Coastal and Shelf Seas Working Group (CSSWG)
The 2002 GODAE Development and Implementation Plan states: “ Climate and seasonal forecasting, navy applications, marine safety, fisheries, the offshore industry and management of shelf/coastal areas are among the expected beneficiaries of GODAE.” The usefulness of GODAE systems to coastal and shelf seas forecasting will therefore be one of the measures of the success of the project.
The consensus within the GODAE project is that it is too early to develop the large-scale coordination effort required to comprehensively meet the needs of, and get feedback from, a very wide range of coastal modellers and users, but that exploring the application of GODAE models to a relatively small number of regional and coastal models in the countries involved in GODAE is within reach. It is particularly important for GODAE to examine how the suitability of the existing large-scale estimates to coastal downscaling can be improved.
With that purpose in mind, it is felt that an important part of the work will be to share experience gained from using the different existing Coastal and Shelf Seas (CSS) systems during the life of the GODAE project (typically up to 2008).
An ad hoc working group, the GODAE Coastal and Shelf Seas Working Group (CSSWG), was created at the beginning of 2006 with the mission to
define, monitor, and promote actions, within GODAE, aimed at the assessment and demonstration of the value of GODAE results for regional, coastal and shelf seas models and forecasting systems, within the 2006-2008 time frame.
The second edition of the CSSWG White Paper contains a few updates with respect to the first position paper, an updated list of the CSS projects, some new references, and updated descriptions of some system. The focus is on regional seas, marginal seas, coastal seas, and on processes linked to the exchanges between the shelf and the open ocean and atmosphere-ocean interactions at the coastal scale.
As of 2007, a number of real-time and offline global and regional ocean simulations are available for use, for instance by regional and coastal modellers seeking suitable initial and boundary conditions within their particular geographic domain. In order to foster interactions between coastal modellers using or planning to use large-scale GODAE products, and between them and the large-scale GODAE systems a first Coastal and Shelf Seas Workshop took place at POL, Liverpool in October 2007.
Outcomes of this workshop will be published with the third edition of the CSSWG white paper. Information for participants is available from the CSSWG member area (login required).
(Last Updated: 18-03-2010)