Expert Team on Operational Ocean Forecast Systems (ETOOFS)

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Terms of Reference

  1. Manage and maintain the guide, scope and requirement documents, adhering to relevant Quality Management Systems, for Members/Member States providing ocean forecasting services;
  2. Manage and maintain an overview of OOFS service portfolio from ocean physics to biogeochemistry, highlighting the values of ocean products and services from short-term to seasonal forecasting;
  3. Manage and promote the adoption of an international standard to support interoperability and the common formatting of ocean forecast products and services and the quality assessment of the products in cooperation with GODAE;
  4. Guide and initiate actions at an international level that will contribute to the improvement of operational ocean prediction system efficiency, fidelity and service quality;
  5. Promote and facilitate the support for, and development of, operational and forecasting systems and their adoption in the wider community;
  6. Provide advice on Operational Ocean Forecasting Systems related matters and prepare submissions on the requirements (for example, research, observational and data management) of Operational Ocean Forecasting Systems operated by Members/Member States to other international groups;
  7. Liaise with and gather input from the other Expert Teams in SFSPA, OPA and DMPA on all aspects relevant to the operational ocean forecasting.

As a general principle, these terms of reference will be implemented through specific, defined, time-limited projects.


Membership is selected to ensure an appropriate range of expertise and to maintain appropriate geographical and gender representation. Up to eight core members, including the chairperson, representative of a range of activities related to ocean forecasting systems.

Additional experts may be invited as appropriate, representative of the range of activities related to ocean forecasting systems, on a self-funded basis, and in general with no resource implications to JCOMM.

Member Role Country
Enrique Fanjul
Mercator Océan
Vice Chair France
Sudheer Joseph
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services
Core member India
Avichal Mehra
NOAA National Weather Service, MD
Core member United States of America
Pierre Bahurel
Mercator Océan
Chair France
Masafumi Kamachi
Meteorological Research Institute of Japan Meteorological Agency, Ibaraki
affiliated member Japan
Shiro Ishizaki
Japan Meteorological Agency, Tokyo
Core member Japan
Lotfi Aouf
Météo France
Affiliate Member France
Aihong Zhong
Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne
Core Member Australia
Guimei Liu
National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC)/Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)
Core member China
Dakui Wang
National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC)/Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)
Affiliate member China
Mouhamadou Kamara
Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie du Sénégal
Affiliate Member Senegal
Stefania Ciliberti
Nologin Consulting SL
Core Member Spain
Ahisset Axelle Candice Kéké
Direction de la Meteorologie Nationale
Affiliate Member Côte d'Ivoire
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