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Application of high-resolution hydrodynamic prediction systems for forecasting of ocean conditions in Canadian ports and approaches

National Peer Review – National Capital Region

March 14-16 and 21-23, 2023
Virtual Meeting

Chairperson: David Greenberg


The “improving drift prediction and near-shore modelling” sub-initiative of the Ocean Protection Plan (OPP) aims to enhance Government of Canada ocean modelling activities. Under this sub-initiative the Ocean and Climate Change Science Program (OCCSP) has developed six high-resolution Port Ocean Prediction Systems (POPS) intended for forecasting currents, water levels and water properties for specified ports and approaches on Canada’s East and West coasts:

Each POPS includes a domain-specific hydrodynamic ocean model and the related system used to run the model in forecasting mode and to connect and sequence automated data inputs and dependencies.

POPS outputs are designed to support delivery of operational services:

For CHS and ECCC to consider use of the POPS and their outputs, OCCSP is seeking peer-reviewed advice through the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) on scientific validity, stability and robustness within environmental conditions encountered during the period of testing, and fitness for purpose of the POPS for the proposed client applications.


The objective of the CSAS meeting is to review the six high-resolution POPS, their ability to represent real-world physical ocean conditions and variability, their stability and robustness under environmental conditions encountered during the period of testing, and appropriateness of the outputs for their intended uses.

To achieve these objectives the peer review meeting will:

Expected Publications

Expected Participation


Participation to CSAS peer review meetings is by invitation only.

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