FOO 2019

15 & 16 October 2019
Novotel St Kilda, Melbourne


Abstracts Now Open

We are excited to announce that abstracts are now open for the third Australian Forum for Operational Oceanography conference. We now invite abstracts across the two major themes:

  1. Opportunities for operational oceanography to drive the development of Australian marine industries
    • Next generation ocean remote sensing
    • In situ ocean observing, especially near real time
    • Ocean modelling and forecasting
    • Big ocean data
    • Marine renewable energy
  2. Risks to Australian marine industries and the role of operational oceanography in helping to manage them
    • Climate risks
    • Operational uncertainties (e.g. swell, wind waves, internal waves, surface currents.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Please include a 100 word biography of the presenting author in your submission. Abstracts can be submitted online now via the abstract submission portal. Submissions will close Wednesday 15 May 2019.


Registration is open, please use the conference website page:

  • Early bird registration (closes 5 August): $300
  • Standard registration: $400

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that our keynote presenters and presentations are:

A national perspective on management of climate risks to Australia’s blue economy by Professor David Karoly, CSIRO
David Karoly is Leader of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub. He is an internationally recognised expert on climate change and climate variability.
The NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub is committed to building world-leading climate and Earth systems science capability and using our understanding of Australia’s past, present and future climate to supply useful and accessible climate information for Australia.
In this keynote, Professor Karoly will focus on the information required to manage climate risk in Australia’s valuable marine industries, collectively referred to as the blue economy.

The UK ocean prediction community, current status and future directions by Dr John Siddorn, UK Met Office
John Siddorn is Head of the Ocean Forecasting Research and Development (OFRD) group at the UK Met Office. He is also co-chair of the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction (NPOP), which has much in common with Australia’s Forum for Operational Oceanography (FOO).
In his keynote, Dr Siddorn will give an overview of ocean prediction in the UK, and highlight developments in coupled short-range prediction, eddy resolving forecasting systems, and data assimilation and use of observations.

Event Details

Details for FOO 2019:

When:  15-16 October 2019
Where: Novotel St Kilda, Melbourne
How:    The meeting will be held over two full days, starting 9 am and finishing 5 pm each day.
More information can be found here:

Please contact Indi Hodgson-Johnston ( if you have any comments or questions about the event.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in Melbourne!

Kindest regards,
Tim Moltmann, on behalf of Jan Flynn and the FOO Steering Committee

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