A Sustainable, Fit-For-Purpose Ocean Observing System: Responding to User Needs

Summary and Expectations

To realize a global or a regional fit-for-purpose ocean observing system by 2030 would benefit from consensus as to what fit-for-purpose means. Who are the main stakeholders and how to obtain feedback on the system performance. We will focus on what different users expect, how they can be integrated into putting the system together, how they are involved in design and operation of the system, and how we enhance sustainability of ocean observation systems by 2030. The All-Atlantic Ocean and its connection to the adjacent seas and polar oceans will be taken as an example.

Expected Outcomes/Recommendations

  • Feedback processes with identified users and resource stakeholders are needed from the beginning, and should be reviewed on an ongoing basis to identify what is fit-for-purpose for users and societal benefit (and to adjust as needed).
  • Case studies can highlight the value of ocean observing information products so that nations will want to commit to sustained ocean observing activities.
  • Take into account existing pieces, commitments and regulations for developing a fit-for-purpose ocean observing system.