Our Future Climate

Understanding the spread of physical risk for the oil and gas industry

This IOGP-JCOMM-WCRP sponsored workshop brought climate science experts and IOGP members together to discuss how climate change could impact the oil and gas industry and what steps industry can take when planning for adaptation to potential changes.

The event was held at BP’s Upstream Learning Centre in Sunbury on Thames on 25-27th September 2018.

The Metocean Committee and its key work areas

Metocean projects

Key work areas

An understanding of Metocean – applied meteorology and oceanography –  is essential for the safe and efficient design, and operation, of offshore installations. It primarily covers the study of wind, wave current and tidal conditions at the location of the installation. However, other parameters, such as air and sea temperature, visibility and ice conditions may also be important, depending on the location and type of operations.

‘Once in a hundred years’ extreme metocean conditions need to be accounted for in the design stage – and estimating extreme values associated with return periods of 100 years and beyond is an area of active research.

For weather sensitive offshore operations, it is the likely metocean conditions during the course of operation that are of interest.

IOGP members promote the development of this vital metocean data, and the tools to leverage it, through the Metocean Committee.

Twice a year, the metocean community of the O&G industry arranges meetings to discuss progress of the various Joint Industry Projects (JIPs), in which it is involved. These have included:

  • Generating hindcast databases of regions such as the South China Sea, West Africa and North Sea
  • Developing new methods
  • Comparing instruments such as wave sensors
  • Basic research such as the definition of distributions for wave crest elevations

Attendance at the individual meetings is restricted to the participating company representatives unless the respective chairman has previously agreed otherwise beforehand.

The IOGP Metocean Committee meeting is generally the last meeting of JIP week and the day usually finishes with a presentation either on a new project initiative, or on a scientific topic of relevance to the industry, or by contractors with new products to demonstrate.

Metocean projects

IOGP’s Metocean projects and collaboration bring the benefits of applied oceanography and meteorology into operations planning, structure design and personnel, assets and operations safety.


Projects delivered

Past Projects

10-4 waves study (GoM; waves, wind)

BOMOSHU Ph1: Brazil Offshore MetOcean Storm Hindcast Update (Brazil; storms, waves, wind)

KARBIAC: Kara and Barents Sea Ice and Currents (Arctic; currents, ice)

LoWiSH: Limits on Waves in Shallow Water (global; waves)

NAMOS Ph1: North Australia Metocean Study (Australia; tropical storms, waves, wind)

NDP: Deepwater Norway (Europe; currents)

NEXT Ph1: North European Storm Study (Europe; waves, wind, currents)

NFAST: Nonlinear Fourier Analysis Spectral Tools (global; waves)

NS1200 Ph2 (Europe; waves, wind, surge)

NUG: NESS Users Group (Europe; data)

NWAG: North West Approaches Group (Europe; currents)

OGP-IPIECA OSR (global; SMV, data)

PAMOS: Pan-Arctic Metocean Study (Arctic; waves, wind, ice)

SEAFINE Ph1: SEAMOS-South Fine Grid Hindcast (Asia; tropical storms, waves, wind)

SIMORC: System of Industry Metocean data for the Offshore and Research Communities (global; data)

SHORTCREST: effect of SHORT-CRESTedness on extreme wave impact (global; waves)

WACUP: Worldwide Approximations of CUrrent Profiles (global; currents)

WAG: West Africa Gusts (Africa; squalls) (Africa; waves, wind, currents)

WANE: West Africa Normal and Extremes

WASP: West Africa Swell Project (Africa; swell)


Projects actively pursued, including 3 IOGP

Active Projects

Australian TC-H: Tropical Cyclones-Hindcast (Australia; tropical storms, waves, wind)

Australian TC-F: Tropical Cyclones-Forecast (Australia; tropical storms, waves, wind)

BOMOS Ph2: Brazil Offshore MetOcean Storm Hindcast (Brazil; storms, waves, wind)

CASE: Climatology and Simulation of Eddies (GoM; currents, eddies)

CASMOS: CAspian Sea MetOcean Study (Asia; waves, wind, surge)

DeepStar (global; advanced technologies)

IOGP AMN: Australia Metocean Network (Australia; collaboration)

IOGP JIP35 (global; Offshore Structures Specifications)

IOGP WAMN: West Africa Metocean Network (Africa; collaboration)

LOADS: Loading and Reliability of Fixed Steel Structures in Extreme Seas (global; waves, currents, loads)


New project proposals discussed, including 1 IOGP

Proposed Projects

ENOW: Extreme and Normal Offshore Wind (global; wind)

EMMET: Equatorial Margin METocean (Brazil; waves)

IOGP CCMN: Climate Change Metocean Network (global, collaboration)

ISEA: Internal Soliton Extreme Analysis (global; solitons)

NAMOS Ph2: North Australia Metocean Study (Australia; tropical storms, waves, wind)

SEAFINE Ph2: SEAMOS-South Fine Grid Hindcast (Asia; tropical storms, waves, wind)

WASCOM: Wave Sensor Evaluation (global; waves, sensors)

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