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IV-3.1 JCOMMOPS. SOT Technical Coordinator. JCOMMOPS structure. Programmes currently supported Ship Observations Team (30% Mathieu Belbeoch) Argo Profiling Float Program (70 % Mathieu Belbeoch) Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (70 % Hester Viola)

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iv 3 1 jcommops


SOT Technical Coordinator

jcommops structure
JCOMMOPS structure
  • Programmes currently supported
    • Ship Observations Team (30% Mathieu Belbeoch)
    • Argo Profiling Float Program (70 % Mathieu Belbeoch)
    • Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (70 % Hester Viola)
    • OceanSITES reference station network (30 % Hester Viola)
  • Technical coordinator activities include
    • User assistance
    • JCOMMOPS - information system operations & maintenance (database, new web server, metadata uploads and reporting)
    • Production of monthly maps
    • Production of annual Line Sampling reports
website and audience
Website and audience

JCOMMOPS IT infrastructure upgraded during inter-sessional period

New web server

Metadata loading and processing scripts transitioned to replacement server

Web / FTP server and GIS software upgrades

Changes to ensure compliance with Argos system upgrades

The upgraded Web server is generally stable

Some delays twice a day due to data loading

CLS monitoring team are able to restart JCOMMOPS web services if required


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Website and audience

Usage statistics are now collected for all JCOMMOPS sites

2008 web site usage data all JCOMMOPS sites

~80 visits/day,

~400 visits/week,

~1500 visits/month

18,862 visits in 2008, from 138 countries

74,748 pages viewed

These statistics will help

determine usage levels and audience for the site and

identify requirements for future JCOMMOPS web services


monthly maps and products
Monthly maps and products

JCOMMOPS reporting and monitoring includes

Monthly map of XBT profiles reported on the GTS

Monthly map of sub-surface temperature profiles

Annual SOOP line sampling report (Survey), available on JCOMMOPS website

Monthly SOOP BATHY report, now only available at:ftp://ftp.jcommops.org/SOOP/Reports/

Some reports have been discontinued due to under-utilisation or obsolescence

JJXX / JJYY : report on use of old JJXX / JJYY formats on the GTS discontinued as only one recent use of the format (May 2007, EMPIRE STATE, Call sign : KKFW)

Creation of Upper Ocean Thermal data maps by country - used to be produced biannually, but not up to date currently. Data captured in monthly map at http://wo.jcommops.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/JCOMMOPS.woa/wa/map?type=GTSM_SZ


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Monthly maps and products

Redevelopment of Map layer (GIS) file production across JCOMMOPS, for easier maintenance

Monthly SOOP maps now include information about XCTD and TSG observations

PDF versions of all maps now available allowing layers to be toggled on or off to show different observations separately

Google Earth files now available

Feedback on these reports is requested from panel members – are the reports useful and appropriate?


soop annual sampling report
SOOP Annual sampling report

SOOP annual sampling reports complete for 2006 and 2007

2006 SOOP Line Sampling Report - finalised and metadata made available

in the final SOOP report http://www.jcommops.org/FTPRoot/SOT/SOOP/Survey/2006-Jan-Dec.zip

and on the website at http://wo.jcommops.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/SOOPIndicators

2007 SOOP Line Sampling Report - finalised and XBT metadata made available

in the final SOOP report http://www.jcommops.org/FTPRoot/SOT/SOOP/Survey/2007-Jan-Dec.zip

and on the website at http://wo.jcommops.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/SOOPIndicators

All SOOP annual metadata from the past 7 years is being exported to text files e.g.




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SOOP Annual sampling report

SOOP reports now include links to the relevant information on the SOOP website (not all data is included in the report itself)


Submission of metadata by many SOOPIP data managers has been improved which speeds up report generation

Some discrepancies were identified (in 2005) between the metadata provided for the SOOP Annual Sampling Report and the data reported on the GTS for the 12 months

Some Navy XBT (non-SOOPIP) data going onto the GTS

Some data delayed too long to appear on the GTS

More details of recent results of XBT sampling along SOOP lines are given in the following slides

A comparison of SOOP sampling success from 2002 – 2007 is also provided


2007 soop sampling report
2007 SOOP Sampling report

XBT Drops by country for the period January to December 2007


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2007 SOOP Sampling report

XBT Line Sampling Success - January to December 2007


2008 soop sampling report
2008 SOOP Sampling report

Preliminary results available for 2008 Line Sampling Report

Almost all XBT metadata has now been submitted for 2008 (19,350 drops)

timely submission of metadata is no longer a real problem

Initial results appear slightly better than 2007

Number of metadata records for drops submitted by SOOP Operators to JCOMMOPS for 2007 and preliminary 2008


trends in soop line sampling success
Trends in SOOP Line Sampling success

Analysis of Line sampling 2002 - 2007 indicates that

11 of 45 lines were consistently well-sampled / had improved over the period

8 lines were consistently under-sampled / not sampled

15 lines have decreased their sample quality over the period i.e. gone from being relatively well sampled to ~50% sampled or from ~50% sampled to being under sampled

Summary of Sampling Success for UOT lines between 2002 and 2007 (Draft results for 2008)


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Trends in SOOP Line Sampling success

Analysis of the 2002 – 2007 data highlights potential areas for improvement

SOOP line sampling performance trends 2002 - 2007


communication deployments
Communication & Deployments

Argo and Drifting Buoys : Optimal number of platforms attained, however some gaps in networks identified in SOT TC report

Members requested to provide information on deployment opportunities from ships operating on SOOP lines

SOOP Lines which could be used to deploy Argo floats or drifting buoys in areas required are:

Lines which have been active in the SOOPIP, which go through areas that have been consistently without drifting buoys

VOS operators may also be able to provide details of ships which regularly go through areas of interest.

Any information should be passed to the Technical Coordinator


jcommops future plans
JCOMMOPS Future plans

Redesign of JCOMMOPS website

Improve ease of use and integration across all programs

Improve quality control feedback mechanisms (VOS, Argo, DBCP)

Coordinate updates to Best Practice documents for all SOT programs

Become actively involved in definition of BUFR template requirements

Address requirement for new resource to work on Cruise Planning

Address need for improved products to track deployment opportunities for SOT vessels


  • Team members to provide feedback on SOOPIP and JCOMMOPS websites and reports
    • Identify requirements for any new reports
    • Evaluate usefulness of existing reports and any requirements for modifications
      • In particular the monthly SOOP BATHY report (decide whether to retain it)
  • JCOMMOPS to receive copies of Publication 47 submissions from the WMO
  • Please address all correspondence to: support@jcommops.org