OceanPredict is an international science forum supporting the development and advancement of global and regional ocean analysis and forecasting systems. The primary purpose of OceanPredict is to work with international and intergovernmental partners to accelerate the improvement and exploitation of these ocean prediction systems for research, business and societal benefit. OceanPredict works through knowledge exchange and active working groups carrying out joint assessments, developing new capabilities and building new links within the wider operational oceanography community. 
  • Developing a common picture of the future of Ocean Prediction and Operational Oceanography 
  •  Motivating integrated international community projects 
  •  Enhancing end-user awareness of present ocean prediction capacity 
  •  Providing collaborative output for end-user engagement
OceanPredict has initiated the ForeSea programme, endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). ForeSea will improve the science, capacity, efficacy, use, and impact of ocean prediction systems and will contribute to a seamless ocean information value chain, from observations to end users, for economic and societal benefit, making ocean prediction science more impactful and relevant. 

OP'24OceanPredict Symposium 2024 

OceanPredict has partnered with IOC-UNESCO to organize the OceanPredict Symposium 2024 (OP’24) “Advancing Ocean Prediction science for societal benefits” that is specifically designed to strengthen the cooperation and partnerships between diverse communities to address sustainable development, blue economy, and societal awareness. In that way, this event will include sessions centered around ocean predictions with a focus on global, basin-scale, coastal, regional, polar ocean and sea ice predictions, new developments in ocean predictions (measurements / observations, modeling, data assimilation, machine learning / AI, digital twins, etc.), ocean prediction systems and services, and user applications and societal benefits. 

OP’24 invites ocean scientists, sea-ice experts, and oceanic biosphere researchers, 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 ocean prediction. Especially welcome are service providers and representatives from the 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 ocean prediction and operational oceanography; 
  2. identify the growing and changing needs of users and how to enhance service delivery
  3. align the symposium objectives with the goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (UN Ocean Decade, 2021-2030) in collaboration with the Ocean Prediction Decade Collaborative Center, interconnecting with all relevant decade bodies and initiatives. 
OP’24 will advance the ForeSea programme in its effort of international coordination and community building for future ocean prediction capacity. 


  • 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 and polar areas; 
  • Encourage the participation of developing countries and early career scientists. 


  • 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 collaboration on ocean prediction between operational oceanographers around the world. 
  • 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.

Symposium OP'24 FORMAT

The four-day symposium will include plenary, splinter, and poster sessions, as well as round tables with focused discussions. A plenary session for each theme will include inspirational keynote lectures focusing on science topics underpinning UN Ocean Decade activities and providing an overview of the research community’s current focus and vision for the future. Associated splinter sessions will be focusing on the symposium themes and discuss the progress in operational oceanography at the research level. There will also be town hall events on key topics with podium discussions and opportunities for active participation by the audience. Town hall discussions and training sessions, lively poster sessions and social events will enable informal interaction throughout the week. 

The call for abstracts is closed since 17 June 2024.  Thematic breakout session titles will be communicated at a later stage, after the selection of abstracts.  

In partnership with 


The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO) promotes international cooperation in marine sciences to improve management of the ocean, coasts and marine resources. 

The IOC enables its 150 Member States to work together by coordinating programmes in capacity development, ocean observations and services, ocean science and tsunami warning. 

The work of the IOC contributes to the mission of UNESCO to promote the advancement of science and its applications to develop knowledge and capacity, key to economic and social progress, the basis of peace and sustainable development.
IOC-UNESCO website

About the Ocean Decade

Proclaimed in 2017 by the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (‘the Ocean Decade’) seeks to stimulate ocean science and knowledge generation to reverse the decline of the state of the ocean system and catalyse new opportunities for sustainable development of this massive marine ecosystem. The vision of the Ocean Decade is ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. 

The Ocean Decade provides a convening framework for scientists and stakeholders from diverse sectors to develop the scientific knowledge and the partnerships needed to accelerate and harness advances in ocean science to achieve a better understanding of the ocean system, and deliver science-based solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The UN General Assembly mandated UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) to coordinate the preparations and implementation of the Decade.
Ocean Decade website

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