Tropical Atlantic Observing System Review Workshop

Thursday, February 8, 2018 to Friday, February 9, 2018
Event City: 
Event Attendance: 
By invitation
Event Contact: 
Jing Li
Event Description: 

Tropical Atlantic Observing System (TAOS) Review Workshop

Workshop Report

  1. Time: 8-9 Febrary 2018
  2. Venue: Pearl Room (First Floor), at Courtyard by Marriott Portland Convention Center Downtown (Add: 435 NE Wasco St Portland Oregon 97232 USA; Tel: +1 503-234-3200), Portland, Oregon, USA
  3. Agenda:   Download the full version
  4. List of participants
  5. Information booklet
Time Title Speaker
Day 1    
08:30-09:00 Registration  

Welcome and Introductions
1. Sabrina Speich
2. Bill Johns

Clivar ARP (Sabrina Speich), TAOS Review Committee (Bill Johns)
  Session I:  Requirements for the Tropical Atlantic Observing System    Chair: S. Speich      
09:30-10.00 1.1 Societal impact and importance of observing the Tropical Atlantic Moacyr Araujo
10:00-10:30 1.2 Tropical Atlantic variability and change Paulo Nobre
10:30-11:00 1.3 Role of the Tropical Atlantic in the climate system Belen Rodriguez-Fonseca
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break  
11:30-12:00 1.4 Impact of Tropical Atlantic biases in climate predictions/projections

Noel Keenlyside

12:00-12:30 1.5 Tropical-Extratropical Link Jeff Knight

12:30 - 14:00



Session I (continued) 
Chair: M. Balmaseda 

14:00-14:20 1.6 Capabilities for seamless forecasting from days to season: the role of ocean observations Magdalena A. Balmaseda
14:20-14:40 1.7 Extreme Events Scott Stripling/Ping Chang

1.8 Evaluation fo the Tropical Atlantic oberving system from ocean data assimilation perspective: Marine applications

Marie Drevillon

1.9 Biogeochemical applications in the Tropical Atlantic: Requirements, synergies, and gaps

(Ref: AtlantOS Capacities and Gap analysis)

Toste Tanhua
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break  
16:00-16:30 1.10 Biology and Fisheris applications: Requirements, synergies, and gaps Joern Schmidt
16:30-17:00 1.11 Presentations from related observation programmes (IMBER, SOLAS, POGO) Carol Robinson
Requirements for existing and emerging drivers; 
essential ocean variables (EOVs) and system design. 
What is the key information that is being
(a) sucessfully provided and 
(b) missing from the TA observing system for these science/societal drivers? 
(Recommendations from today's session with a special focus on issues to address in the review)
18.00-19.00 Review Committee meeting (closed session)  
19:30-20:30 Reception  
Day 2
Session 2: Tropical Atlantic Observing System Networks: Current Status and plans to 2030 
Chair: B. Johns    
8:30- 9:00 2.1 Mooring Networks: PIRATA Moacyr Araujo
9:00-9:20 2.2 Satellite Observations (a. EUMETSAT; b. Satellite Observation) Abderrahim Bentamy
9:20-9:40 2.3 Lagrangian observations of the Tropical Atlantic Rick Lumpkin
9:40-10:00 2.4 Autonomous Platforms and Sensors Steve Jayne
10:00-10:20 2.5 Vessel-based Observations Renellys Perez
10:20-10:40 2.6 Surface flux measurements from buoys, ships, and gridded products; Atmospheric and marine boundary layer observations Chris Fairall/Paquita Zuidema
10:40-11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00-12:00 Discussion: Successes and gaps of the observing system newtork for science/societal applications; How to fill those gaps/optimize the TAOS? 
Recommendations for future evolution of the TAOS. 
12:00-13:30 Lunch  

Session 3. Data Flow and Information Products          Chair:  N. Smith  

13:30-14:00 3.1 Current data availability and access (how delivered; present status and future evolution) Neville Smith
14:00-14:30 3.2 Available Analysis Products (how accessed and how used by science/operatonal cummunity and stakeholders?) Marie Drevillon
14:30-15:00 Discussion: Gaps in data availability/access and information products? 
Recommendations for possible improvements in data/information products and delivery. 
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break  
  Session 4. Governance, Review, and Resourcing                                    
Chair:  K. Hill    
15:30-15:45 4.1 Perspectives from the Blueprint for Atlantic Observing Brad de Young

(5-10 min each)


Presentations by agencies with interests in engaging:  
4.2 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) David Legler

4.3 NASA
(Ref: a. Comprehensive information on ALL satellite missions, instruments, and measurements is available from the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) in its Missions, Instruments, and Measurements (MIM) database:; b. Simultaneous wind/current sensor, search the web for "DopplerScat":

E. Lindstrom
4.4 MétéoFrance & Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) P. Dandin
4.5 Brazil Moacyr Araujo
4.6 Cape Verde Vito Melo(remote), Brian Mudumbi
16:30-17:00 Discussion: Proposed governance and review mechanisms. 
Does the proposed TPOS-2020  structure (a TAOS Resources Forum, under guidance of a TAOS Streering Commitee, work for the Ttropical Atlantic? 
Alternate governance/review mechanisms? ) 
17:00-17:40 Summary: Points of consensus, divergence, issues to resolve.  
17:40-18:00 Next Steps: Workshop report; OceanObs '19 White paper, Next TAOS Review meeting (Marseille, October 2018); Closing remarks  
18:00 Meeting Adjourns  
18:00-19:00 Review Committee meeting/dinner (closed session)