EU Horizon 2020 project

A large scale EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project contributing to the Trans-Atlantic Research Alliance and GEO.

62 Partners, 18 Countries

International integration of Atlantic ocean observing activities – further supporters / members are welcome.


The ISTAB (International Strategic Technical Advisory Board) met for the first time during the 2nd AtlantOS GA meeting in Kiel (June 2016) and elected Brad de Young and Eric Lindstrom as chair and co-chair persons.

Maria Paz Chidichimo (female)

Maria Paz ChidichimoMaría Paz Chidichimo is a physical oceanographer at the Argentine Scientific Research Council (CONICET) and the Hydrographic Service (Argentina). She also teaches at the University of Buenos Aires. She obtained her PhD from the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling and the University of Hamburg (Germany), afterwards she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island (US). She serves in the CLIVAR Atlantic Region Panel and in the ISTAB of AtlantOS.

She has been conducting her research in large international observational programs such as RAPID/MOCHA, cDrake and SAMOC. Broadly, her research interests are on how large-scale ocean currents change and how they impact the climate system. She is particularly interested in studying the meridional overturning circulation, the dynamics of western boundary currents and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current using a variety of in situ oceanographic observations and satellite data.

Isabelle Ansorge (female)

Isabelle AnsorgePosition : Head of Department
Area(s) of Interests: Southern Ocean dynamics, Southern Ocean eddy transports of heat and salt, Frontal dynamics and variability in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and its effects on Sub-antarctic Islands.


Moacyr Araujo (male)

Moacyr AraujoCivil Engineering by the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil. Moacyr holds an MSc. in Hydraulics and Sanitation by the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. DSc. in Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement by the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT), France. Moacyr is an Associate Professor and vice-director of the Department of Oceanography (DOCEAN-UFPE), Brazil. He is the Director of the Center for Risk Analysis and Environmental Modeling (CEERMA-UFPE), Brazil.

Moacyr is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee and co-chair of the Project Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA) and Co-chair of the WG 1-Scientific Basis of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (PBMC). Chair of the Brazilian Research Network on Global Climate Change (REDE CLIMA). He is also an external invited member of the Conseil Stratégique d’Orientation and Scientifique de la Flotte Océanografique Française (COSS-Flotte). Member of the Atlantic Implementation Panel (AIP) of the Climate and Ocean: Variability, Predictability and Change/World Climate Research Programme (CLIVAR/WCRP).

Brad deYoung (male)

Brad deYoungBrad deYoung holds the Captain Robert A. Bartlett Chair in Oceanography at Memorial University. His research interests are in North Atlantic oceanography – coastal and open ocean, climate dynamics, ocean ecology and fisheries oceanography.

He works on the development of new sampling techniques, such as ocean gliders and autonomous surface craft, and in the coupling of biological and physical models for improving our understanding of the influence of circulation on marine organisms. He is interested in developing a long-term, sustainable approach to ocean observation.

Molly O. Baringer (female)

Molly O. BaringerDr. Molly Baringer is a veteran oceanographer with NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s Physical Oceanography Division. During her 21-year tenure at AOML, she has managed research teams and forged partnerships with national and international research institutions. These partnerships have included, among others, the National Science Foundation, National Space and Aeronautics Administration, and the National Environmental Research Council in the UK. Additionally, Molly has participated on more than 20 national and international panels, providing advice and direction on national science policy and program management. As a sea-going oceanographer at AOML, Molly has participated in more than 30 hydrographic research cruises since 1998, often serving as the chief scientist. Her research portfolio and expertise are strongly rooted in the Atlantic Ocean, where she has linked ocean circulation patterns and changes to global and/or regional climate patterns.

Over the past 10 years, Molly has been a principal or co-principal investigator on numerous externally-funded research programs totaling more than $30 million dollars. Her research has led to more than 75 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Science, the Journal of Climate, and the Journal of Geophysical Research. For her role on the Western Boundary Time Series Team, she received a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal.

Molly holds a PhD in physical oceanography earned in 1994 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is also a graduate of NOAA’s Leadership Competency Development Program and the National Weather Service’s Building Leaders for a Solid Tomorrow (BLAST) program.

Suzanne M Carbotte (female)

Suzanne M CarbotteSuzanne Carbotte is Bruce Heezen Lamont Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York. She is a marine geophysicist with primary research focus on the formation and early evolution of the Earth’s oceanic crust at the global Mid-Ocean Ridge using reflection seismic imaging. Carbotte’s field-work includes research expeditions in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as well as near shore studies in the New York region. Carbotte also works in the development of cyberinfrastructure for geosciences and is Associate Director of the IEDA facility and Director of the Marine Geoscience Data System which provides data tools and services for the academic marine geoscience community. Carbotte received her BSc degree from University of Toronto, MSc from Queens University and PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Eric Lindstrom (male)

Eric LindstromPresent position: Physical Oceanography Program scientist in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA and leader of the Earth and Science Division Climate Focus Area Research interests/current work: circulation of the ocean and air-sea exchange processes, development of global ocean observing systems, remote sensing.

