Does Operational Oceanography Address the Needs of Fisheries and Applied Environmental Scientists?

Type Article
Date 2011-03
Language English
Author(s) Berx Barbara1, Dickey-Collas Mark2, Skogen Morten D.3, de Roeck Yann-Herve4, Klein Holger5, Barciela Rosa6, Forster Rodney M.7, Dombrowsky Eric8, Huret MartinORCID9, Payne Mark10, Sagarminaga Yolanda11, Schrum Corinna12
Affiliation(s) 1 : Marine Scotland Sci, Aberdeen, Scotland.
2 : IMARES, Ijmuiden, Netherlands.
3 : Inst Marine Res, N-5024 Bergen, Norway.
4 : IFREMER, Brest, France.
5 : BSH, Operat Oceanog Sect, Hamburg, Germany.
6 : Met Off, Ocean Forecasting Res & Dev, Exeter, Devon, England.
7 : Ctr Environm Fisheries & Aquaculture Sci Cefas, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England.
8 : Mercator Ocean, Ramonville St Agne, France.
9 : IFREMER, Nantes, France.
10 : Tech Univ Denmark, Natl Inst Aquat Resources, Copenhagen, Denmark.
11 : AZTI Tecnalia, Pasaia, Spain.
12 : Univ Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
Source Oceanography (1042-8275) (Oceanography Society), 2011-03 , Vol. 24 , N. 1 , P. 166-171
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Abstract Although many oceanographic data products are now considered operational, continued dialogue between data producers and their user communities is still needed. The fisheries and environmental science communities have often been criticized for their lack of multidisciplinarity, and it is not clear whether recent developments in operational oceanographic products are addressing these needs. The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Working Group on Operational Oceanographic products for Fisheries and Environment (WGOOFE) identified a potential mismatch between user requirements and the perception of requirements by the providers. Through a questionnaire (98 respondents), WGOOFE identified some of these issues. Although products of physical variables were in higher demand, several biological parameters scored in the top 10 rankings. Users placed specific focus on historic time series products with monthly or annual resolution and updating on similar time scales. A significant percentage requested access to numerical data rather than graphical output. While the outcomes of this survey challenge our views of operational oceanography, several initiatives are already attempting to close the gap between user requirements and products available.
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Berx Barbara, Dickey-Collas Mark, Skogen Morten D., de Roeck Yann-Herve, Klein Holger, Barciela Rosa, Forster Rodney M., Dombrowsky Eric, Huret Martin, Payne Mark, Sagarminaga Yolanda, Schrum Corinna (2011). Does Operational Oceanography Address the Needs of Fisheries and Applied Environmental Scientists? Oceanography, 24(1), 166-171. Open Access version :