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Providing Basin-Scale Climate Services – Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation


  • Link to extreme events can only be revealed through statistical methods applied to long time series of observational data
  • Long-term sustainability and collaboration between observing programs making various property and biogeochemical measurements are needed at key locations across the basin from North to South


  • Better link science motivated observing efforts, such as the various overturning arrays (e.g. OSNAP, RAPID, MOVE, SAMOC, etc.), and climate services (C3S) that connect to policy makers and other stakeholders (e.g. WCRP, IPCC)
  • Identify existing observing infrastructures and mapping of opportunities to indicate what could potentially be used by applying climate quality
  • Promote the sharing of infrastructure and ease linkages to models with appropriate spatial & temporal resolution of data

Possible Outcomes

  • Indicate mechanisms and identify management of infrastructures, and technologies that are needed to be successful in providing the information and service products for the Atlantic Ocean addressing the multiple ways climate can impact our life
  • Existing observing efforts that are operated in a sustained mode and with clear commitments by funders for multiple years
  • Sharing, creating and consolidating best practices (e.g. in cooperation with IODE’s Ocean Best Practices System) on observations and standards to ensure interoperable data and ensuring optimal data integration by promoting FAIR principles for enhancing information and service products 

Enhance readiness in observing technology and knowledge transfer.

  • Support ability to use technologies, and facilitate transfer of technology to countries with limited access to these infrastructures.
  • Include all kinds of communities in processes addressing science and societal questions in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Promote independent operation through increased collaborations leading to a faster-evolving, more integrated and effective observing where time, money, and knowledge would be used in an optimized and sustainable way.

Foster availability, discoverability, and usability of Atlantic Ocean data and associated metadata.

  • Promote the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles and fit-for-purpose data.
  • Building partnerships with existing initiatives (e.g. IODE, JCOMM, EMODnet, GEOSS) to adhere internationally-recognized standards and best practices for observations and data management. 

Enhance evaluation and feedback mechanisms.

  • Working on partnerships needs to be establish thematic reviews, user consultations and discussions and agreements between resource providers and the scientific community.

Main contacts: Brad deYoung (MUN, Canada) and Maria Paz Chidichimo (CONICET and Servicio de Hidrografía Naval, Argentina)