The GTSPP Project: Overview and Options for the Future
The Global Temperature-Salinity Profile Programme (GTSPP) is a joint programme of the IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and the Joint IOC/WMO Committee on the Integrated Global Ocean Services System (IGOSS). IODE and IGOSS are technical committees of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Development of the GTSPP (then called the Global Temperature-Salinity Pilot Project) began in 1989. The short-term goal of the GTSPP was to respond to the needs of the Tropical Ocean and Global Atmosphere (TOGA) Experiment and the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) for temperature and salinity data. The longer-term goal was to develop and implement an end-to-end data management system for temperature and salinity data, which could serve as a model for future oceanographic data management systems. GTSPP went into operation in November 1990. The first version of the GTSPP Project Plan was published the same year. Since that time, there have been many developments and some changes in direction including a decision by IGOSS and IODE to end the pilot phase and implement GTSPP as a permanent programme. Member States of the IOC and WMO decided it was time to publish an updated version of the programme plan. In addition to presenting information on the further development of the GTSPP, this document highlights the more important improvements to international data management practice. This new plan serves both as a guide to future development of the GTSPP and a concise source of information on progress to date.