OceanPredict.US expects that its efforts will engage, leverage, and contribute to those of international entities and collaborations. 

Relevant entities include:


OceanPredict is a science network to accelerate, strengthen, and increase the impact of ocean prediction through coordination and improvement of global and regional ocean analysis and forecasting systems.

The OceanPredict Science Team comprises the following Task Teams:

Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)

GOOS is led by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, and co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Science Council (ISC).

GOOS aims to develop the observing tools and technology, information systems, scientific analysis and forecasts that enable the global community to leverage the value of its investment.

  • Underpinning accurate weather forecasts and warnings
  • Monitoring marine ecosystem health and preserving life
  • Leading, coordinating, and supporting vital ocean observing
  • Modelling, mitigating, and adapting to climate change
Expert Team on Operational Ocean Forecasting Systems (ETOOFS)

ETOOFS is a part of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), which is under the auspices of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), a part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Science Council (ISC).

ETOOFS aims to:

  • Manage and maintain the guide, scope and requirement documents, adhering to relevant Quality Management Systems, for Members/Member States providing ocean forecasting services;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Guide and initiate actions at an international level that will contribute to the improvement of operational ocean prediction system efficiency, fidelity and service quality;
  • Promote and facilitate the support for, and development of, operational and forecasting systems and their adoption in the wider community;
  • 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;
  • Liaise with and gather input from the other Expert Teams in the Services and Forecasting Systems Program Area (SFSPA), Observation Program Area (OPA), and Data Management Program Area (DMPA) on all aspects relevant to the operational ocean forecasting.
Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS)

GOOS is primarily focused on development and implementation of the in situ ocean observation network (surface and sub-surface). Coordination of space-based ocean observations is primarily addressed through the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS). CEOS has “Virtual Constellations” dedicated to several key ocean parameters. These include ocean color radiometry, ocean surface topography, ocean surface vector winds, and, sea surface temperature. From the perspective of OceanPredict, access to routine and sustained, high quality ocean and coastal satellite observations are essential, from data assimilation to broader activities such as validation, skill assessments and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC). Furthermore, emerging applications such as ecological and coastal zone forecasting are reliant on synoptic data afforded by satellite platforms, enabling coupling of physical and biological/biogeochemical parameters as well as supporting trans-boundary (land-sea-atmosphere) and transdisciplinary (environmental and social sciences) approaches. CEOS activities in the coastal zone are being led by the CEOS Coastal Observations Applications Services and Tools (COAST) Ad Hoc Team. CEOS-COAST has been selected as a Contribution to the U.N. Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (further details available at CEOS website).