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International workshop on IOGOOS/JCOMM western Indian Ocean XBT training programme
The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, India is hosting an international workshop on IOGOOS/JCOMM Western Indian Ocean Expendable Bathythermograph (XBT) Training during 5-7 October 2005 at Hotel Mariott, Miramar, Goa. The UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) has funded this event. Dr. V.S.N. Murty, scientist NIO is the Chairman of the workshop. Dr. Sidney Thurston, NOAA, US, Dr. Gary Meyers, Chair, CLIVAR/GOOS Indian Ocean Panel, Australia and Dr. Steve Cook, Chair, SOOPIP, NOAA, US will inaugurate the workshop. The NIO has been in close coordination with the regional Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (IOGOOS), the WMO/IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology’s (JCOMM) Ship of Opportunity Implementation Panel (SOOPIP), the CLIVAR/GOOS Indian Ocean Panel and IOC Perth Regional Office. NIO has a decade long experience in the XBT temperature measurements onboard merchant vessels along various shipping routes in the Indian Ocean, and has all the logistic support to be the venue for this workshop. Official representatives of the Shipping Corporation of India (Mumbai and Chennai), the Departments of Customs and Central Excise, Goa will provide the necessary shipping and custom procedures required for XBT measurements onboard merchant vessels. The participants in this workshop are Operational Managers and Technical Support staff from regional (Indian Ocean) Expendable Bathythermograph (XBT) programmes, shipping agents, scientists, custom officials and research students. They will be trained in logistical and implementation topics such as receiving XBT shipments, facilitating their clearance through customs, delivering the shipment to the appropriate in-country agency and then coordinating with port authorities, installing equipment on ships, XBT deployment, Shipborne Environmental (data) Acquisition System (SEAS) training and other operations and logistics related to XBT operations. It is expected that this workshop will significantly enhance in-situ ocean observations in the sparsely sampled Western Indian Ocean, provide complementary data to that currently being provided by ARGO floats and other existing and planned in-situ networks, fill an existing gap for the “Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)” - a ten-year implementation plan, and build the desperately needed regional capacity to ensure that these XBT operations are sustained in the Western Indian Ocean. A total of 60 participants including 15 foreign nationals are attending the workshop. On 6 October, Dr. Gary Meyers will speak on "The years of El Nino, La Nina and interactions with the tropical Indian Ocean” at NIO Cardium from 1600 to 1700 hrs.
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