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Marine Technical Conference


The Marine Technical Conference will be web-streamed. To follow, please click here.


29 September

As a result of the high risk of eruption of Agung volcano in Bali, it has been decided that the Marine Technical Conference (TECO), JCOMM-5 and all associated WMO meetings be relocated to WMO Headquarters, in Geneva (Switzerland).

Dates remain the same in the period from 23 to 29 October. The Secretariat is taking measures to fast-track visa support and other formalities. Information will be sent directly to all registered participants shortly.

27 September

According to the Indonesian authorities, the high risk of eruption during the coming days/weeks still remains. Consequently, we are exploring the possibility of holding the meetings in Jakarta, during the same dates. We will keep you informed and updated on further urgent action regarding this issue

25 September

WMO is monitoring the risk and possible actions to be taken associated with the increased seismic activity related to the Agung volcano in close consultation with the Volcanic Advisory Centre in Darwin, Australia, as well as with BMKG and BoM.

The current advisory indicates a high probability of an eruption in the following days or weeks.

We will keep you informed on a regular basis of any changes in current arrangements as the situation unfolds. Please note that at this stage, there are no changes to the planned meetings related to CAS and JCOMM in the second half of October in Denpasar.

However, you are advised to check the terms and conditions of your flight tickets purchased outside the WMO system and travel insurance in the event of flight suspensions or cancellations.



N. Pinardi and J. Stander, JCOMM Co-Presidents


Scientific and Technological Committee

D. Legler, NOAA, USA

J. Turton, MetOffice, UK

S. Belov, Roshydromet, Russia

P. Bahurel, Mercator Ocean, France

N. Ashton, Met Office, UK

H. Tangen, Norwegian Met. Inst., Norway

N. Florida Riama, Marine Met Center, Indonesia




This conference is organized to provide an overview of the advances in marine meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) observing systems, data management and services developed and continued during the JCOMM 5 intersessional period. The aim is to properly interface the JCOMM management and expert groups with the IOC-WMO Member activities and have them interact with a large community of stakeholders worldwide, gathered at the JCOMM-5 Session.


The program will consider only plenary sessions with some key-note speakers introducing the session’s science and technology issues. In parallel, a poster session will be organized that will remain open for discussion at breaks during the JCOMM-5 Session.


The conference will conclude with recommendations and a document to be submitted with input to the JCOMM-5 session that will follow.

Please see here the programme of the Conference and the co-presidents' paper on The JCOMM 10-year Vision.



Please note that the oral and poster abstract submission has been extended. It opened on 18 June and will end on 14 August, 2017. Do not forget to also register for the conference.

Abstract acceptance will be communicated after 31 August, 2017. The abstracts are availale here.



Registration for the Conference has now closed. For questions about the Conference, please contact the WMO Marine Meteorology and Ocean Affairs Division at


The multi-disciplinary, global and regional metocean observing systems in support of WMO and IOC Applications and Services

Short description

This session is meant to show the present day implementations of met-ocean observing systems at regional and global scales with particular attention to multidisciplinary and sustainability matters in support of WMO and IOC applications and services. Assessment of monitoring system adequacy should also be included. Additionally, longer term visions regarding global metocean and coastal observing systems addressing multi-disciplinary requirements and emerging monitoring systems are encouraged.  



Metocean data management strategy to better address the needs of WMO and IOC Applications and Services

Short description

This session is intended for presentation and discussion of the JCOMM data management Strategy which is meant to better address the needs of WMO and IOC applications and services in the foreseeable future. It will focus on using infrastructure such as the WMO Information system in the fast-developing information technology era (e.g. emerging data issues), and improving metocean data sharing, accessibility, integration and exchange in real time and delayed mode. The Strategy will involve enhancing collaborations between National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) with the oceanographic institutes and other research institutions in this regard, and developing partnerships with third parties.


Metocean predictions, uncertainties, and gaps

Short description

This session is meant to present advances in storm surge, wave and ocean forecasting systems in place together with the associated uncertainties and accuracy estimates. Contributions addressing coupled ocean-atmosphere forecasting capabilities (El Niño) and services are included. Papers documenting data assimilation of in situ and satellite observations impacting the quality of the forecasts are solicited, together with observing system experiments and novel modeling approaches to resolve the coastal scales.  


Roundtable Discussion (Panel)

Summary and take-away messages from Day 1 (sessions 1-3).  This roundtable will develop recommendations from TECO summarising the discussions and making clear recommendations to JCOMM 5 for consideration.


Integrated Meteo-hydro-marine-ocean services and methodological and implementation aspects of met-ocean state assessments

Short description

Integrated observing and modelling systems are developed to serve as a knowledge and operational basis for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Multi-Hazard early warning systems. Presentations on observational needs, modelling challenges and experiences are solicited, as well as decision support systems stemming out of observing and modelling systems. This session also addresses the question of methodological and implementation aspects of met-ocean state assessments, including the regular process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment from both WMO and IOC. Presentations on CIFDP are especially encouraged.


Indonesian Region metocean services on safety and socio-economic benefits with focus on improvement of prediction accuracy

Short description
This session should focus on the Indonesian region including Socio-economic Aspects, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Marine Spatial Planning and WMO

    • Maritime Continent;

    • Ocean and Atmosphere Interaction for Equatorial Modelling;

    • ITF within the context of Climate Extreme Prediction and Climate Change;

    • Regulatory Aspect.




Roundtable Discussion (Panel)

Summary and take-away messages from Day 2 (sessions 4-5).

This roundtable will develop recommendations from TECO summarising the discussions and making clear recommendations to JCOMM 5 for consideration.


Roundtable (panel of session conveners - covers all sessions)

This roundtable discussion will discuss the medium and long term strategy for Marine Products and Services. Specific discussion items include future metocean end-to-end services and global infrastructure for obs, data management and forecasting. The output from this should be a white paper to present at JCOMM-5 with a summary of this TECO and a discussion of the future of JCOMM.

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