The vision of AtlantOS is to improve and innovate Atlantic observing by using the Framework of Ocean Observing to obtain an international, more sustainable, more efficient, more integrated, and fit-for-purpose system contributing to the Trans-Atlantic Research Alliance, the GEO (Group on Earth Observations) global initiative Blue Planet, and GOOS (Global Ocean Observing Systems). Hence, the AtlantOS initiative will have a long-lasting and sustainable contribution to the societal, economic and scientific benefit arising from this integrated approach. This will be achieved by improving the value for money, extent, completeness, quality and ease of access to Atlantic Ocean data required by industries, product supplying agencies, scientist and citizens.

Integration of ocean observing activities across all disciplines for the Atlantic

It is important to extend the scope of the existing ocean physics Atlantic observing networks to more fully include ocean biogeochemistry, biology, and to integrate efforts across these scientific disciplines.

International cooperation

All AtlantOS work packages will strengthen the trans-Atlantic collaboration, through close interaction with partner institutions from Canada, United States, and the South Atlantic region. – Further supporters and members are welcome

Engaging stakeholder around the Atlantic

AtlantOS will develop a results-oriented dialogue with key stakeholder communities to enable a meaningful exchange between the products and services that an Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System can deliver and the demands and needs of the stakeholder communities.

Competitiveness of industries, and SMEs of the marine sector

The developments envisaged in AtlantOS will provide improved sensors, data and modelling products and directly increase the competitiveness of industry and particularly SMEs within the marine industrial sector.

Fit-for-purpose Atlantic Ocean Observing System

AtlantOS will advance the network performance with respect to the quantity, quality and diversity of data that will be shared and delivered in a timely fashion to develop fitness for purpose.

Strengthening the contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)

A major component of the Group on Earth Observations’ (GEO), its Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), and specifically on the emerging “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” initiative

AtlantOS Partners & Members

The AtlantOS project is made up of 62 partners across 18 countries and a number of members around the globe with an interest in Atlantic observation systems.

Project Partners
Project partners directly engaged in the AltantOS project in receipt of funds.
Project Members
Project members that, although not funded directly by the project, have an interest in collaborating with the project.

Upcoming Events

PLOCAN, Gran Canaria, Spain
Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

AtlantOS joint workshop on strategies, methods and new technologies for a sustained and integrated autonomous in-situ observing system for the Atlantic Ocean, supported by the AORA-CSA

The agenda details and registration are available at:

St. Petersburg
Wednesday, 9th November 2016

GEO XIII Plenary, St. Petersburg

The GEO XIII Plenary will take place on 9 & 10 Nov 2016 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Contact information:
San Francisco, USA
Monday, 12th December 2016

AGU Fall Meeting

See you in San Francisco, 12-16 December 2016, for the next AGU Fall Meeting! Session proposals open mid-February.

For more information:

Latest News

Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel) presents the EU H2020 Project AtlantOS ‘Optimizing and Enhancing the integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System’ at the 3rd Conference on Research Infrastructures in Cape Town
Thursday, 6th October 2016

Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel) presents the EU H2020 Project AtlantOS ‘Optimizing and Enhancing the integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System’ at the 3rd Conference on Research Infrastructures in Cape Town, South Africa, 3-5 October 2016. The conference aims to i) highlight the essential role of global research infrastructures in addressing grand challenges and as hubs for innovation, ii) reflecting on needs, development and sustainability of global/regional research infrastructures, iii) discussing the possibility to move towards an international roadmap.

On Monday 3 October 2016 during the 20th anniversary celebration of the science and technology agreement between South Africa and the EU both parties signed a declaration to cooperate in marine research and innovation.

Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany and coordinator of the EU H2020 project AtlantOS) and Sigi Gruber (head of the Marine Resources Unit, DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission) at the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany and coordinator of the EU H2020 project AtlantOS) and Sigi Gruber (head of the Marine Resources Unit, DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission) at the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) in Cape Town, South Africa.


New job – Postdoctoral Scientist at MPI-M (W027)
Thursday, 21st July 2016

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned center for climate research located in Hamburg, Germany. The MPI-M provides a vibrant international and interdisciplinary environment for conducting scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities. The institute is located in the heart of one of Europe’s most livable cities, and is embedded in an environment known worldwide for its breadth of climate research.

The project PalMod is a project between MPI-M and several other German research institutes and universities, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF), to understand climate system dynamics and variability during the last glacial cycle. Within the research group Ocean Biogeochemistry in the department The Ocean in the Earth System of the MPI-M and as part of the project PalMod, we are looking for a Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f, Ref. MPIM-W027) in the area of ocean biogeochemical modeling. The work will focus on understanding how marine biogeochemical processes controlled the ocean carbon sink and thereby the atmospheric CO2 during the last deglaciation. The successful applicant will work on adjusting the global biogeochemistry model HAMOCC for the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). She/he will perform transient model simulations with HAMOCC in the framework of the Max Planck Institute’s Earth System Model (MPI-ESM) starting in the LGM to the present. This research will make a major contribution to the MPI-M’s ongoing model development efforts aimed at improved representation of carbon and nutrient sequestration in the ocean. It is also essential for the PalMod’s activities focusing on the role and mechanisms of the feedbacks between the carbon cycle and climate during glacial times.


