The TPOS 2020 Project worked to evaluate, and where necessary, change all elements that contribute to the Tropical Pacific Observing System based on a modern understanding of tropical Pacific science. The project aimed for enhanced effectiveness for all stakeholders, informed by the development and requirements of the operational prediction models that are primary users of TPOS data. TPOS 2020 embraced the integration of diverse sampling technologies, with a deliberate focus on robustness and sustainability, and will deliver a legacy of improved governance, coordination and supporting arrangements.
The Project worked within the Framework for Ocean Observing developed by the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and used this as a reporting mechanism to other relevant coordination mechanisms. Further, the TPOS 2020 project welcomed partnerships with other global ocean observing communities, the meteorological community, and the operational centers that use TPOS data for ocean state estimates and forecast initialization, and coastal ocean communities.
TPOS 2020 aimed to deliver the following benefits:
- A refreshed and more effective design for the TPOS, promoting sustainability, and making full use of new and emerging technologies
- Greater cooperation and coordination among the international sponsors and contributors to the TPOS, delivering efficiency, reduced risk and greater robustness
Facilitation of experiments and studies in process parameterisation and modelling to guide improvements in climate prediction and associated applications
- Integration of biogeochemical and biological sampling into the TPOS design and implementation
- Fuller assessment of climate change signatures and the impacts in the tropical Pacific
The Project facilitated and embraced observing element contributions from multiple agencies and countries through a coordinated portfolio of resources and high-level oversight of the scientific and technical design, sub-projects and interfaces to the user community.