Marine Environmental Monitoring and Predictions (Liège 2004)

Venue: Liège

Location: Liège, Belgium

Event Date/Time: May 03, 2004 End Date/Time: May 07, 2004
Registration Date: May 04, 2004
Early Registration Date: Mar 15, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 30, 2004
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Operational ocean modelling is becoming a standard tool for management of ocean ressources. Observational networks are operating on a routine basis and numerical models are assimilating data for specific purposes. Though used routinely, operational modelling and monitoring still pose a series of open scientific questions that should be addressed in order to improve the products of those operational modelling, monitoring and prediction systems.

The aim of the colloquium is to bring together scientists in order to identify the most critical scientific improvements to be brought to these modelling and monitoring systems for marine environmental predictions. The colloquium will give the operational community an opportunity to express scientific needs and priorities based on experience from years of ocean observations and forecasting. Among the topics which should be covered by the presentations are the following:

-Data related problems:

cost/benefit analyses of observation networks (data impact studies), definition for optimal spatial and temporal coverage, operational quality check of data, optimisation of observational systems, integration of multidisciplinary observations, strategies for data storage and reanalyses, qualitative and quantitative assessments of operational products,

-Modelling and marine data assimilation aspects:

assessments, understanding and correction of biases, model error modeling, intercomparison strategies, specific adaptations for coastal zones vs. open ocean monitoring and modelling systems,

-Data Assimilation aspects:

development of new assimilation techniques and next generation models (e.g. finite volumes, adaptive grids), incorporation of coastal data into open ocean models or global systems, up and downscaling problems, coupling with atmospheric models, ice cover models and incorporation of bio-geochemical modelling into operational models, operational ecosystem modelling.

- Demonstrations of operational or practical products (e.g. pollution management, climate predictions) are also welcome as well as presentations of existing operational systems and their defined needs for scientific development.


Additional Information

VENUE The Colloquium is held as usually at the Liège University on Sart-Tilman. Liège can be reached conveniently by fast train connections from Paris and Köln and by regular train connections with airports in Brussels, Maastricht and Düsseldorf. From Liège, popular day visits allow to see Brussels, Brugge, Namur, Maastricht, Aachen or the natural reserve of "Les Hautes Fagnes". REGISTRATION Registration fee is 300 Euro and includes all documents, a copy of the Proceedings in Journal of Marine Systems published by Elsevier Publ. Co., coffee and bus services, receptions and the Colloquium dinner at the Château de Colonster. An invoice will be send on request. Registration fees are 250 Euro if payement is received before March 15, 2004. Please use our Acrobat registration form. or an alternate html registration form