He is serving as Co-chair of the international Global Ocean Observing System Steering Committee and the US Interagency Ocean Observations Committee (IOOC); he was co-chair of the task team for an integrated Framework for Sustained Ocean Observations.

Angelika Brandt (female)

Angelika BrandtProf. Dr. Angelika Brandt was born in Minden Westfalen and studied biology and education at the University of Oldenburg (MSc 1987, PhD 1992). She became full professor at the University of Hamburg in 1995 at the Zoological Museum where she curates the Department Invertebrates II (Crustacea and Polychaeta) and since 2003 she has either been deputy director or director (2004-2009) of the Zoological Museum of the University of Hamburg.

She is now deputy director of the CeNak (Centre of Natural History) of the University of Hamburg ( Angelika Brandt works on macrofauna of the deep sea and Polar Regions and has joined 23 expeditions with research vessels including the maiden expedition with the new research vessel Sonne in 2014/2015 ( She works on the systematics, biodiversity, biogeography, evolution and ecology of deep-sea Isopoda (Crustacea, Malacostraca).

Alexandra Giorgetti (female)

Alexandra GiorgettiSr expert data management, female, coordinator of NODC (National Oceanographic Data Centre/IOC) within OGS Section of Oceanography. She graduated in Mathematics at University of Trieste (Italy) in 1994. Since 1995 working at OGS in the field of physical oceanography, mainly concerned with oceanographic data management, scientific data validation and processing. Coordinator of the DG MARE funded EMODNet Chemistry (2009 – 2012) and EMODNet Chemistry 2 (2013 – 2016) projects. Invited member of the Italian Oceanographic Commission and of JCOMM/IODE Expert Team on Data Management Practices (ETDMP).

She participated to several national and international projects (EU MODB, EU MAST MATER, EU MEDAR, EU SeaSearch, EU EDIOS, ADRICOSM, ADRICOSM-EXT, EU SeaDataNet, ADRICOSM-STAR, the National meteo-marine data archive project ARCHIMEDE, EU EMODnet Seabed Mapping, the Italian Flagship RITMARE, JERICO); she is presently scientific coordinator of OGS activities within EU funded project SeaDataNet II and ODIP2.

Oscar Schofield (male)

Oscar SchofieldOscar Schofield is Professor and Chair of Marine Sciences at Rutgers University.  He is co-Director of the Rutgers University’s Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RU COOL).  His group over the last two decades has focused on developing and deploying ocean observing networks consisting of satellites, radars, autonomous vehicles, and data assimilative numerical models. The networks are deployed in tropical, temperate and polar seas.  Results are used to inform a wide range of applied as well fundamental research questions.

Peter Croot (male)

Peter CrootProf. Peter Croot is a marine biogeochemist whose research focuses on understanding the role of biogeochemical processes on the concentration and distribution of trace elements and chemical species in the ocean. His work combines different strands of ocean observations (in situ and satellite, physical and biological), with laboratory studies to elucidate the mechanisms underpinning the transformation of chemical species in the ocean from the surface to the deep.  Dr Croot undertook his PhD studies in the chemistry department at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

He undertook post-doctoral studies at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (USA) and Gothenburg University (Sweden),  and was a researcher at NIOZ (Netherlands),  IFM-GEOMAR (Germany) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (United Kingdom). Since 2012 he is the Established Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). Dr Croot has extensive at sea experience in the oxygen minimum zones of the Tropical Atlantic and Pacific and in the iron limited Southern Ocean (SOIREE, SOFeX, EisenEx, EIFeX). He is an active participant in the GEOTRACES (Member of international standards and intercalibration committe), IMBER and SOLAS communities.

Murray Roberts (male)

Murray RobertsMurray Roberts is Professor of Marine Biology and Director of the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University. He studied Biology at the University of York before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow examining nitrogen cycling in the Anemonia viridis symbiosis. Since 1997 his work on cold-water corals and deep-sea biology has taken him to sites off the UK, Norway, Ireland and the SE United States. Murray is senior author of the ‘Cold-water Corals’, the first book covering the biology and geology of these important deep-sea habitats, a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and co-lead editor of a 2014 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report on ocean acidification. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Scottish Association for Marine Science and Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. From 2012-15 he coordinated Heriot-Watt University’s role in the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology. The £30M Lyell Centre is a new collaboration with the British Geological Survey due to open on Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus in 2016. In 2016 will begin coordination of the 4-year, 9.3M European ATLAS project to create a Trans-Atlantic assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe. He has led or participated in 23 offshore research cruises.

His wider roles include: Contributing Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report Chapter 6 ‘Ocean Systems’; Member of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Expert Group on ocean acidification; Member of the Expert Panel United Nations Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects; Member of the Pool of Experts of the Regular Process United Nations World Ocean Assessment; Member of the ICES Advice Drafting Group on Ecologically & Biologically Significant Areas (NE Atlantic); Founding member of the ICES Working Group on Deep-water Ecology; Member of the Clyde Scientific Trust (Scotland); Member Board St Abbs Marine Station; Editorial Board Member for Nature Scientific Reports.