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jcomm observing programme support centre activities future directions and opportunities

JCOMM Observing Programme Support Centre Activities, future directions and opportunities.

JCOMM III, Nov. 2009, Marrakech

Mathieu Belbeoch &

Hester Viola

aims of this talk
Aims of this talk
  • Background
  • Infrastructure
  • Products and Services
  • Future Directions
  • Discussion of Opportunities

The JCOMM(In-situ) Observing Programme Support Centre is a component of the international coordination mechanism, which aims on behalf of JCOMM to:

  • assist in the planning, implementation and operations of the observing systems
  • monitor and evaluate the performance of the networks
  • encourage cooperation between communities and member states
  • encourage data sharing
  • assist in data distribution on the Internet and GTS
  • relay user feedback on data quality to platform operators
  • provide technical assistance and user supportworldwide
  • act as a clearing house and focal point on all programme aspects
  • develop synergies between observing systems
  • JCOMMOPS is involved with the implementation of the main global in-situ observing systems, including:
    • DBCP: Drifting and moored buoys in the high seas and tropical moorings
    • SOT: XBTs, TSGs, atmospheric soundings from ships, meteorological observations from ships
    • Argo: Profiling floats
    • OceanSITES: Deep ocean time-series reference stations

JCOMMOPS is now “firmly established as a major support facility for operational ocean observing system.”JCOMM co-presidents, 2009

ctds tide gauges polar platforms marine mammals
CTDs, Tide Gauges, Polar platforms, marine mammals, …

These GOOS/JCOMM components would need a proper focal point within (or cooperating with) JCOMMOPS.so that sustained support can be provided ...

benefits of a shared infrastructure
Benefits of a shared infrastructure
  • Resources available for Coordination or Project office support are limited.
  • Sharing a common infrastructure (technical and logistical) is especially necessary.
  • The transfer of skills and expertise between TCs ensures a good continuity in the services to the community and allows long term support to the programmes.
  • While each Coordinator focuses on their programme, the “integrated centre” concept facilitates cooperation between observing systems components, via the day-to-day cooperation between the Coordinators.

New programmes incorporated into JCOMMOPS today would immediately benefit from the existing infrastructure and experience gained.

infrastructure office staff and information system
Infrastructure: office, staff and Information System
  • JCOMMOPS is hosted by France (CLS/IFREMER), in Toulouse
  • JCOMMOPS comprises two Technical Coordinators:
    • Mathieu BelbeochThe Argo Profiling Float programme (70%)The Ship Observations Team (30%)
    • Hester ViolaThe Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (70%)The OceanSITES Program (30%)
  • Plus an equivalent full time I.T. resource
  • And a ¼ time senior scientist, students on work experience
    • Work priorities are set by panel chairs or steering committee for each programme, in close cooperation with IOC/WMO.
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Infrastructure: Office, Staff and Information System
  • 250 k€ / year of global funding (staff salary / mission / hosting contract)
  • Truly international support (and growing support from Asia)
  • Host contribution (logistic contract, I.T. resource, ~50% covered).
  • Administrative support by IOC and WMO (Employment and travel support )

The JCOMMOPS budget is just sufficient for the existing needs but does not allow any flexibility for growth

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Infrastructure: Office, Staff and Information System
  • The requirements for an integrated I.S. was recognized in 2001 and built gradually by JCOMMOPS staff (99%):
    • International programmes need centralized and efficient information and communication tools.
    • Information on the programs, platforms, people, data, etc, is constantly changing and needs to be well structured.
    • Database, GIS technologies are required to manage information and web based technologies are required to share and communicate this information.
  • The development and maintenance of such system has to be properly supported
  • The new I.T. resource will certainly allow JCOMMOPS to maintain and modernize its system.

A new system is being designed to be used into the next decade, with a new generation of integrated web products and services (2010-2012)

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Infrastructure: Office, Staff and Information System
  • The JCOMMOPS I.S. routinely takes in information from different sources:
    • GTS , Global Data Centres , platform tracking data from telecom. providers, various metadata centres, etc.
    • Platform operators feed the system regularly (e.g. deployment planning) and data users (including operational centres) feedback on data quality to data producers via JCOMMOPS.
    • Coordinators feed the system regularly and control crucial metadata
  • Information is then made available through different products and web tools, permitting:
    • tracking the status, development, and efficiency of the networks
    • Mapping the programme structure to facilitate communication
    • provides a common interface and visibility for the programmes.

