The EOS (“Evaluation of Ocean Syntheses” COST action is supporting the assessment of strengths and weaknesses of ocean reanalyses, and the preparation of guidelines for reanalyses to fit different purposes. Previously, the Ocean Reanalysis Inter-comparison project (ORA-IP) consisted in a volunteer-based inter-comparison of the 2011 vintage of global ocean reanalyses, including coupled atmospheric-ocean products and objective analyses, for a number of key ocean diagnostics, generally compared to appropriate validation datasets. The project has led to several scientific publications, collected in a special issue of Climate Dynamics, extensively exploiting the concept of signal-to-spread ratio to detect the consistency among the reanalyses.

There is a clear need of repeating the ORA-IP exercise with the new vintage of reanalyses in order to evaluate the advances made in the reanalysis community (data assimilation methods, observations, boundary forcing, ocean and sea-ice modeling, etc.) and extend the investigations to metrics driven by a broader scientific community, for instance at regional scale (polar regions) or ocean process studies (e.g. cross-equatorial and inter-basin transports). The demand for linking the inter-comparison with other similar initiatives, in particular the ocean model inter-comparison initiatives and GODAE supported comparisons, has recently emerged as valuable strategy to fill the gap between the ocean modeling and the reanalysis communities, and the operational and the reanalysis communities, respectively. Aims of the workshop are:

  • Review the main outcomes of ORA-IP;
  • Understand the advances in the ocean reanalysis community in terms of upgrades of individual reanalysis systems;
  • Identify recommendations and good practices for the reanalysis production (e.g. spin-up, forcing, observations);
  • Establish a protocol for the next inter-comparison exercise (i.e. timeliness, period, diagnostics, format and grid) and start identifying the metrics that shall be included;
  • Identify strategies to get a broader scientific community involved in the inter-comparison, for instance establishing a CMIP-like infrastructure that allows external users to inter-compare the products.
  • Envisage a strategy for linking ORA-IP with other inter-comparisons, in particular with the CLIVAR/OMDP sponsored OMIP exercise (e.g. introducing the free simulations counterpart of the reanalyses in ORA-IP);
  • Discuss strategies for the near real-time extension of the current reanalyses;
  • Prepare the community for the forth-coming International Conference on Reanalysis (ICR5), to be held in Rome (13-17 November 2017)

Participation is expected from reanalysis producers and experts, ocean modelers, scientists interested in ocean reanalyses and users in general.

More information can be obtained from the CLIVAR website.

The preliminary meeting agenda can be downloaded here.

Logistical details for the participants can be downloaded from here.

Organising Committee
Aida Alvera Azcarate (University of Liege / EOS COST, Belgium)
Magdalena Balmaseda (ECMWF, UK)
Nico Caltabiano (CLIVAR)
Marie Drevillon (Mercator-Ocean, France)
Yann Drillet (Mercator-Ocean, France)
Keith Haines (University of Reading, UK)
Alicia Karspeck (UCAR/CGD, USA)
Tony Lee (NASA/JPL, USA)
Steve Penny (NOAA, USA)
Drew Peterson (Met Office, UK)
Andrea Storto (CMCC, Italy)
Takahiro Toyoda (JMA/MRI, Japan)


The report for the workshop on ocean reanalyses and inter-comparisons can be downloaded from here.


CMEMS GLO MFC Toulouse Organisers

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