European Strategy for Atlantic Ocean Observing

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At the 3rd General Assembly in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria in November 2017 the AtlantOS community discussed ‘How can and will Europe contribute to an integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System?’. Since the kick-off of AtlantOS in 2015, different initiatives have developed to strengthen regional coordination. These include the international BluePrint for Atlantic Ocean Observing, an international basin-scale initiative and the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) which focuses on Europe’s capability in ocean observation worldwide. To align these two initiatives and further strengthen European input, the AtlantOS community decided to initiate a process of drafting an European Strategy for Atlantic Ocean Observing – a forward-looking document that defines a vision for 2020 and 2030. The strategy could serve as a European perspective to the BluePrint and as a basin-scale (Atlantic Ocean) contribution to EOOS. Regional examples will demonstrate current European capabilities as well as the potential of ocean observing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Participants of the ‘A European Strategy for an Atlantic Ocean Observing System’ workshop (Credit: Dina Eparkhina).

Participants of the ‘A European Strategy for an Atlantic Ocean Observing System’ workshop (Credit: Dina Eparkhina).

A workshop with 25 ocean observing experts took place in Brussels from 4 to 5 June 2018.
During the workshop, three main subjects were discussed:

  • Requirements setting to meet the user needs / Ocean Observation Networks
  • Data Infrastructure and New Technologies
  • Capacity Building / Resource Mobilization

Throughout the workshop, participants were also encouraged to consider existing and new, innovative, partnerships and coordination activities that could help achieve progress in these areas and drive greater sustainability in the future Atlantic Ocean Observing System.

By early September, a first draft will be ready and circulated within the workshop group and later on within the wider AtlantOS community. The goal is to publish a final version by late December 2018. Interested people can contact the AtlantOS project office (atlantos@geomar.de) for further information.