JCOMMOPS is not a data centre

… but a support centre managing metadata

web site audience broad regular intended and truly international
Web Site Audience: broad, regular, intended and truly international

25000 visits per year, from 135 countries (e.g. for Argo)

Source: Google Analytics

products services focal points
Products & Services: focal points
  • The JCOMMOPS Coordinators monitor and provide oversight for the global arrays, and understand all the elements of the system: platforms, people, data systems and unique international/national/regional/institutional considerations (including Law of the Sea issues: JCOMMOPS/AIC role acknowledged in IOC Res XX-6 and XLI-4 – float drift in EEZ).
  • JCOMMOPS provides a team of focal points,
    • fully dedicated to the development of a specific programme,
    • with a truly international focus and a neutral representation,
    • To mediate and help communicate
    • in constant liaison with people implementing the arrays.
  • They support the programme on a wide range of issues: Assistance, Monitoring, Cooperation

Integration of the elements of a global system requires focal points, working together

products services assistance
Products & Services: Assistance
  • Assistance to national programs and individual platform operators
    • on any issue required to participate in an international program
    • on data distribution, following appropriate standards
    • on logistics (deployment planning, deployment methods, instrument retrieval)
    • Programme reporting information
  • Assistance through
    • a web portal to find information relating to ocean observing systems, including a centralized source of documentation, contact details, programme information and platforms, etc, and
    • common system for managing communications (e.g. news items, mailing lists, picture galleries, etc)
  • Assistance to individual scientists and data users (growing and rationalized)
  • Assistance to the community or media (photos, maps, articles, presentations, etc)

In addition to its web sites, JCOMMOPS provides a responsive and proactive focal point.

products services monitoring
Products & Services: Monitoring

Monitoring goals:

  • An authoritative source of metadata for platforms and official status of the arrays
  • Common and integrated monitoring tools across the networks
  • Common and specific performance evaluation tools for the networks
  • Integration of quality control feedback mechanisms across programmes and platforms
  • Centralised deployment planning tools and capacity for shared deployment opportunities
  • Detection of problems with data formats, data archives

Monitoring Tools:

  • Real-time web applications to browse the platform database
  • Real-time GIS/Chart based monitoring and tracking tools
  • Daily Metadata export files (Textual, XML, Google Earth outputs).
  • A portal for access to community (national/regional) web based monitoring tools
  • Various monthly and yearly products and reports
products services cooperation
Products & Services: Cooperation
  • Encouraging cooperation between research and operational communities within the domains of oceanography and marine meteorology.
  • Encouraging, providing recognition and visibility to every single contribution to the programmes
  • Encouraging standardization (or harmonization) of Data Formats and Table driven code forms, in close cooperation with JCOMM DMPA.
  • Encouraging and coordinating international cooperation through bilateral/multilateral and cross-programme initiatives
    • e.g. training sessions on floats/buoys/XBTs related practices, proactive development of international cooperation through Platform Donor Programs, Sharing ship time
    • (to work with regional GOOS / RMIC / IODE)
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Products & Services: Cooperation

Platform Donor Programme:

  • Opportunity for a country to start participating in global programme
  • Permit to identify new deployment opportunities and fill regional gaps
  • Permit to increase the international support to the programme
  • Permit to smooth political issues (EEZ access)
  • Permit to increase the data user community
  • Not a high priority for JCOMMOPS (and no appropriate resource)
  • Latest example (Gabon/USA, or Morocco/France, floats to be deployed late 2010)
  • Do not hesitate to contact JCOMMOPS to set up such initiatives.
products services examples
Products & Services: Examples

Real-time ...Very early on, JCOMMOPS provided online, interactive GIS–based, real-time tracking tools for ocean platforms and is now working on a partnership with Google to include JCOMM/GOOS observing system status and products within Google OceanInteroperability targeted: Web Map Services, XML metadata exports, etc.

Monthly ...

JCOMMOPS Status maps are widely recognised as authoritative and giving an up-to-date, verified status of the arrays, encouraging community to share the data and showing how the programmes assess and meet their requirements

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Products & Services: Examples

Products (on-line or on-demand) measuring the growth and efficiency of the arrays.

