Steering Committee

Project Function

The SC will provide scientific and technical oversight for the planning, system design, and implementation of the TPOS. This group will assess the evolving set of requirements through dialogue with relevant users and stakeholders, and coordinate a set of (pilot) projects designed to test and evaluate options. The SC will assess potential technology options for delivering a more effective and efficient TPOS including relevant scientific/expert panels and bodies. Together with the Resources Forum, the SC will manage communication and reporting.

Steering Committee Meetings

Steering Committee Publications

Steering Committee Details

Steering Committee Members and Affiliations:

* indicates Steering Committee Co-Chair

^indicates former Steering Committee Member

Kentaro Ando^Research ScientistJapan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and TechnologyJapan
Dake ChenProfessorSecond Institute of Oceanography, SOAChina
Sophie CravatteResearcherInstitut de Recherche pour le DéveloppementFrance
Tom FarrarAssociate Scientist/Physical OceanographerWoods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionUnited States
Harry HendonSenior Principal Research ScientistBureau of Meteorology, MelbourneAustralia
Dongchull JeonP.I. of POSEIDON Project/KORDIKorea Institute of Ocean Science and TechnologyKorea
William Kessler*OceanographerNOAA, Pacific Marine Environmental LaboratoryUnited States
Arun KumarChief, Development DivisionNOAA, Center for Weather and Climate PredictionUnited States
William LargeSenior ScientistUniversity Cooperation for Atmospheric ResearchUnited States
Yukio Masumoto^Co-Chair, Indian Ocean Panel of CLIVAR/GOSObservational Research System for Global ChangeJapan
Dean RoemmichScripps Institution of OceanographyUSA
Neville Smith*RetiredAustralia
Peter StruttonAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic StudiesAustralia
Ken TakahashiResearch ScientistInstituto Geofísico del PerúPeru
Yuhei TakayaSenior ResearcherJapan Meteorological AgencyJapan
Weidong YuDirectorFirst Institute of Oceanography, SOAChina


Terms of Reference

Starting with the background and context provided above, guidance from the TPOS whitepapers and other available reports, and taking into account both existing and near horizon capabilities:

      1. Formulate a practical observing strategy and technical sampling requirement to ensure comprehensive air-sea fluxes can be estimated at hourly or better resolution across a set of key ocean and climate regimes in the tropical Pacific, covering the full suite of state variables to estimate heat, moisture, and momentum exchanges, including through use of bulk formula.
        • The Context provides a number of suggestions on possible regimes that the TT may use as a basis for identifying around five regimes with distinct characteristics.
      2. Develop recommendations about measurements that should resolve the diurnal cycle in the oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers.
      3. Consider whether a subset of regimes where direct eddy-correlation approaches might be used is feasible and of value.
      4. Liaise with the existing and developing ocean satellite and modelling community on efficiently meeting their present and future requirements for ocean surface data.
      5. Engage biogeochemical and ecosystem experts to ensure the needs of key gas exchange calculations are met.
      6. Liaise with the other TPOS 2020 Task Teams to maximize logistical and scientific synergies.

Carry out a risk analysis of the proposed approach (e.g., dependency on a single satellite mission or communications systems or ship time) and suggest possible mitigation strategies (e.g., some redundancy).

The Task Team will report to the TPOS 2020 SC and complete the initial phase (refinement of goals, initial plan, key questions) of its work by October 2015.