Three discipline-based GOOS Expert Panels provide scientific oversight on Physics, Biogeochemistry, and Biology and Ecosystems. Of the three panels, the Physics and Biogeochemistry Panels were built on existing structures - the Physics Panel on the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC) and the Biogeochemistry Panel on the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP). The Biology and Ecosystems Panel was formed more recently and draws on the experience from the last decade of research best practices in this field.
Expert Panels are central in the GOOS work structure, as they focus on the dispersed GOOS Networked observations, acting as a liaison and advocate for users and collaborators at local, national, and regional scales.
GOOS Expert Panel Tasks
Expert Panels are responsible for three main functions within their discipline:
- Identification of and requirement setting for Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs);
- Development of EOV implementation strategies and coordination of observations;
- Promotion of standards and interoperability of data and information products.
Expert Panels approach these tasks using the Framework for Ocean Observing, which provides a structure to establish requirements surrounding what measurements should be selected as EOVs, how to measure EOVs, and how to manage/make available their data products.
Cross-disciplinarity and multi-thematic contributions
GOOS coordinates global ocean observations across three critical cross-cutting themes: Climate, Real-Time Services, and Ocean Health. As issues facing the globe today are interdisciplinary in nature, it is necessary to extend the scope of observing networks to include ocean physics, biogeochemistry, and biology.
The diagram at right shows how the expertise of the different Expert Panels goes well beyond their principal discipline.