Since the IOOS Modeling and Analysis Workshop (2008), there has been progress in addressing the challenges and recommendations in the workshop report. Given this progress, and the significant challenges in advancing a modeling component of IOOS, an updated strategy is necessary. Such a modeling strategy is also called for within the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan Appendix (page 11, 3rd bullet).
This strategy should provide specific technical input for the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC), the U.S. IOOS Program Office, and the IOOS Association for advancing IOOS modeling capabilities over the next 5-8 years. It should identify appropriate modeling activities that are needed within the IOOS modeling subsystem (particularly amongst the IOOS Regional Associations) and identify opportunities and actions to address user needs. There should be a focus on models and assimilative frameworks that exploit observations to inform users of past, present, and future/forecasted conditions. The strategy should also address improving engagement and coordination across the federal and non-federal modeling subsystem to encourage cost-efficient activities addressing common needs.
The modeling strategy will:
- Identify Regional IOOS modeling activities which:
a.) meet physical, hydrodynamic and/or ecological forecasting requirements;
b.) reflect IOOC, IOOS Program Office and IOOS Association goals (especially those of particular interest to the RAs); and
c.) establish the needed 2-way connections to end users and stakeholders.
- Chose a select number of specific common [across RAs, federal and non-federal groups] model development challenges that are critical for advancing IOOS modeling capabilities, and recommend approaches and activities that are most needed to address these challenges and promote synergy and efficiencies amongst IOOS modeling communities [approaches here refers to a wide range of possibilities, including process understanding, model gridding/integration across RA’s, etc ].
- Identify and prioritize short and long term activities (potentially pilot projects) to improve the ability of IOOS to provide coastal ocean model-based products and informationin response to user needs.
- Recommend means of making appropriate regional-scale models supported by IOOS® regions accessible by Federal efforts. Include in the recommendations other pathways for models or products to be systematically or routinely accessible to local and regional decision makers.
- Identify opportunities to coordinate Regional modeling activities with (and not duplicate efforts by) GODAE Oceanview and global ocean modeling development within the climate (e.g. WCRP/CLIVAR) community, and other related national and international efforts; and
- Identify specific executable projects that can be accomplished in the near-term (1-3 years), considering realistic funding scenarios.