SCOR Working Group 162

Developing an Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS)

Meghan Cronin (USA), Sebastiaan Swart (Sweden)
Other Full Members
Nadia Pinardi (Italy), R. Venkatesan (India), Phil Browne (UK), Warren Joubert (South Africa), Ute Schuster (UK), Christa Marandino (Germany), Shuangling Chen (China), Clarissa Anderson (USA)
Associate Members
Jim Edson (USA), Zhaohui Chen (China), Juliet Hermes (South Africa), Fabrice Ardhuin (France), Oscar Alves (Australia), Hiroyuki Tomita (Japan)
Paul Myers
Terms of Reference
  1. Harmonize the recommendations from the OceanObs’19 CWPs into a unified Observing Air-Sea Interaction Strategy (OASIS) by identifying and ranking overlaps and resolving apparent contradictions, focusing on global air-sea exchanges of heat, moisture, momentum, important greenhouse gasses, biogenic trace gasses, and the multidisciplinary boundary layer variables associated with these air-sea exchanges.

  2. Produce a capacity building strategy that enables developing nations (including least developed nations and island nations) to actively participate in and benefit from local-to-global air-sea interaction observations. This will involve a training strategy, as well as identification of opportunities for leveraging contributions by new partners.

  3. Develop and assess network designs that optimize air-sea interaction observations,  following the Framework for Ocean Observations, in coordination with OceanPredict, and other working groups focused on optimizing network design.

  4. Develop a strategy for air-sea interaction process studies to address knowledge gaps;  to improve model and satellite representation of Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs), Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), and Essential Biological Variables (EBVs) associated with air-sea interaction processes; and to develop parameterizations to relate variables that are difficult to measure with variables that can be broadly observed.

  5. Develop a strategy for assessing interoperability of surface observing platforms. This will include intercomparisons of EOV, ECV, and EBVs observed from different platforms; development of best practices; and development of procedures to increase Technical Readiness Levels and expand technology solutions.

  6. Build community and capacity for using, operating, and developing air-sea interaction observational platforms that allow collaborative partnerships with existing national and international air-sea interaction working groups and observational coordination groups.

October 2020
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