The CSOA co-ordinates the prospective in the Ocean-Atmosphere field in liaison with section 19 of the CoNRS, the SCOA section of the CNAP and the scientific boards of national programmes in the field.
The CSOA proposes national observation services to the INSU management, along with instrumented sites, community numeric codes, and national instruments to label or unlabel in the OA domain, and ensures the monitoring and assessment of these services.
La CSOA statutes on additional credit appropriations, the upgrading and commitments of the organizations relative to equipment, or new/specific actions that are either not covered by national programmes or not co-ordinated by other bodies.
In session, or by the intermediary of its president, the CSOA manages all matters submitted to it by the INSU management or the scientific management of a partner organization.
The CSOA is approached for the assessment and monitoring of national programmes linked to the OA field, and it accompanies the thought processes of the OA scientific deputy management where files can profit from its expertise.
The CSOA is composed of members nominated for five years by the INSU and of permanent invited members who represent essentially the main partner organizations (CEA, CNES, Ifremer, IRD, Météo-France, and SHOM), the MESRI, MTES, national programmes (LEFE, PNTS and Ballon call), and the INSU management.
The CSOA usually meets twice a year, in plenary sessions lasting two days (spring and autumn), or more often if the workload and the agenda justify this.