Services and Forecasting Systems Program Area (SFSPA)
JCOMM promotes a state-of-the-art globally distributed and inter-connected system based on present and next-generation technologies and capabilities. The system is responsive to the evolving needs of all users of marine data and products and a close dialog with the user community is fundamental to the system design. In addition, JCOMM promotes the implementation of an outreach programme to enhance the national capacity of all maritime countries to work effectively for the maritime community and the management of the marine environment.
Responding to the decisions and requests of the WMO Members and IOC Membr States, contributing to the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) for marine and coastal communities should be a high priority of JCOMM/SFSPA for the intersessional period (2012-2017), along with fulfilling the core service mandates of JCOMM in providing maritime safety services as well as supporting marine and coastal emergency responses and risk reduction.
The Stakeholders Workshop for the WMO Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project in Fiji (CIFDP-FSW) was held from February 18th to 21st 2013, in Nadi. It represents the the beginning of Phase 1 of the national sub-project of CIFDP in Fiji (CIFDP-F), sponsored by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and implemented by WMO in collaboration with the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS). About 50 participants, including national/international experts and a large number of stakeholder agencies in Fiji, exchanged on the national requirements for the project implementation. The workshop has also set the basis of the Definitive National Agreement (DNA) for CIFDP-F implementation.
For more details on the workshop: http://www.jcomm.info/CIFDP-FSW
The Coordinated Ocean Wave Climate Project (COWCLIP), supported by JCOMM and WCRP, aims to generate wave climate projections (ultimately of global extent) and aid comprehensive assessments of their cascading uncertainty. Based on the discussion at the first COWCLIP workshop in Geneva (April, 2011; http://www.jcomm.info/COWCLIP1), the inter-comparison of the first community ensemble of global wave climate projections (COWCLIP Phase 1) is now completed and the results are available online.
The wave community is now invited to contribute to the COWCLIP Phase 2 intercomparison study (ongoing until November 2013): It aims to quantify the source of variance between available studies, through a more designed approach using CMIP5 derived datasets.
Please find further information at project http://www.jcomm.info/COWCLIP.
JCOMM, in collaboration with WMO Tropical Cyclone Programme (TCP), has successfully conducted the Eighth JCOMM-TCP Workshop on Storm Surge and Wave Forecasting (SSW-8) in Nairobi, Kenya, from 19 to 23 November 2012. This was the first training opportunity for South and East African countries on wave and surge modelling. Highly qualified participants from Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania enjoyed 5-day training programme provided by the experts from France (La Reunion), India, Japan, Kenya, USA and the WMO Secretariat. Two Members of the JCOMM Expert Team on Waves and Coastal Hazards Forecasting Systems (ETWCH) - Drs Hendrik Tolman (USA) and Nadao Kohno (Japan) - contributed to this event as lecturers.
Further details can be found in the proceedings: http://www.jcomm.info/SSW8.