Setting the Course for UK Operational Oceanography
On behalf of the Government's Marine Science Coordination Committee (MSCC), NOC is hosting a conference this week with the title 'Setting the Course for UK Operational Oceanography'. Nearly 100 people have registered and, unfortunately, late registrations cannot be accepted.
We have managed to attract three important keynote speakers: Ian Boyd, the Chief Scientific Adviser to Defra, Wendy Watson Wright, the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and Zdenka Willis, the Director of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System. NOC staff are giving several talks as well as being co-authors on others.
Recommendations from the meeting will go to MSCC and the conference will help to form the basis of the UK's input to a survey on operational oceanography about to be conducted by IOC.
About Operational Oceanography
Operational oceanography provides essential marine measurements, analyses, predictions and assessments for improving safety at sea, the efficiency and effectiveness of industrial and other activities and protection of the marine environment. It spans a broad range of activities and interests from underpinning science through to end-user exploitation. The main focus of this conference is from scientific measurements and data products to intermediate service providers informed by perspectives of individual end-users.