WGOOFE runs a web based portal and
is developing a number of new initiatives to improve the integration of
operational oceanography in ICES Science and Advice.
The group's main output has been the web
portal which has a working matrix of critically evaluated operational
oceanographic products from both the eastern and western North Atlantic. The
evaluations were on the basis of user friendliness and logistic functionality.
The contents and structure of the portal are based on the group’s previous survey
identifying the needs within the ICES community. This work, published in
Oceanography in March 2011, highlighted a mismatch between the end-user
expectations and the provision of operational oceanographic products.
Currently, the group is continuing its
work on the development of a training course on the application of
oceanographic data, the further integration of oceanographic data in ICES
advice, and the development of further index-based products which may be of
interest in the integrated ecosystem assessments framework. WGOOFE continues to
provide a forum where the users and providers of operational oceanographic data
products can interact and work together towards an improved application of
oceanographic data within ICES research and advice.