Ocean Synthesis and Air-Sea flux evaluation Workshop

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Event City: 
Woods Hole
Event Attendance: 
Event Description: 

Woods Hole, USA


Tuesday, 27 November, 2012 - Friday, 30 November, 2012


Sponsored by


Motivation and Objectives

  • WCRP encourages cross-cutting theme activities.
  • Surface fluxes were identified as an important cross-cutting theme.
  • WCRP Observation and Assimilation Panel (WOAP) recommended the evaluation of model-based surface fluxes in the context of observation-based estimates.
  • There is an increasing need to bring together the observational, assimilation/synthesis, and modeling communities, ocean and atmosphere communities to tackle surface fluxes issues.

Given the above motivation, the CLIVAR GSOP is working closely with the surface fluxes community and the synthesis communities to organize a workshop to address on surface fluxes and synthesis (focusing on ocean synthesis). This workshop aims to bring together scientists from the ocean synthesis and air-sea fluxes communities to (1) review the current state of surface fluxes (heat, freshwater, & momentum) obtained from ocean syntheses, atmospheric reanalyses, other observation based products, and coupled models (2) discuss the gaps and current limitations in these products with particular reference to balancing ocean heat and freshwater budgets, and (3) develop recommendations and requirements for future global/regional synthesis activities. These areas of activity are relevant to the interests of the WOAP, WGSF and new WCRP Data Council.


Anticipated workshop outcome

The workshop will produce a report that a) summarises the current state of surface flux estimation from ocean synthesis and atmospheric reanalysis, and other observation based products, b) identifies community challenges and needs for improving estimates of ocean heat and freshwater storage and transport from ocean syntheses and flux products, and c) recommends a path towards obtaining globally consistent surface flux products through close collaboration and coordination between air-sea flux and ocean synthesis researchers. The report will reference the framework of Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) as set out in the Integrated Framework for Sustained Ocean Observations (IFSOO) document following OceanObs09.


Workshop themes

  • The state of surface flux estimation
  • Heat and freshwater budgets over global/regional oceans
  • Ocean synthesis evaluation and comparisons
  • The way forward


Organizing committee


Lisan Yu (USA, co-chair), Keith Haines (UK, co-chair), Tony Lee (USA), Magdalena Balmaseda (UK), Bernard Barnier (France), Mark Bourassa (USA), Sergei Gulev (Russia), Simon Josey (UK)



Final agenda



Inn on the Square
40 North Main St.
Falmouth, MA 02540

The group rate is $89 + tax per night. To make reservations, please call 1-800-676-0000 and ask for the "GSOP block" in order to secure the group rate. The block will be held until Friday, October 26th. After that time, reservations will be taken on a rate and space available basis.




Flights into Providence (PVD) and Boston, Logan (BOS) are equally convenient. 


Transportation from the airport

The Peter Pan Bus Line offers round-trip transportation between Boson’s Logan Airport and Falmouth/Woods Hole as well as between Providence’s T.F. Green Airport and Falmouth/Woods Hole.  This is also called the Bonanza Bus Line.

Plan on a two-hour bus ride from either airport.

For detailed information on schedules and to purchase your bus ticket online, click here:  www.peterpanbus.com.  Go to the view schedules section and put in your arrival airport and Falmouth.  

It is very important to sync up your flights with the bus schedule.  Or, if you are driving a rental car, to give yourself adequate time to drive, gas and return the car.

PLEASE NOTE: A ticket does NOT represent a seat reservation on a given bus. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.