At the inaugural FOO meeting in Fremantle in July 2015, there was a strong desire to build on the dialogue commenced at the meeting to establish effective, ongoing communication between Forum participants.  It was noted that such a meeting was already too big to be a working group, and that it would be necessary to form smaller expert teams focused on a short list of Forum-agreed priorities in order to make progress. 

Six candidate priority areas emerged from discussions during the meeting.

The FOO Steering Committee assessed two of these to be highest priority and formed Working Groups on – Surface currents, and Surface waves.

 Candidate priority areas

 Aspects discussed

 1. Surface currents

 Optimising Bluelink for surface currents, standardising thickness (one  metre as in the US?), SLDMB data, use of high frequency radar

 2. Surface waves

 Source of error in swell set up, combining spectral and phase  resolving models, ocean (vs lake) observations to inform source term  development, shallow water bathymetry for nearshore waves

 3. Thermal structure

 Getting the physics right remains a key gap in economically important  areas (e.g. North West Shelf), prediction of internal wave extremes,  significance for engineering design

 4. Consensus forecasting

 Keeping pace with model development, verification, metrics,  international collaboration

 5. Data products

 Industry using global analyses and products rather than raw data,  opportunity to produce shelf reanalysis products for Australia using  additional data now available

 6. Data stewardship

 Data quality, calibration details, data access, research/government/  industry cooperation driven by value




Working Groups

Surface Currents

View more on the Surface Currents Working Group, including the Position Statement here

Source: IMOS OceanCurrent

Surface Waves

View more on the Surface Waves Working Group here