About the OPA
The Observations Programme Area (OPA) was established by the first Session of JCOMM.
The primary objective of the JCOMM Observations Programme Area (OPA) is to implement and maintain a fully integrated ocean observing system across the entire marine meteorology and oceanographic community.
The OPA works to develop, plan and coordinate the acquisition, exchange and management of observations, involving:
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 these important and well-established observational programs, which are managed by bodies that now report through JCOMM.
Additionally the programme area offers its expertise to assist other groups (e.g. GCOS, GOOS, OOPC) to specify and implement their own observational requirements.
Structure of the Observations Programme Area
Specific OPA publications can be found here:
The repository of official JCOMM documents is on the WMO JCOMM Publications page »