TPOS 2020 Project Meetings

Steering Committee Meetings

The role of the TPOS 2020 Steering Committee (SC) was to provide scientific and technical oversight for the planning, system design, and implementation of the TPOS. The SC met annually to assess the evolving set of requirements, potential technology options for delivering a more effective and efficient TPOS including relevant scientific/expert panels and bodies, and data and information needs. The SC Reports provide an overview of the SC meeting agenda, discussions and presentations, and resulting Decisions and Actions recorded from the sessions.

Steering Committee Meeting 1 (Oct 2014) – The first meeting of the TPOS 2020 Scientific Steering Committee was held October 6-9, 2014 and hosted by the Korea Institute of Ocean Science Technology (KIOST) in Ansan, Korea. This meeting was the first step to transition the current TPOS of loosely coordinated activities into a systematic and sustainable observing system by 2020. Download SC-1 Meeting Report (PDF).

Steering Committee Meeting 2 (Oct 2015) – The second meeting of the TPOS 2020 Scientific Steering Committee was held October 14-17, 2015 in Hobart Australia. The meeting was sponsored by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). Download SC-2 Meeting Report (PDF).

Steering Committee 2 Interim Meeting Report (2016) – On April 21-22, 2016 the TPOS 2020 Steering Committee met for an Interim session via video-conference. Download SC-2 Interim Session Report (PDF).

Steering Committee Meeting 3 (Oct 2016) – The third meeting of the TPOS 2020 Scientific Steering Committee was held 25-28 October 2016 in Lima, Peru. Download SC-3 Report (PDF).

Steering Committee Meeting 4 (Oct 2017) – The fourth meeting of the TPOS 2020 Scientific Steering Committee was held 17-19 October 2017 in Seattle, Washington (USA) at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. The meeting also included a Technical Workshop on the Western Pacific Tropical Moored Array. Download SC-4 Report (PDF).

Steering Committee Meeting 5 Report (2018) – The fifth meeting of the TPOS 2020 Scientific Steering Committee was held 6-8 November 2018 in Yokohama, Japan at the Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences. Download SC-5 Report (PDF).

Steering Committee Meeting 6 (Nov 2019) – TPOS 2020 held its Sixth Steering Committee Meeting (SC-6) in Hangzhou, China from 5-7 November 2019. A Technical Workshop was also held on 4 November 2019. China’s Second Institute of Oceanography graciously hosted SC-6 and the technical workshop. Download SC-6 Report (PDF).

Resource Forum Meetings

The TPOS 2020 Resource Forum (TRF) facilitated and coordinated the provision of resources by member institutions required to advance TPOS 2020 activities based on recommendations from- and in consultation with, the TPOS Steering Committee. The TRF coordinated resources that may be applied to the TPOS, including necessary observing research, technology development/testing, modelling, scientific analysis, infrastructure (e.g., ship resources and/or deployment of observing assets), along with Project Management and travel support. The TRF met based on the resource needs of the Project. Its reports provide an overview of the agenda, discussions, and outcomes.

Resource Forum Meeting 1 (2014) – The Inaugural Meeting of the TPOS-2020 Resource Forum (TRF-1) was held on October 9-10 2014 in Ansan, South Korea at the Korea Institute for Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST). Download TRF-1 Meeting Report (PDF).

Resource Forum Meeting 2 (2017) – The Second Meeting of the TPOS 2020 Resource Forum (TRF-2) was held on May 16-17, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii USA. The focus of the meeting was “Advancing Into the Transition and Implementation Phase 2017-2020.” Download TRF-2 Meeting Report (PDF).

Download TPOS 2020 Honolulu Declaration (PDF).

January 2014 Workshop

In January 2014, NOAA and JAMSTEC, in collaboration with the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC), convened a Review of the TPOS, through a Workshop and associated White Papers. These deliberations considered the immediate actions to address the deterioration in the observing system, as well as activities and recommendations that will lead to a more robust and sustainable system. These considerations formed the basis for initiating the TPOS 2020 project.

The TPOS 2020 Steering Committee (SC) was formed following the January 2014 Workshop, consisting of 15 members from seven nations throughout the Pacific, and spanning a wide range of scientific and engineering expertise.

The 2014 Workshop was held January 27-30, 2014, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Workshop was attended by 65 invitees from 13 countries and 35 institutes. There were various invited talks based on 14 whitepapers and 9 agency presentations and extensive time for discussion. The review committee was made up of the Scientific Organizing Committee plus 3 independent experts.

Download 2014 Workshop Report (PDF).

Download 2014 Workshop Sponsors Letter (PDF).

White Papers

A series of White Papers were developed in preparation for the January 2014 Workshop by TPOS Community Experts:
WP#2, Harrison et al 2014: Some Societal Impacts of ENSO
WP#3, Kessler et al 2014: ENSO Research: The Overarching Science Drivers and Requirements for Observations
WP#4, Balmaseda et al 2014: Operational Forecasting Systems
WP#5, Fujii et al 2014: Evaluation of the Tropical Pacific Observing System from the Data Assimilation Perspective
WP#6, Mathis et al 2014: Tropical Pacific Biogeochemistry: Status, Implementation, and Gaps
WP#7, Chavez et al 2014: A Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS) in Relation to Biological Productivity and Living Resources
WP#8a, Takahashi et al 201: Regional Applications of Observations in the Eastern Pacific: Western South America
WP#8b, Wiles et al 2014: The Tropical Pacific Observing System and the Pacific Islands
WP#9, Lindstrom et al 2014: Satellite Views of the Tropical Pacific
WP#10, Roemmich et al 2014: In Situ Temperature, Salinity, and Velocity Observations
WP#11, Cronin et al 2014: Wind Stress and Air Sea Fluxes Observations: Status, Implementation and Gaps
WP#12, Rudnick et al 2014: Emerging Technology
WP#13, Smith and Hankin 2014: Data and Information Delivery: Communication, Assembly and Uptake
WP#14, Legler et al 2014: Logistical Considerations and Ship Resources