specification Sheet - Stable Carbon Isotopes (version: 2016.02.22)
EOV Specification Sheet - Dissolved Organic Carbon (version: 2016.02.22)
Comments, inputs, edits and any other types of interaction are welcome! Please direct your communications to the IOCCP Chair and Project Director. And stay tuned for next steps.
activities, RELATED WORKSHOPS
• Implementation of Multi-disciplinary Sustained Ocean Observations Workshop (IMSOO), 8-10 February 2017, Miami, FL, USA
• Setting Biogeochemical Observing Targets for the Observing System in the Atlantic - an AtlantOS workshop, 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2016, Sopot, Poland