OSD Mini-workshop series


The SOOS Observing System Design (OSD) Capability Working Group  launched a series of online mini-workshops. The mini-workshops will be held monthly leading up to the SOOS Symposium in August 2023.

These short workshops will feature short scene-setting talks and plenary discussions open to all attendees, as well as informal chat sessions hosted by the OSD leadership team. 
Register in advance, to see the suggested pre-reads, and check out some potential discussion questions.


Next Mini-Workshop

 "Environmental Sensor Placement with Convolutional Gaussian Neural Processes" 

With a scene-setting talk by Tom Andersson

29th March 2023 at 9:00 PDT

Register here...

The picture depicts how placement value (based on the ConvGNP) can be traded-off with cost (from Andersson, et. al. 2022). Click to enlarge.

Discussion points:

  • What are the similarities and differences between machine learning (ML) sensor placement approaches and process-based observing system planning approaches?

  • What are the benefits of the ConvGNP over previous machine learning models? 

  • How could the ConvGNP be applied to ocean variables and benefit the SOOS community?

  • How could a ConvGNP sensor placement approach be joined up with other observing system planning procedures? What might this look like in practice for SOOS?  

Suggested pre-read: 

  • Andersson, Tom R., et al. (2022) "Active Learning with Convolutional Gaussian Neural Processes for Environmental Sensor Placement." arXiv preprint arXiv:2211.10381.

  • Hakim, G. J., K. A., et al. (2020): "Optimal Network Design Applied to Monitoring and Forecasting Surface Temperature in Antarctica". Mon. Wea. Rev., 148, 857–873, https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-19-0103.1.


Future Mini-Workshops

Please contact Dani Jones if you are interested in giving a presentation.

Workshop times and speakers will be publicized on the SOOS webpage and social media platforms.


Upcoming Mini-Workshops (preliminary)

Maria Fox: "Automated route planning for autosubs, gliders, and ships" in June/July

Past Mini-Workshops

Theme "Adjoint models, uncertainty quantification, and observing system design"

With a scene-setting talk by Nora Loose

12th January 2023 at 2 pm EST

Watch the recording here...

"Towards an integrated and complimentary ocean observing system" 

With a scene-setting talk by Clive McMahon

21st February 2023 at 10:00 PST

Watch the recording here...