  • Refine existing model components and incorporate new ones into the ocean biogeochemistry model HAMOCC for the LGM conditions.
  • Develop and perform simulations with HAMOCC in the framework of the MPI-ESM.
  • Contribute to project coordination.
  • Disseminate the results through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at conferences.

Qualifications / Experience

  • A PhD in oceanography, geoscience, environmental sciences, or a related field is required for this position.
  • Compelling understanding of ocean biogeochemical dynamics, in particular regarding its role in Earth’s climate.
  • Experience with ocean carbon cycle models, skill in model development.
  • Strong programming skills in Fortran, post-processing and visualization software (e.g., NCL, CDO), as well as experience in handling large data sets.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills and an ability to effectively communicate results of scientific research to project members and international colleagues.

Employment conditions

  • The position is offered until 31 August 2019, with a starting date between October 2016 and January 2017.
  • Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions (TVoeD E14), including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration, follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.
  • The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology seeks to increase the number of female scientist and encourages them to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Selection criteria
Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined for this project.

How to submit your application for this post
Please submit:

  1. A cover letter
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae
  3. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two referees by uploading the documents in our online application system:

Deadline for applying
This vacancy has been opened 15 July 2016. A first cut-off date for the collection of the applications is foreseen on 5 September 2016. If the position is not filled, this vacancy announcement will be re-published indicating a second cut-off date.

Further information on this position
For further information, please contact Dr. Tatiana Ilyina at tatiana.ilyina(at)
Do not forward your application to this email address, the applications need to be submitted through the online application system (see link above).

Physical Oceanographer Position – Ocean and Climate team at LOPS (Brest, France)
Thursday, 21st July 2016

We seek a Physical Oceanographer to join the Ocean and Climate team at LOPS (Brest, France) on the European AtlantOS project. The goal is to investigate, using in situ data, the impact of the interannual to decadal variability of the subpolar gyre of the North-Atlantic Ocean on the formation and export of the water masses of the lower limb of the MOC.

Location : Ocean in the climate system team, Laboratoire d’Océanographie Physique et Spatiale (LOPS,UMR6523 CNRS/IFREMER/IRD/UBO), Brest, France

Starting date and duration : 1st of November 2016, 18 months

Scientific advisors:
Virginie Thierry,
Herlé Mercier,

How to apply : Application (a cover letter precising the skills of the candidate with regard to this post-doc position ; a CV including a summary of the past activity, the date of the PhD defense, a list of publications and communications ; 2 recommendation letters) and/or informal enquiries should be directed to V. Thierry (

Closing date: 9th of September 2016

Abstract: The ocean contibutes at moderating the climate change by absorbing a significant portion of the carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by human activity and the excess of heat due to the enhanced greenhouse effect. Observations show a warming of the surface and deep layers of the ocean, and climate projections suggest that these trends will strengthen in the future. These changes in oceanic stratification modify the processes involved in the water masses ventilation that allow the penetration of climate signals in the ocean interior. The subpolar gyre of the North Atlantic is a privileged region for water mass transformation and greatly contributes to the formation of dense water and ventilation of the ocean interior. However, it is characterized by a quasi-decadal variability of both the circulation and water mass properties. To better analyze multidecadal trends, it is necessary to better quantify variability at higher frequencies and to better understand their origin. In this context, the overall objective of this post-doctoral work is to diagnose and understand the variability of the deep waters in the subpolar gyre over the period 1990-2016. The first objective is to document and understand the difference between the cold period observed in the early 1990s and the warm period observed in the 2000s, and the transition to a new cold period observed since the early 2010s. The second objective is to document the pathways of the anomalies formed locally and their impact on large-scale anomalies in the North Atlantic. This work will be based on the analysis of in situ data available in the North Atlantic, and particularly of Argo data, including oxygen data acquired by some floats as well as deep data (>2000m) acquired by Deep-Argo floats.This work will contribute at determining a deployment strategy for deep-Argo floats and Argo floats with oxygen sensor for the establishment of the deep-Argo and Argo-O2 arrays. It is a contribution the the AtlantOS (H2020) and NAOS (Equipex) projects.

Keywords : Atlantic Ocean, subpolar gyre, intermediate and deep water masses, oceanic ventilation, oxygen, Argo, Argo-O2, Deep-Argo

Required knowledge and skills :
A Ph.D. in physical oceanography or in geophysical fluid dynamics and skills in data analysis (Argo, hydrography, oxygen) are required. English fluent, knowledge in french
Programming experience in Matlab (preferred) or equivalent
Good writing skills
Knowledge in biogeochemistry is preferred
The candidate has to be less than 35 years old on December 31st, 2015

Postdoc LOPS Deep Water Masses North Atlantic (109.3 KiB)

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633211