How can OASIS become truly global through partnership and capacity strengthening to improve regional weather and ocean predictions, and enhance scientific opportunities for early career ocean professionals and underrepresented communities?
Specific Guiding Questions
Theory of Change: Coupled ocean atmosphere exchanges are challenging to compute as they rely upon many co-located and synchronous, high resolution surface essential ocean variables (EOV), essential climate variables (ECV), and essential biodiversity variables (EBVs). Multifunctional platforms are more economical than multiple single function platforms and have the added value that they encourage collaborations across expertise. Specifically, they provide opportunities for Early Career Ocean Professionals, scientists from under-resourced nations and institutions, and those working in industry. New sensors must be deployed in a way that ensures interoperability and non-interference with other measurements. Capacity strengthening in this sense is achieved by developing best practices and technical readiness level advancement procedures, and by developing a culture of mentorship and partnership, all of which expands the capacity of the observing system. The result of this cultural shift would be a broader base of users, operators, technological solutions, and education and outreach opportunities that inspire the next generation of scientists.
We seek to promote effective global and regional coordination on observing and modeling air-ocean interactions, including through information exchange, capacity development, and enhanced engagement of stakeholders at global, regional and national levels. Building on the efforts of the other OASIS themes and partners, the capacity strengthening and partnership theme focuses on the following terms of reference: