Technical Framework

OceanPrediction DCC is creating a new technical framework to integrate and improve ocean forecasting systems worldwide, allowing them to deliver as one. This work will be based on innovative architectures that will benefit from the arrival of the Digital Twinning concept and will be developed in close collaboration with related Decade Programmes. 


Towards more robust, integrated, and influential services

A new scenario for Ocean forecasting

Forecasting Systems have proven to be highly valuable, as they contribute to our understanding of the Ocean and provide priceless information for decision-making. However, they face numerous challenges, in standardisation, interoperability, and integration. As a result, building a forecasting service from scratch, without experienced guidance, remains a huge challenge. When successful, it often produces an isolated service, with limited possibilities of integration into a larger framework. 

This situation limits the forecasting services proliferation - especially in less technologically advanced countries, as well as the growth of our Ocean forecasting community and our common shared knowledge.

The OceanPrediction DCC and its associatedÔÇ»Decade programmes are working together to change this scenario. We are doing so by defining common architectures and new Tools, Standards and Best Practices to standardise and improve the way we build the Ocean Forecasting value chain, taking advantage of the concept of digital twinning.

The ocean forecasting value chain


Multiplying the benefit by working together

Advancing towards delivering as one

OceanPrediction DCC has gathered a Team, the so-called Ocean Forecasting Co-design Team to design and promote an Ocean forecasting architecture to deliver as one, taking benefit from the digital twinning concept, which will permit a simpler, modular, and more robust development of the systems in the future. 

This team is formed by worldwide specialists whose collective expertise covers the whole value chain.  

The Ocean Forecasting Co-Design Team


Integrating the contributions

Compilation Team

Enrique Alvarez Fanjul
Role in OFCT | Mercator Ocean International
Stefania Ciliberti
Senior Scientist | Nologin Oceanic Weather Systems
Jay Pearlman
Professor at the University of Colorado
Kirsten Wilmer-Becker
GODAE OceanView Programme Office coordinator | Met Office

Designing the future of Ocean Forecasting

Ocean Forecasting Co-Design Team experts & Regional experts

Fabrice Ardhuin
Research scientist | Lab. of Ocean Physics and satellite remote Sensing (LOPS)
Alain Arnaud
Head of Digital Ocean Department | Mercator Ocean International
Mike Bell
Head Ocean Forecasting R&D | Met Office
Segolene Berthou
Met Office
Laurent Bertino
Researcher Director | Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Eric Chassignet
Director | Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies
Mauro Cirano
Associate Professor | Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Emanuela Clementi
Scientist | CMCC The Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change
Loreta Cornacchia
Researcher | Deltares
Stuart Corney
Senior Lecturer / Associate Head of Learning and Teaching | Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at University of Tasmania
Gianpiero Cossarini
Researcher | National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS
Fraser Davidson
Research Scientist | Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Erik van Doorn
Research Associate | Walther Sch├╝cking Institute for International Law
Yann Drillet
Head of Operational Oceanography Department | Mercator Ocean International
Katja Fennel
Professor, Department Head, Department of Oceanography | Dalhousie University
Marcos Garcia Sotillo
Technical Director | NOW (Nologin Ocean Weather systems), Nologin
Patrick Heimbach
Professor | The University of Texas at Austin
Fabrice Hernandez | Mercator Ocean International
Senior scientist
Patrick Hogan
Oceanographer | NOAA
Ibrahim Hoteit
Professor of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science | King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Sudheer Joseph
Scientist | Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services
Pierre-Yves Le Traon
Scientific director | Mercator Ocean International
Wan Liying
Senior Researcher | National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center
Simone Libralato
Senior Scientist | OGS
Pascal Matte
Research Scientist | Environment Canada
Marco Mancini
Researcher Engineer | CNRS
Matt Martin
Science Manager | Met Office
Angelique Melet
Head of Scientific Evolution of the Copernicus Marine Service | Mercator Ocean International
Yasumasa Miyazawa
Reseacher | Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Andrew Moore
Professor Ocean Sciences | University of California
Antonio Novellino
Researcher | ETT SpA
Fearghal O'Donncha
Research Scientist | IBM
Andrew Porter
Computational Scientist | Science and Technology Facilities Council
Fangli Qiao
Professor, Deputy Director General | First Institute of Oceanography, Minsitry of Natural Resources
Heather Regan
Researcher | Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Laia Romero
Director | Lobelia Earth
Ghada El Serafy
Specialist in Data Science and a Coastal Expert | Deltares
Andreas Schiller
Former Science and Deputy Director | CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
John Siddorn
Associate Director, Digital Ocean | National Oceanography Centre
Joanna Staneva
Head of Department | Helmholtz-Zentrum hereon GmbH
Jennifer Veitch
Numerical Modeller | South African Environmental Observation Network
Karina Von Schuckmann
Oceanographer Specialized in Ocean Climate Monitoring | Mercator Ocean International
Marina Tonani
Monitor and Forecasting Systems Architect | Mercator Ocean International
John Wilkin
Professor | The State University of New Jersey
Romane Zufic
Capacity Development Officer | Mercator Ocean International