The Ship Of Opportunity Programme (SOOP) Implementation Panel (SOOPIP)

Terms of References

1. Review, recommend on and, as necessary, coordinate the implementation of specialized shipboard instrumentation and observing practices;

2. Coordinate the exchange of technical information on equipment and expendables, development, functionality, reliability and accuracy;

3. Ensure the distribution of available programme resources to ships to meet the agreed sampling strategy in the most efficient way;

4. Ensure the transmission of low resolution data in real time from participating ships; ensure that delayed more high resolution data are checked and distributed in a timely manner to data processing centres;

5. Maintain, through the SOOP Coordinator, appropriate inventories, monitoring reports and analyses, and information exchange facilities;

6. Provide general guidance to the coordinator in his support for the SOOP.

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