In September 1999, a "Workshop on Advances in Marine Climatology" (CLIMAR99) took place in Vancouver, with the major objective to receive input for a new "dynamic" part of the World Meteorological Organization's Guide to the Applications of Marine Climatology(WMO-No.781), emphasizing new technologies. This Guide provides comprehensive documentation of knowledge and techniques in the processing of marine climatological data, and details the diverse data applications in the service of the marine user community. An additional workshop goal was to foster development of the Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (COADS).
Based on the success of CLIMAR99, the Joint WMO/IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM), at its first session (JCOMM-I), agreed on the desirability of convening a second workshop. The Commission also suggested merger of CLIMAR-II with a 150th anniversary celebration of the Maritime Conference held at Brussels in 1853.
CLIMAR-II will also follow-up on the "Workshop on Advances in the Use of Historical Marine Climate Data" (Boulder, USA, January-February 2002). Major goals of that workshop were to create a timetable for enhancing in situ marine data; to develop a strategy for creating alternative SST, sea-ice and marine air temperature analyses, including appropriate satellite data; to test models against the legitimate uncertainties in "reasonable" alternative SST and sea-ice analysis methods; and to consider strategies for the joint analysis of surface pressure and wind data, taking account of time-varying biases in the wind data. In recognition of its multinational basis, that workshop also agreed to rename the marine archive as the International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS).
Participation is invited and anticipated from a wide range of professionals involved in the fields of applications of marine climatology, climatological data archival and retrieval, climate research including modeling, and users of marine climate data and products. The 150th Anniversary Celebration will also include participation from those interested in the historical development of marine meteorology and oceanography from before 1853 till now.
Organization and Sponsors
The workshop is being organized jointly by JCOMM and the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, and sponsored by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office, Environment Canada, the Japan Meteorological Agency, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.