The Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

Observations Programme Area

The Observations Programme Area (OPA) is primarily responsible for the development, coordination and maintenance of moored buoy, drifting buoy, ship-based and space-based observational networks and related telecommunications facilities. It also monitors the efficiency of the overall observing system and, as necessary, recommends and coordinates changes designed to improve it. It has inherited lead responsibility for a number of important and well-established observational programs, which are managed by bodies that now report through JCOMM.

The JCOMM OPA Implementation Goals document provides for JCOMM goals regarding the implementation of these observing systems.

More detail about the Observations Programme Area is available at About the OPA


OPA Activities


OPA Programmes

Related Programs


Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP)

Argo Information Centre

Argo Profiling Float Program

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Ship Observations Team (SOT) »


Ocean reference stations

Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) » IOCCP


International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project IOCCP »


Network Monitoring and Support

The Global Ocean Ship-Based Hydrographic Investigations Program GO-SHIP »

Regional Marine Instrument Centres (RMICs)


JCOMM in situ Observations Programme Support Centre (JCOMMOPS) »

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Satellite Remote Sensing programs


Observing System Monitoring Center (OSMC) »


Data Systems Relevant to JCOMM Activities

 data-systems  The consultant's report (dated July 2014) on data systems relevant to JCOMM activities is available here.

Pilot Projects

OPA Progress

OPA Work Plan (dashboard) »

  • In 02014, JCOMM is organizing a pilot project for the intercomparison of seawater salinity measurements. The pilot project is organized with assistance and support from the Regional Marine Instrument Centre (RMIC) for the Asia Pacific Region (RMOC/AP) in Tianjin, China. Details about the Pilot Project and how to participate can be found HERE.
  • A Pilot Project for the integration of marine and other appropriate oceanographic observations into the WMO Integrated Global Observing Systems (WIGOS ») has been completed in 2010 in close cooperation with IOC and its IODE Ocean Data Portal (ODP). Details about the Pilot Project are available HERE ».
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