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The challenge for SOT is to maintain, coordinate, and integrate its programmes to support the range of presently defined operational and research applications, by meeting common scientific goals to an agreed level of performance.

The Ship Observations Team shall:

  1. Review and analyze requirements for ship-based observational data expressed by relevant existing international programmes and/or systems and in support of marine services, and coordinate actions to implement and maintain the networks to satisfy these requirements;
  2. Provide continuing assessment of the extent to which those requirements are being met;
  3. Develop methodology for constantly controlling and improving the quality of data;
  4. Review marine telecommunication facilities and procedures for observational data collection, as well as technology and techniques for data processing and transmission, and propose actions as necessary for improvements and enhanced application;
  5. Coordinate PMO/ship greeting operations globally, propose actions to enhance PMO standards and operations, and contribute as required to PMO and observers training;
  6. Review, maintain and update as necessary technical guidance material relating to ship observations and PMOs;
  7. Liaise and coordinate as necessary with other JCOMM Programme Areas and expert teams, as well as with other interested parties;
  8. Participate in planning activities of appropriate observing system experiments and major international research programmes as the specialist group on observations based onboard ships, including voluntary observing ships, ships-of-opportunity and research ships;
  9. Seek for opportunities for deploying various kinds of measuring devices and widely publicize those opportunities;
  10. Develop as necessary new pilot projects and/or operational activities and establish new specialized panels as required;
  11. Carry out other activities as agreed by participating members to implement and operate the SOT programme and to promote and expand it internationally;

Contacts

Graeme Ball
Chair, JCOMM Ship Observations Team

Manager, Marine Operations Group
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289K
MELBOURNE, Vic. 3001
Australia
Tel: +61 3 9669 4203
Fax: +61 3 9669 4168
Email: g.ball@bom.gov.au
Gustavo Goni
SOOPIP Chair

NOAA - AOML
PHOD, AOML GOOS Center
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami
FL33139, USA
Tel: +1 858 546 7103
Fax: +1 858 546 7185
Email:gustavo.goni@noaa.gov
Sarah North
VOS Chair

Met Office
FitzRoy Road
Exeter
Devon EX1 3PB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1392 88 5617
Fax: +44 870 900 5050
Email:sarah.north@metoffice.gov.uk
Rudolf Krockauer
ASAP Chair

Chairperson, SOT Task Team on ASAP
E-ASAP Programme Manager
c/o Deutscher Wetterdienst
Bernhard-Nocht-Strasse 76
D-20359 HAMBURG
GERMANY
Tel:+49 49 69 8062 6317
Fax: +49 69 8062 6319
Email:Rudolf.Krockauer@dwd.de
Martin Kramp
SOT Technical Coordinator

JCOMMOPS (IOC-UNESCO / WMO)
Technopole / Campus Ifremer
1625 Route de Sainte Anne
Z.I. Pointe du Diable
Blaise Pascal Hall (209.S1.21)
29280 PLOUZANE (FRANCE)
Tel: +33 2 29 00 85 87
Email: mkramp@jcommops.org
Etienne Charpentier
JCOMM Secretariat

Scientific Officer,Ocean Affairs Division
Applications Programme Department
World Meteorological Organization
7 bis, Avenue de la Paix
Case Postale No. 2300
CH-1211 Geneve 2
Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 730 82 23
Fax: +41 22 730 80 21
Email: echarpentierwmo.int