GCOS GOOS WCRP/OOPC IX/3 
1. 
OPENING AND WELCOME 
The  Chair  of  the  OOPC,  Ed  Harrison,  opened  the  meeting  and  introduced  Howard 
Roe, director of the Southampton Oceanography Centre (SOC). Roe welcomed the panel, and 
expressed his pleasure that this international group, whose mandate is so relevant to the work 
done at the SOC, was meeting at the SOC. Peter Taylor, the local host, welcomed the panel as 
well. 
The  Chair  thanked  the  hosts  for  their  hospitality,  and  welcomed  the  CLIVAR  basin 
panel representatives and invited guests. 
2. 
REVIEW AND ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA 
The Chair introduced the provisional agenda. Dickey suggested moving the discussion 
of the IGBP (item 6.5.2) to the discussion of ocean carbon (item 7.4.9), which was accepted 
by  the  panel,  after  which  the  agenda  in  Annex  I  was  approved.  The  agenda,  background 
documents, and all of the presentations given during the meeting are available on the meeting 
website: 
http://ioc.unesco.org/oopc/oopc9/
. 
3. 
OOPC REVIEW 2003 2004 
The chair provided an overview of the activities of the OOPC since the last meeting in 
September  2003.  He  started  with  the  group's  Terms  of  Reference,  which  he  has  broadly 
interpreted as: 
   Make  recommendations  for  the  sustained  global  ocean  observing  system,  including 
phased implementation 
   Develop  processes  for  ongoing  evaluation  and  for  the  future  evolution  of  both  the 
systems and the recommendations 
   A broad liaison responsibility with all groups interested in global ocean observations 
He noted that the liaison responsibility was becoming the major task of the chair. The 
OOPC was well represented at many scientific meetings, the list (completed after input from 
all  members)  can  be  found  below.  Discussions  that  followed  distinguished  the  role  of  the 
OOPC in making recommendations for a global subset of measurements with broad impact, 
the  `sustained'  network,  while  CLIVAR  basin  panels  would  liaise  with  OOPC,  but  have 
specific responsibility for process experiments. 
Table 1: List of meetings with OOPC representation 
Meeting 
Dates 
Member(s) 
SAR Workshop on Ocean and Sea Ice 
5 9 September 2003 
Johannessen 
Application, Svalbard, Norway 
JCOMM Expert Team on Data Management 
15 17 September 
Keeley 
Practices (ETDMP) first session, Oostende, 
2003 
Belgium 
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