Background to the foresight session steering committee
In March 2012 organisations that are partners of Mercator-Ocean asked the GMMC scientific advisory board to organise a scientific foresight session on the various aspects of French Operational Oceanography in order to come up with a common vision of the challenges, objectives and research projects to be undertaken over the next 10 years, while taking into account the context of European investment already made in the field over the last 15 years. A foresight session steering committee was thus set up and it organised a series of work sessions and conferences involving a wider group of scientists. The committee wrote a draft foresight-report based on this work, which was then submitted to the scientific community for review between 19 July and 28 September 2013. A final report was then drawn up following the steering committee’s review of the draft report.