13th Session of CLIVAR/IOC GOOS Indian Ocean Region Panel


From January 30th to February 1st, the CLIVAR/IOC GOOS Indian Ocean Region Panel (IORP) met for its 13th session in Perth, Australia. The main agenda item of the meeting was the (Indian Ocean Observaing System (IndOOS) Review Workshop, jointly organized with SIBER, IRF and IOGOOS. The IndOOS Review is being co-ordinated by IORP on behalf of the international community. During the workshop, there were 24 presentations to discuss about the background on the past and present of IndOOS, new scientific drivers in the Indian Ocean, as well as new technologies that could be incorporated to improve IndOOS in the future.

By the end of the workshop, the overall objective of IndOOS, terms of reference of IndOOS Review, and most importantly, the outlines of scientific drivers and observation requirements for IndOOS have been identified. The draft IndOOS Review white paper is expected to be delivered by September 2017, and the second IndOOS Review Workshop is planned to be organized in February 2018, together with next IORP meeting. The detailed timelines will be worked out by IORP co-chairs shortly. The IORP co-chairs will also be responsible to contact the individual scientists to compose the white paper written team.

The IORP-13 has been organized back to back with the annual meeting of IOGOOS-13, SIBER-7, IRF-7, the first Scientific Steering meeting of IIOE-2 and Bio-Argo Workshop. More details can be found at http://www.clivar.org/events/iogoosiopsiberirf-annual-meetings-and-1st-iioe-2-steering-committee-meeting-and-bio-argo