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Annoucement for 1st GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting - 12-13 November 2014, PML, Plymouth (UK)

We are pleased to invite you at first GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting which will be held at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) on 12th and 13th November. This User Consultation Meeting offers a preview of early work from the first year of the project and an opportunity to influence the future development through evaluation of preliminary products, clarification of user requirements and discussion of how the system will develop.


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Observing surface currents from space

Thanks to satellite and in-situ observations, combined with high resolution numerical ocean models, the last decade has seen advances in the knowledge of the global ocean surface dynamics, filled with a large number of various mesoscale (~100 km) and sub-mesoscale (<~10 km) meandering surface currents and eddies. However, the challenge is to accurately quantify the surface current associated with these features. Multi-variable observations from past and presently operating remote sensing satellite sensors, including altimeters, gradiometers, scatterometers, SAR, IR and passive microwave radiometers and spectrometers provide information on various aspects of the ocean surface currents, but there is an inconsistency in coverage, spatial scales, depth representation and whether, for instance, tides and wind components are included. The ESA-funded GlobCurrent project aims to provide a synergistic combination of these multiple sensing technologies and their differing depth dependency together with a range of processing methods and tools.


Wednesday 12 November 201

  • 12:00-13:00 Registration and lunch
  • 13:00-13:10 Welcome from Steve de Mora (Director Of Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
  • 13:10-13:50 Johnny Johannessen: GlobCurrent -- Ocean Currents at your fingertips
  • 13:50-14:30 Bertrand Chapron: New satellite sensors, new current data
  • 14:30-15:00 Tea/Coffee break.
  • 15:00-15:30 Invited 1 - Mike Bell (Met Office) - Modelling and forecasting
  • 15:30-16:00 Invited 2 - Colin Grant (CG Metocean Consulting Limited)
  • 16:00-16:30 Interactive introduction to GlobCurrent data
  • 16:30-17:30 Open discussion (chaired by GlobCurrent - structure/content guided by attendees)
  • 19:30 Conference Dinner (organised by GlobCurrent, attendees will cover their own costs)

Thursday morning 13 November 2014

  • 09:00-09:30 Invited 3 - Maritime safety
  • 09:30-10:00 Invited 4 - Shipping
  • 10:00-11:00 Open discussion (chaired by GlobCurrent - structure/content guided by attendees)
  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee break
  • 11:30-12:15 Plenary, including report back from all discussions
  • 12:15-13:15 Lunch.
  • 14:00-16:00 Optional: Training (assumes not all will want to stay for hands-on work).


Important deadlines

Submission of abstracts 25 August 2014
Deadline for registration (no fee) 25 September 2014
GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting 12-13 November 2014


There is no registration fee.
Confirmation of attendance is required by 25 September 2014.

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