Implementation Coordination Group (ICG)
The TPOS ICG will develop documentation on standards and core Tropical Moored Array (TMA) functionality so the array remains a seamless backbone across the agencies deploying it. The ICG will work closely with the SAC on the implementation of the observing system,especially during the initial transition period. The ICG will work on evaluating the current role of the group and determine how those roles can/should transition to the SAC and/or Task Teams as appropriate. Further, this group will also help the SAC develop the expectations for the relationship with intergovernmental bodies like GOOS.
The TPOS Stakeholders Group will assume a similar role to the current TPOS Resources Forum (TRF). This group will focus on accountability and on better alignment of resources for TPOS and stakeholder needs, and will be representative of the diverse interests in TPOS with an emphasis on implementation and responsiveness. The Stakeholders Forum will be responsible for coordinating with the SAC to establish a set of performance metrics that can be tracked and evaluated to strengthen the accountability mechanisms. These metrics will be periodically reviewed and updated to ensure that TPOS continues to make progress through implementation of the recommendations, continues to innovate, continues to encourage new partners and contributors, and better engages with stakeholders throughout the value chain.
Small, focused Task Teams brought great value to the TPOS 2020. The details of potential new Task Teams (TT) and/or expert groups are yet to be determined and will be formed on an ad hoc basis since the need for these groups will continue to evolve.