Ocean Observing showcases at #EGW2018


EuroGEOSS workshop 2018, 12 – 14 September 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

The H2020 project AtlantOS and the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) conducted a break-out session on Monitoring for FAIR data principles – how could European expertise foster the implementation of SDG 14 objectives? (13 September 2018).
The breakout session discussed how ocean observing experts can link their knowledge, data, and best practices with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly with the SDG 14 targets and indicators. With support from UN Environment, an international team of semantic technology experts has developed a FAIR-compliant knowledge representation resource (an ontology) for the SDG process. Ontologies express, integrate, harmonise, and expose human knowledge on the web, allowing computers a means to ‘understand’ what in situ and remote data and information holdings are about. Furthermore, the session discussed how the European initiatives and projects as well as GEO link with the SDG targets and how the work carried out is implementing ethics in marine research and data management.


Anja Reitz, GEOMAR, Germany (Intro)
Pier Luigi Buttigieg, AWI, Germany – Best Practices in Ocean Observing
Gilberto Camâra, GEO Secretariat, Switzerland – GEOs perspective to the 2030 agenda
Glenn Nolan, EuroGOOS, Belgium – EuroGOOS contribution to data needs
Stein Sandven, NERSC, Norway – INTAROS contribution to observation and data sharing
Michele Barbier, Institute for Science and Ethics, France – Ethics in Ocean Observing
Dina Eparkhina, EuroGOOS, Belgium – Briefing on UN Ocean Decade (preparation)
Ghada El Serafy, Deltares, The Netherlands (Panel moderation)

Conclusions and recommendations to EuroGEOSS:

  • Recognize achieving SDGs requires sustained and comprehensive Earth observation systems incl. both in situ and remote sensing systems
  • Policy users will use the EO-generated knowledge only if it considers multidisciplinary stakeholder perspectives
  • User-centric approach is welcome
  • Promote multidisciplinary methodologies
  • Help integrate open data, promote standards and interoperability
  • Help transparency, communication and common terminology
  • Leverage best practices
  • Apply ethics values in data acquisition and management
  • Help ensuring SDG interface ontology and FAIR principles are shaped and applied to European data systems
  • Help make the connection between European policies and larger initiatives including the essential climate and ocean variables and the SDGs

Furthermore, AtlantOS organised a hands-on session on AtlantOS applications (13 September 2018). The hands-on session illustrated how ocean observing applications produced within the project have fostered the optimisation and enhancement of the Atlantic Ocean Observing System to gain integrated, international, efficient, sustainable, and fit-for-purpose information products and services.


Glenn Nolan, EuroGOOS, Belgium – AtlantOS monitoring tools
Pier Luigi Buttigieg, AWI, Germany – Best Practices repository for Ocean Observing
Sandra Ketelhake, GEOMAR, Germany – Adequacy of Atlantic Ocean Observing

Conclusions and recommendations to EuroGEOSS:

  • The mapping tool provides the up-to-date view of the observing system to the various stakeholders and is accordingly designed to provide a view to the inside ocean observing activities
  • Best practices should consider all issues related to ocean observing (costs, feasibility, process for evolution)
  • The ontologies/vocabulary relevant to ocean observing and SDGs is the background of the repository it will compare the best practices documents and tag them accordingly. In that respect, it will foster to bring together different communities to enhance and optimise integrated Ocean Observing.
  • The adequacy assessment will support the coordination within and between countries, the assessment of EOVs, data management, ocean observing activities, and information product deliveries. Furthermore, it will foster coordinated resource mobilisation and capacity building as well as common future perspectives and plans.

All presentations will be made available on the EuroGEOSS website.

Pier Luigi Buttigieg, AWI, Germany, explaining the best practices achieve to better link the ocean observing activities to the SDG process. Photo Credit: Dina Eparkhina (EuroGOOS)

Gilberto Camara talking about the GEO perspective to SDGs. Photo Credit: Dina Eparkhina (EuroGOOS)

Break-out session chairs (Anja Reitz and Dina Eparkhina and some speakers: Michele Barbier, Glenn Nolan and Sandra Ketelhake). Photo Credit: Dina Eparkhina (EuroGOOS)