A Question-based Approach to the Implementation of Sustained, Systematic Observations for the Global Ocean and Climate, using Sea Level as an Example
The fundamental importance of observations of the Earth is now being recognized by world leaders. Oceanographers have an opportunity, working with their colleagues in the Earth sciences, to implement a sustained, systematic ocean observing system in the context of an Earth observations framework. Using the need for an improved understanding of global sea-level rise as an example, a question-based approach is proposed for ordering and linking elements of the required observing system, as well as defining a schedule of actions needed for the implementation of each. The elements in this example include a combination of satellite altimeters, tide gauges, and profiling floats. Such an approach could provide a clear understanding of specific objectives and the observing system elements required for each, thereby providing a more compelling rationale for implementation that is easier to communicate to the public.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2003-09-01
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