|Tropical moored buoy implementation panel - 10|
Oban, United Kingdom
The Tropical Moored Buoy Implementation Panel (TIP) held its tenth session (TIP-10*) on 26 September 2010 at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, Scotland. The meeting was held immediately prior to the 26th session of the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP-26) at the same location. TIP is an Action Group of the DBCP so that juxtaposing the two meetings was advantageous both logistically and scientifically.
The purpose of TIP-10 was: 1) to review measurement standards for tropical moored buoy programs that contribute to The Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Program, the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS); 2) to update the status of moored buoy array developments for climate research and forecasting in the tropical Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans; and 3) to recommend actions to strengthen international cooperation among organizations involved in supporting tropical moored buoy programs. Twenty-one participants from eight nations attended the meeting. The agenda, abstracts, participant list, and presentations are linked to this page.
One important outcome of the meeting was to establish a technical coordination group with Paul Freitag as lead coordinator. The purpose of this group is to define a set of measurement standards for TAO/TRITON, PIRATA, and RAMA as more ATLAS-like and TRITON-like moored buoy systems are introduced by different operators. This group would also establish procedures to exchange information among moored buoy array participants about cruise schedules, field operations, calibration procedures and data processing; publish regular updates on array status; and communicate essential operational information to the DBCP and other relevant organizations. Participation in the group would be open; members would be drawn from operators of moored buoy programs and related programs.
A second important outcome of the meeting was to recommend adoption or a common set of protocols for expanding the moored buoy arrays in all three ocean basins. These protocols are based on how PIRATA managed its expansion since 2005 and they involve five steps:
1. Interested parties submit a proposal to the relevant body charged with scientific oversight of the particular array. The proposal describes the scientific rationale for the expansion, its technical feasibility, the compatibility of the proposed instrumentation with that used in the existing array, and the policy and procedures for data distribution.
2. The proposal is sent out to three reviewers for evaluation.
3. Reviews are returned to the proposer with the opportunity to revise the proposal if necessary. The revised proposal is resubmitted for evaluation by the scientific oversight committee.
4. Successful proposals are commissioned as a three-year demonstration project.
5. The demonstration project is evaluated and, if successful, is incorporated permanently into the array.
The TIP would like to thank the DBCP for its encouragement and support in convening TIP-10 in conjunction with DBCP-26. We especially would like to thank David Meldrum, local organizer of the meetings at SAMS, for his careful preparations and cheerful hospitality. David’s efforts ensured both a successful TIP meeting and a very pleasant visit to the beautiful city of Oban. *The naming convention is intended to link to the series of former TAO Implementation Panel Meetings, the last of which was TIP-9.
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