PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 3 Background SOT consists of a group of enduring and successful data collection programs: Voluntary Observing Ships’ (VOS) Scheme. Ship of Opportunity Programme (SOOP). Automated Shipboard Aerological Programme (ASAP).
PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 4 Objectives To manage, coordinate and, wherever possible, integrate the VOS Scheme, SOOP and ASAP to support a range of well defined operational and research applications. To liaise and coordinate with other groups involved in using volunteer ships as environmental observing platforms with a view to their participation in SOT. To foster greater national coordination between agencies involved in similar or related programs.
PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 5 Relationship with JCOMM SOT sits alongside the DBCP and the GLOSS-GE as the three Implementation Panels in the Observations Programme Area of JCOMM*. JCOMM is the reporting and coordinating mechanism for the operational marine activities of WMO and IOC. Formally established in 1999 through a merger of the Commission for Marine Meteorology of WMO and the Integrated Global Ocean Services System of IOC. * WMO/IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology
PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 6 JCOMM Structure
PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 7 Working Arrangements SOT meets every two years and incorporates plenary sessions of the VOSP, SOOPIP and ASAPP. Most work is undertaken during the inter-sessional period by specific Task Teams that report at SOT. Scientific guidance is provided by expert panels and bodies for climate and operational meteorology.
PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 9 Panel Chairs SOTGraeme BallAustralia VOSPJulie FletcherNew Zealand SOOPIPSteve CookUnited States ASAPPSarah NorthUnited Kingdom
PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 10 Achievements Greater cooperation and coordination between: VOSP, SOOPIP and ASAPP; International VOS, SOOP and ASAP operators; and National agencies operating similar programs. Liaison with other groups that use volunteer ships as observing platforms: International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project; and Seakeepers International.
PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 11 Achievements Increasing use of PMOs to find ships for other national agencies for special purposes or sampling programs: The Master only has to deal with one familiar face; and Reduced number of visitors wanting to meet with the Master. Spreading the load to ensure that better reporting and more obliging ships are not over-tasked with sampling programs.
PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 12 Achievements Greater deployment opportunities in support of global drifting buoy and profiling float programs. Improved channels of communications between VOS & PMO Focal Points. Greater involvement in PMO training and in defining the role, responsibility and functions of the PMO. Lead role in defining the VOS metadata requirements.
PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 13 Achievements Revised Terms of Reference for JCOMMOPS were approved at JCOMM-II (Halifax, September 2005) to increase the level of support to SOT. Raising awareness of the need for: Comprehensive observer training and re-training; Equipment standards leading to data quality assurance; Regular instrument calibration checks or replacement; Robust data processing and reporting methods; and Data quality control and quality monitoring.
PMO-III, 23-24 March 2006, Hamburg. 14 Achievements Enhanced VOS monitoring tools: Timeliness of receipt of observations (UKMO); Multi-recruitment (Liz Kent); and Data quality monitoring (UKMO). Integration opportunities provided by the Task Team on VOS Recruitment and Programme Promotion: Design Guidelines for shipbuilders; SOT Certificate of Appreciation; SOT flyer; and Ship recruitment presentation.
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