Ocean Model Development Panel (OMDP)

About Us

Participants of the CLIVAR Ocean Model Development Panel at their 3rd session - September 17-18, 2016, Qingdao, China.


Event City Country Dates
Ocean Mesoscale Eddy Interactions with the Atmosphere Workshop Portland USA
2018-02-17 to 2018-02-18
5th International Conference on Reanalysis Rome Italy
2017-11-13 to 2017-11-17
Pan-WCRP modelling meeting Exeter UK
2017-10-09 to 2017-10-13
4th Session of the CLIVAR Ocean Model Development Panel Exeter UK
2017-10-09 to 2017-10-12
2017 CFMIP Meeting on Clouds, Precipitation, Circulation, and Climate Sensitivity Tokyo Japan
2017-09-25 to 2017-09-28

OMDP Panel Members

Name Role Institute Country
G. Danabasoglu (1, 5) Co-Chair 2018 National Center for Atmospheric Research USA
S. Marsland (2) Co-Chair 2017 CSIRO Australia
E. Curchitser Member 2017 Rutgers University USA
Y. Komuro Member 2018 JAMSTEC Japan
S. Masina Member 2018 CMCC Italy
J. Le Sommer Member 2017 LGGE, CNRS France
T. Ringler Member 2017 Los Alamos National Laboratory USA
F. Qiao Member 2017 FIO/SOA China
M. Bentsen Member 2017 Uni Climate, Uni Research Ltd Norway
H. Hewitt Member 2017 Met Office Hadley Centre UK
Robert Hallberg Member 2018 GFDL USA
Petteri Uotila Member 2018 FMI Finland
Baylor Fox Kemper Member 2018 Brown Uni. USA
Ivonne Montes Member 2019 Instituto Geofísico del Perú Peru
G. Nurser Ex officio National Oceanography Center UK
C. Böning Ex officio GEOMAR Germany
A. M. Treguier Ex officio IFREMER France
E. Chassignet (7,8) Ex officio Florida State University USA
S. Griffies (6) Ex officio NOAA/GFDL USA
H. Tsujino (9) Ex officio JMA/MRI Japan

Information on other activities where OMDP members are serving:

1 - Chair of the US CLIVAR AMOC Science Team
2 - Member of WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling and OMDP representative on WGNE/WGCM Climate Model Metrics Panel (WCMMP)
3 - Co-Principal Investigator of the Arctic Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (AOMIP)
5 - US CLIVAR Climate Process Team (CPTs)
6 - CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG)
7 - Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE)
8 - Member of CLIVAR Atlantic Region Panel
9 - Lead developer of JRA55-based surface atmospheric data set for driving ocean-sea ice models

The ICPO contact for the CLIVAR Ocean Model Development Panel is Lei Han.



Within the ocean modeling community, there are examples of a number of successful named intercomparison activities such as OCMIP, DYNAMO, DAMEE, and DOME that are organized around particular research questions with protocols designed specifically to address those questions.


Terms of Reference

1. To stimulate the development of ocean models for research in climate and related fields.

2. To encourage investigations of the effects of model formulation on the results of ocean models, making use of sensitivity studies and intercomparisons.

3. To promote interaction amongst the ocean modelling community and between this and other communities through workshops and other activities.

4. To stimulate the validation of ocean models when used in stand alone mode and as part of a coupled ocean-atmosphere model, using oceanographic data and other methods, and to advise on the observational requirements of such studies.

5. To publicise developments in ocean models amongst the climate modelling community.

6. To collaborate with other activities in areas of overlapping responsibility.

7. To advise on ocean modelling and related issues and to report on its activities to the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group and the CLIVAR co-chair of WGCM.

WCRP-WWRP-THORPEX Model Evaluation and Development Survey - Overview

Errors in climate (ocean-atmosphere-land-ice) and NWP general circulation models substantially limit the skill of climate and weather predictions on a wide range of space and time scales. Identifying these errors and understanding their root cause constitutes a prerequisite for the planning of model