|Artwork by Glynn Gorick depicting the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)|
|The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean.The Decade will strengthen the international cooperation needed to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society. It will also contribute to the UN processes protecting the ocean and its resources, such as the Aichi Biodiversity targets, the SAMOA Pathway to address climate change, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Decade will require the engagement of many different stakeholders to create new ideas, solutions, partnerships and applications. These include: scientists, governments, academics, policy makers, business, industry and civil society. The AtlantOS Symposium will inform the planning for the UN Ocean Science Decade with regards to ocean observing and information needs.|
|The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), established in 1960 as a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO, is the only competent organization for marine science within the UN system. The purpose of the Commission is to promote international cooperation and to coordinate programmes in research, services and capacity-building, in order to learn more about the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas and to apply that knowledge for the improvement of management, sustainable development, the protection of the marine environment, and the decision-making processes of its Member States. In addition, IOC is recognized through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as the competent international organization in the fields of Marine Scientific Research and Transfer of Marine Technology. Specifically, the IOC supports and hosts the project office of GOOS and has been entrusted to plan the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).|
|The AtlantOS Project Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems is a large scale EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project contributing to the Trans-Atlantic Research Alliance, GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System), and GEO (Group on Earth Observations). Together with its international partners the H2020 project produced a ‘Blue Print for Atlantic Ocean Observing’ that articulates the vision of AtlantOS, the All Atlantic Ocean Observing System as the Atlantic part of GOOS. AtlantOS will continue to improve and innovate Atlantic observing guided by the Framework of Ocean Observing to sustain and grow an increasingly international, more sustainable, more efficient, more integrated, and fit-for-purpose system. AtlantOS observations and information will contribute to realising societal, economic and scientific benefits by promoting an integrated implementation approach. Specific areas of focus include: value for money, extent, completeness, quality and ease of data access, supporting the needs of, the private sector, scientists and citizens.|
The AtlantOS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633211.