Mercator Ocean international is committed to helping international institutions and scientific working groups set up international standards to monitor the ocean and develop operational oceanography. The first step is to defining where and how new capacities are needed by making an inventory of the operational oceanography and ocean forecasting services. The map below shows two categories of centers: operational oceanography centers and marine forecasting centers providing data for operations at sea. Filters can selects crtieria to be displayed according to the viewer interest: the scale of the data provided and the level of achievement of the service provided.
Marine Meteorological and Forecast centers and Operational Oceanography Centers can be distinguished with the variables they analyse.
- Marine Meteorology and Forecast mainly present the interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean surface as well as other types of forecasts that refer to special elements and phenomena, such as waves, storm surges, sea ice and ice accretion.
- Operational Oceanography measures and provides daily and long-term physical, biogeochemical and sea ice information about the surface and sub-surface of the ocean.
Disclaimer: this content has been produced according to the reputation and with a set of documents from the websites of each of the operational oceanography and marine forecasting centres. None of the identified centres have been formally contacted and some may have been overlooked.
The PDF below gives you an overview which criteria have been analysed and how the classification has been elaborated: