on the Design of WOCE
- 1. Scientific
Plan for the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (.pdf)
- The Scientific
Plan describes the strategy for one of the principal projects of the
World Climate Research Programme. WOCE will be the first attempt to
survey the oceanic circulation globally for a brief period. he aim is
to collect a data base that will support the development of the global
eddy-resolving ocean circulation models that will become feasible with
increased computer power by the end of the century.
Plan describes the goals and objectives of WOCE and a strategy for
achieving them in terms of three core projects and the associated
model development programme. the broad strategy outlined here will
be elaborated and expanded in the Implementation Plan described below.
- 2. Implementation
- The Implementation
Plan build upon the WOCE Scientific Plan
(.pdf) , published in July, 1986. It can be regarded as a guidebook
to define the means proposed and the resources required to achieve the
WOCE objectives, in a form that enables prospective scientific participants
and their national sponsors to assess their ability to contribute, the
standard of commitment required and the methodology proposed.
This plan has
been prepared in two volumes.
I - Detailed Requirements (.pdf).
This volume gives an overview of the Goals and Objectives of WOCE
and the strategy for meeting them, and a summary of the resources
required. In following chapters, details of the implementation of
the experimental elements of WOCE, data management, the modelling
program, and detailed tables of resource needs are presented.
II - Scientific Background (.pdf).
This volume contains the detailed description of the three Core Projects
which form the heart of WOCE. It provides the scientific rationale
that has led to the field program for WOCE and provides the details
of experimental elements that make up the field program as well as
how, taken together, they constitute a coherent program that meets
the overall objectives of the Core Projects and of WOCE itself.
Report of the International WOCE Scientific Conference (.pdf).
- Proceedings of
the International WOCE Scientific Conference held at Unesco, Paris,
November 28 - December 2, 1988.
WOCE Analysis, Interpretation, Modelling and Synthesis (AIMS) Strategy.
- The document describes
the current state of the project, the logistical and research tasks
that must be undertaken, and in respect of modelling and assimilation
identifies the resources required. It describes a strategy which must
be pursued in order to achieve the scientific goals of WOCE and thus
derive the full benefit from the massive investment of resources that
has been made in the programme over the past seven years.
will be used by individual scientists both for placing their own research
in the context of the experiment, as well as for identifying new research
areas, by programme managers and funding agencies for setting priorities
and planning their resources. It will also assist nations in planning
follow-on programmes such as CLIVAR, GCOS and GODAE and identify to
the Joint Steering Committee of the World Climate Research Programme
how WOCE will contribute to the Programme's goals.
- 5. The
Origins, Development and Conduct of WOCE (.pdf)
- This article is
reprinted from: Ocean Circulation & Climate :Observing and Modelling
the Global Ocean, Chapter 1.3, pp 31-43, 2001, by permission of the
publisher Academic Press an imprint of Elsevier Science.