PIRATA 23 and 2nd TAOS Review Workshop

Monday, October 22, 2018 to Friday, October 26, 2018
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Deadline for abstract submission is: 8 September, 2018
Deadline for registration is: 6 October, 2018

The 23rd PIRATA meeting and the 2nd TAOS REVIEW meeting will be organized in Marseille, France from October 22 to 26, 2018. The Tropical Atlantic climate has important socio-economic consequences, but our understanding about its variability, its predictability and its impacts is still limited. The “Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic” (PIRATA) program provides in situ observations and data time-series since 1997. One year after the special 2017 meeting that celebrated its 20th anniversary in Fortaleza, and co-organized with the European PREFACE program, PIRATA organizes its 2018 annual meeting in Marseille, under the invitation of the IRD Chief Executive Officer Pr Jean-Paul Moatti. 

PIRATA is a major component of the Tropical Atlantic Observing System (TAOS) that is presently under a review process by the CLIVAR Atlantic Region Panel (ARP). The TAOS review committee will recommend actions to advance sustained observing efforts in the tropical Atlantic that will feed into the European AtlantOS program design strategy (Blueprint initiative) that is currently being formulated in advance of the OceanObs’19 conference. The 2nd TAOS Review Meeting is scheduled to happen back-to-back to PIRATA-23 meeting.

These meetings have to be an important opportunity to gather information on the Tropical Atlantic Observing System and PIRATA data use impacts from stakeholders, specialists in satellite measurements and products, ocean-weather-climate operational prediction, ocean biogeochemistry and resources along with socio-economic impacts of climate and environmental changes. Such information are of prime importance for evaluating and valorizing observing systems and to better define their potential optimization and enhancements in the close future, but also for major services and developing agencies.



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Program and schedule:

  • 2,5-3 days of open scientific conference (Mon-Wed, 22nd-24th)
  • 2-2,5 days for PIRATA and TAOS internal meetings and workshops (Wed 24th-Fri, 26th).

Agenda and Presenation are available at: http://www.clivar.org/2nd-tropical-atlantic-observing-system-taos-review-workshop


Please fulfill the REGISTRATION FORM online.

The meeting will be held in Marseille.
The conference should take place in the auditorium of the “Archives et Bibliothèque départementales Gaston Defferre" (18-20 rue Mirès, 13003 Marseille), that is located close to the IRD headquarter.
A room has also be booked at the IRD headquarter for // discussions (PIRATA committees) the two last days.
More info soon.

Scientific committee:
Bernard Bourlès (IRD - France); Hervé Giordani (Météo-France - France); Fabrice Hernandez (IRD - France); Nathalie Lefèvre (IRD - France); Moacyr Araujo (UFPE -Brazil); Paulo Nobre (INPE - Brazil); Letica Cotrim (UERJ - Brazil); Mike McPhaden and Adrienne Sutton (NOAA/PMEL - USA); Gregory Foltz and Renellys Perez (NOAA/AOML- USA); Ramalingam Saravanan (TAMU - USA) ; Peter Brandt and Marcus Dengler (GEOMAR, Germany), Bill Johns (RSMAS/MPO – USA).

Meeting organization committee:
Philippe Chanard, Bernard Bourlès, Dominique Lopes, Jacques Grelet, Violaine Arnaud, Marie-Lise Sabrié (IRD)