first_imgThe Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) provides regular and systematic reference information on the physical and biogeochemical ocean and sea-ice state for the global ocean and the European regional seas. CMEMS serves a wide range of users (more than 15,000 users are now registered to the service) and applications. Observations are a fundamental pillar of the CMEMS value-added chain that goes from observation to information and users. Observations are used by CMEMS Thematic Assembly Centres (TACs) to derive high-level data products and by CMEMS Monitoring and Forecasting Centres (MFCs) to validate and constrain their global and regional ocean analysis and forecasting systems. This paper presents an overview of CMEMS, its evolution, and how the value of in situ and satellite observations is increased through the generation of high-level products ready to be used by downstream applications and services. The complementary nature of satellite and in situ observations is highlighted. Long-term perspectives for the development of CMEMS are described and implications for the evolution of the in situ and satellite observing systems are outlined. Results from Observing System Evaluations (OSEs) and Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) illustrate the high dependencies of CMEMS systems on observations. Finally future CMEMS requirements for both satellite and in situ observations are detailed.last_img read more

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Maritime Industry news November 25, 2011 South Africa: Sekunjalo Signs Five-Year Maritime Contract A consortium led by Sekunjalo Investments has been awarded a five-year contract worth an estimated R1bn by the department of agriculture, forestry and fsheries.The deal is expected to accelerate broad-based participation in Cape Town’s maritime industry.Under the deal the consortium, which includes Sekunjalo Industrial Holdings (a subsidiary of Sekunjalo) and ship-building company KND, will conduct technical maintenance, infrastructure and personnel support to eight state-owned research and patrol vessels including the Algoa, the Ellen Khuzwayo and the Sarah Baartman for a five-year period.Sekunjalo CEO Khalid Abdulla said the contract is a significant business deal for Sekunjalo and will create value for the group’s current business operations.In addition, Sekunjalo’s chairperson Dr Iqbal Surve said: “The deal will accelerate much-needed enterprise development and skills transfer in technical areas of the maritime industry, where barriers to entry have previously been high. Our goal is to provide as many job opportunities through this deal as possible.”Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson said the contract is the first of its kind awarded to a black-owned company; black-owned firms have traditionally shied away from technical areas of South Africa’s maritime sector.“I am confident that Sekunjalo Industrial Holdings has the requisite skills and capabilities to fulfil this contract, based on its fleet management experience and its experience in managing maintenance projects on international vessels.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 25, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today South Africa: Sekunjalo Signs Five-Year Maritime Contract View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Sekunjalo View post tag: Five-year View post tag: Naval View post tag: contract View post tag: Signs Share this articlelast_img read more