Workshop for a new marine climate data system, Hamburg, Germany, 28 November - 2 December 2011
The workshop for a new Marine Climate Data System (MCDS) was held at the Deutscher Wetterdienst in Hamburg, Germany, from 28 November to 2 December 2011. The main goals of the meeting were to discuss the vision for a new MCDS in the next 10 years to better address the WMO-IOC-UNEP-ICSU Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), and the WMO-IOC-UNEP-ICSU Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) marine-meteorological and ocean data requirements for climate monitoring, forecasting, and services, and starting by (i) a modernized Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) delayed-mode data-flow, (ii) the establishment of a network of WMO-IOC Centres for Marine-meteorological and Oceanographic Climate Data (CMOCs) on the model of the trusted ICOADS, and (iii) the integration of the Responsible National Oceanographic Data Centre (RNODC) for Drifting Buoys (RNODC/DB) and the Specialized Oceanographic Centre (SOC) for Drifting Buoys (SOC/DB) to avoid duplication. The workshop clarified the role of the IOC, and particularly the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) in the MCDS, and agreed on a Vision for the MCDS to be submitted to JCOMM-IV for approval. It also agreed on a draft strategy, and initial implementation plan for the MCDS building on existing systems. The workshop further drafted two Recommendations to be submitted to the Fourth Session (JCOMM-IV) of the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) for approval: • A draft Recommendation on the MCDS and the establishment of CMOCs, with proposed CMOC Terms of Reference, and governance for their establishment; • A Draft Recommendation on the collection of instrument/platform metadata. The workshop welcomed the potential offers from China and USA to establish CMOCs, and proposed templates for statements of compliance and commitment to be submitted to JCOMM according to the proposed governance. It is expected that the two countries will submit Statements of Compliance and Commitment no later than 15 February 2012 to permit their evaluation by the Data Management Coordination Group, and the consideration of their formal establishment by JCOMM-IV. The workshop encouraged other Members/Member States to submit applications (by 15 February 2012 in case consideration by JCOMM-IV is sought). The workshop agreed on general principles for the flow of marine-meteorological and oceanographic data within the MCDS, including the future establishment (or recognition of existing) of Data Acquisition Centres (DACs), Global Data Assembly Centres (GDACs), and CMOCs as an outcome of the Marine Climatological Summaries Scheme (MCSS) modernization. The workshop discussed the recommendations from the ad hoc Task Team on RNODC/DB and SOC/DB integration, and refined the data-flow proposal for drifting buoy data accordingly. The VOS data-flow was also discussed, and agreed upon. These shall be further discussed and elaborated as part of the MCDS strategy, implementation plan, and refinement of the MCDS dataflow.