Key priorities of the OceanPredict Symposium 2024 (OP'24):

The overarching theme of OP’24 will be “Advancing ocean prediction science for societal benefit”. It invites ocean and atmospheric scientists, observation specialists, industry representatives, service providers and users of ocean data & products from across the international operational oceanography community to engage in science sessions, exhibitions and discussions to explore and define the direction of operational oceanography. Especially welcome are representatives from the service providers and end-user community, to exhibit their work and products, and to engage with the science community. Also very much encouraged to attend are early career scientists, students and representatives from emerging economies.

The Symposium will seek to: 
  1. accelerate the evolution of operational oceanography; 
  2. identify the growing and changing needs of users and how to enhance service delivery;
  3.  align the objectives with the goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (UN Ocean Decade, 2021-2030) under the Ocean Prediction Decade Collaborative Center, and make the link with all relevant decade bodies and initiatives. 

OP’24 will advance the ForeSea effort of international coordination and community building for future ocean prediction capacity.
KEY OBJECTIVES ● Review the science of ocean prediction world-wide that contributes in a sustainable manner towards maximum societal benefits; this includes its connection to the other components of the earth system, e.g. the atmosphere, land, cryosphere, continental hydrology, etc.; ● Articulate the needs for and benefits from ocean observations for ocean predictions and societal impact; ● Support the development and maturation of the full-length operational oceanography value chain, from observations to end users, by using best practices and coordinating the integration of existing and new partners (international science initiatives and intergovernmental organizations); ● Discuss how to make ocean prediction science more impactful and relevant by collaborating with socioeconomic experts and stakeholders to quantify the impact and utility of ocean prediction for science and society, especially in coastal areas; ● Encourage the participation of developing countries and early career scientists. EXPECTED OUTCOMES ● Collection of a cohesive list of science-based actions and opportunities that support the relevant Programmes of UN Ocean Decade for Sustainable Development; ● Mechanisms to facilitate the collaboration of meteorological organisations/services and oceanographic institutions in ocean prediction; ● Participation in the Symposium by a broad spectrum of ocean and atmospheric scientists, observation specialists, including from developing countries and early career scientists. ● Enhanced awareness by industry representatives, service providers and intermediate and end users of present capacity and providing a path for improved future engagement in operational oceanography.