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studies, but are not funded to do so. It is also possible that different forecast systems will give 
different outcomes. 
A major challenge remains dealing with the different needs of different applications of 
the global ocean observing system.  
Liz  Kent  presented  a  report  on  sampling  requirements  for  VOS  surface  fluxes,  her 
presentation  is  available  on  the  meeting  website.  Poor  knowledge  of  the  space  and  time 
decorrelation  timescales  of  surface  fluxes  has  made  determining  the  required  level  of 
measurements  for  a  fixed  uncertainty  of  15  W  m
 2
  per  5 x5   box  (5 x2   in  the  tropics) 
difficult  to  ascertain.  The  OOPC  was  encourage  to  provide  their  input  to  improve  this 
calculation. 
8.2 Ocean Product Evaluation 
This item was introduced by the Chair. In principle, the evaluation of ocean products 
is the responsibility of the JCOMM Products and Services Program Area. The Panel was not 
sure that this JCOMM program area had much focus on the global climate products of interest 
here. 
The OOPC decided to provide a list of products  it would like to see to the JCOMM 
Products and Services group, and to liaise with GSOP on this matter. 
9. 
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS 
Action  Report  Action 
Responsible 
Date 
Item 
Ref 
1    5.1 
to recommend that the DBCP address the 
Chair, 
Oct 
undersampling of polar oceans and 
Secretariat 
DBCP 
marginal ice zones 
mtg 
2    5.1 
to encourage the new CliC Arctic Ocean 
Mauritzen 
ongoing 
Panel to work towards community 
consensus on feasible, global climate 
motivated observing requirements 
3    5.1 
to liaise with Martin Bergman, head of the  Keeley 
ASAP 
International Arctic Scientific Committee 
Pacific Arctic group, regarding Arctic 
observing plans and requirements 
4    5.2 
to encourage documentation of the 
Reynolds 
ongoing 
improvements and uncertainties in sea ice 
products 
5    5.2 
to raise questions about sea ice products 
Secretariat 
ASAP 
and their improvement for Rayner 
cc to Ryabinin for CliC 
6    5.3 
to encourage the Southern Ocean panel to  Speer 
ongoing 
consider correlations of S.O. indices with 
wider patterns of climate variability that 
have societal impact, and to document 
these 
7    6.1 
to provide input to the draft GCOS 
all 
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