If there is a need for new information products on platforms, statistics about national/regional contributions, or a map, etc ... just ask JCOMMOPS, support@jcommops.org

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Products & Services: Examples
  • Cruise Scoring System (Argo)
    • Encourages array coverage optimization
    • Helps manufacturers to prioritize platform delivery to customers
products services examples4
Products & Services: Examples

QC feedback

Operational for DBCP/VOSUnder development for Argo

Array:Monthly Monitoring Statsallow to look at the trends and detect issues or show progress on a global dataset

Platform:on a specific platform. JCOMMOPS relays quality information from users to producers

Products developed for one programme initially will be adopted for all JCOMMOPS programmes.

future directions
Future Directions
  • Strengthening the existing infrastructure
  • Designing a new generation of integrated products/services
  • Expanding JCOMMOPS to support new observing systems.
future directions strengthening the existing infrastructure
Future directions: Strengthening the existing infrastructure
  • JCOMMOPS is under-resourced and not tasked with seeking its own resources
  • There are limits on the amount of extra financial input from CLS/IFREMER
  • Should JCOMM seek support from other international organizations, Europe, private sector ? ?

“A major support facility for operational ocean observing system” costs money !!!

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Future directions: Strengthening the existing infrastructure

Ships are the common denominator of all ocean observing systems.

JCOMMOPS needs a dedicated cruise information coordinator for a cross-programme benefit.

  • Facilitate maintenance and operations of global arrays through logistics coordination when required.
  • Further develop cooperation between programs (e.g. shared cruises, ship time).
  • Further develop platform donor programs and identify new regional deployment opportunities.
  • Identify future research cruises, and CTD data essential to Argo data quality control, in cooperation with the GO-SHIP, CCHDO and POGO initiatives.
  • JCOMMOPS already handles similar data (e.g. Argo/DBCP planning, SOT)
  • GO-SHIP is planning to be a sustained programme and identified the need for more coordination. (see #2 meeting aside of OceanObs’09 )
  • Identification of future research cruises , developing new products, synthesizing information, similar to typical functions for a coordinator within JCOMMOPS

We could combine those two needs in a single full time position: 50% JCOMMOPS Cruise / 50% GO-SHIP coordination ( in line with plans of the JCOMM OPA & partners)

future directions integrated products services
Future directions: Integrated products / services
  • Design a new generation of integrated web tools:
    • Integration of the technical elements of the information System
    • Design a new structure for the JCOMMOPS website (and flexible enough to handle new programmes)
    • Analyze in depth the results of the websites audience tracking
    • Get more feedback from the community on the tools they need
    • Using more interactivity in navigation (via latest web technologies)
    • Develop a profile based service: “My JCOMMOPS”

priorities are - deployment planning, monitoring, QC feedback tools (from operational centres), Ship callsign Masking (MASK scheme)

  • Developing further cooperation by cross-programme training workshops and platform donation
  • Make cross-programme “variable oriented” monitoring products (in cooperation with JCOMM OCG).
future directions expanding jcommops
Future directions: Expanding JCOMMOPS
  • How encourage the emerging programmes to participate in the centre activities and contribute to JCOMM?
    • Assistance provided to various programmes hasn’t really lead to any substantial progress (marine mammals, etc)
  • New Opportunity:
    • during OceanObs’09: JCOMMOPS was approached by the Glider community (EGO) initiative and invited to Cyprus meeting this month.
    • JCOMMOPS will be represented to promote JCOMM international coordination mechanisms and feedback on the successful development of Argo/DBCP, to encourage the glider community to fund a dedicated coordinator cooperating within JCOMMOPS.
  • Satellites (cooperation with GHRSST), Coastal and multi-disciplinary observations ?

JCOMMOPS has an infrastructure in place, providing services to the JCOMM community

Feedback from JCOMM and its programmes indicates that JCOMMOPS is a major element in the successful implemention of the observing systems

JCOMMOPS is visible (evidenced by the 15 proposals for the OPSC)

JCOMMOPS has achieved a lot with meagre means

JCOMMOPS is ready to fulfill new expectations

and pursue new challenges


Activities, Products and Services: feedback orsuggestions?

Resources: What solutions are recommended by JCOMM?

Future Directions: other suggestions?

General Feedback or questions: general discussion


Thank you …