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Recent Progress in Performance Evaluations and Near Real-Time Assessment of Operational Ocean Products
Journal of Operational Oceanography
  • Fabrice Hernandez, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
  • Edward Blockley, Ocean Forecasting Research & Development
  • Gary B. Brassington, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • Fraser Davidson, Fisheries and Oceans
  • Prasanth Divakaran, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • Marie Drévillon, Mercator Océan
  • Shiro Ishizaki, Japan Meteorological Agency
  • Marcos Garcia-Sotillo, Puertos del Estado
  • Patrick J. Hogan, Navy Research Laboratory/Stennis Space Center
  • Priidik Lagemaa, Tallinn University of Technology
  • Bruno Levier, Mercator Océan
  • Matthew Martin, Ocean Forecasting Research & Development
  • Avichal Mehra, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Christopher Mooers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Nicolas Ferry, Mercator Océan
  • Andrew Ryan, Ocean Forecasting Research & Development
  • Charly Regnier, Mercator Océan
  • Alistair Sellar, Ocean Forecasting Research & Development
  • Gregory C. Smith, Tallinn University of Technology
  • Sarantis Sofianos, University of Athens
  • Todd Spindler, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Gianluca Volpe, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
  • John Wilkin, Rutgers University - Newark
  • Edward Zaron, Portland State University
  • Aijun Zhang, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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  • Oceanography -- Mathematical models,
  • Tides,
  • Ocean currents
Operational ocean forecast systems provide routine marine products to an ever-widening community of users and stakeholders. The majority of users need information about the quality and reliability of the products to exploit them fully. Hence, forecast centres have been developing improved methods for evaluating and communicating the quality of their products. Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE) OceanView, along with the Copernicus European Marine Core Service and other national and international programmes, has facilitated the development of coordinated validation activities among these centres. New metrics, assessing a wider range of ocean parameters, have been defined and implemented in real-time. An overview of recent progress and emerging international standards is presented here.

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Fabrice Hernandez, Edward Blockley, Gary B. Brassington, Fraser Davidson, Prasanth Divakaran, Marie Drévillon, Shiro Ishizaki, Marcos Garcia-Sotillo, Patrick J. Hogan, Priidik Lagemaa, Bruno Levier, Matthew Martin, Avichal Mehra, Christopher Mooers, Nicolas Ferry, Andrew Ryan, Charly Regnier, Alistair Sellar, Gregory C. Smith, Sarantis Sofianos, Todd Spindler, Gianluca Volpe, John Wilkin, Edward D. Zaron & Aijun Zhang (2015) Recent progress in performance evaluations and near real-time assessment of operational ocean products, Journal of Operational Oceanography, 8:sup2, s221-s238.