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2019 Australian Forum for Operational Oceanography

Pullman Albert Park Melbourne

FOO 2019 | 15 – 16 October 2019

Thank you for attending the 3rd Australian Forum for Operational Oceanography

The third Forum for Operational Oceanography was held on the 15-16 October 2019, at the Pullman Albert Park Melbourne. The forum was held over two full days, starting at 9 am and finishing 5 pm each day.

The program had two major themes, with the following topic areas:

  1. Opportunities for operational oceanography to drive the development of Australian marine industries
    • Next generation ocean remote sensing
    • In situ ocean observing, especially near real time
    • Ocean modelling and forecasting
    • Big ocean data
    • Marine renewable energy
  2. Risks to Australian marine industries and the role of operational oceanography in helping to manage them
    • Climate risks
    • Operational uncertainties (e.g. swell, wind waves, internal waves, surface currents)

The program consisted of a mix of invited speakers and talks selected through an open call for abstracts addressing the themes/topics.


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  • Forum Opening
  • Forum Sessions
  • Forum Dinner – 1800 – 2100


  • Forum Sessions
  • Forum Close


Professor David Karoly, CSIRO

A national perspective on management of climate risks to Australia’s blue economy 

David Karoly is Leader of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub. He is an internationally recognised expert on climate change and climate variability.

The NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub is committed to building world-leading climate and Earth systems science capability and using our understanding of Australia’s past, present and future climate to supply useful and accessible climate information for Australia.

In this keynote, Professor Karoly will focus on the information required to manage climate risk in Australia’s valuable marine industries, collectively referred to as the blue economy.


Dr John Siddorn, UK Met Office

The UK ocean prediction community, current status and future directions

John Siddorn is Head of the Ocean Forecasting Research and Development (OFRD) group at the UK Met Office. He is also co-chair of the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction (NPOP), which has much in common with Australia’s Forum for Operational Oceanography (FOO).

In his keynote, Dr Siddorn will give an overview of ocean prediction in the UK, and highlight developments in coupled short-range prediction, eddy resolving forecasting systems, and data assimilation and use of observations.



Dr Jim Stear, Chevron

Application of oceanography and meteorology to improve design and operation of offshore and onshore structures – what next?

Jim Stear is a Senior Metocean Specialist at Chevron, and Chair of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) Metocean Committee.

In his keynote, Dr Stear will talk about the application of oceanography and meteorology to improve design and operation of offshore and onshore structures. His talk will be in the session “Risks to Australian marine industried ans the role of operational oceanography in helping to manage them”. It will focus on operational uncertainties (e.g. swell, wind waves, internal waves, surface currents).

A/Professor Irene Penesis, University of Tasmania

The Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)

Irene Penesis is Research Director for the Blue Economy CRC.

Announced in Launceston on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 by Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews, the Blue Economy CRC aims to drive an evolution in marine-based industries, unlocking enormous economic, environmental and technological benefits. This $329 million research project is a 10-year collaboration between 45 national and international partners from industry, research and government, underpinned by a $70 million cash investment from the Federal Government. The Blue Economy CRC imagines a future where integrated seafood and renewable energy production systems operate offshore and where the community and industry have confidence they are safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible.

The future envisioned by the Blue Economy CRC will need high quality operational oceanography if it is to be realised, and this keynote provides and exciting focal point for the “opportunities” session at FOO 2019.



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