This report describes the principles which should govern the Ocean Observing System Development Programme (OOSDP) for the purposes of the three streams of the World Climate Research Programme, and discusses issues requiring action in the near future. Because of present limited understanding and experience, both the objectives and the implementation must evolve, building systematically the basis for more effective future designs. At the same time, this approach should support the major research experiments within the WCRP, and, in a few instances, establish a baseline for determining long-term changes. The reports is confined to those observational activities which might be described as monitoring or quasioperational, and excludes all measurements which would normally require a research vessel. Chemistry and biology are also not discussed.
Collection(s) and Series: Technical Series- No. 27
Language(s): English; Other Languages: French, Russian, Spanish
Format: Digital (Free)