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.


Progress in Ocean Observations in the Atlantic, AtlantOS Press Release, March 2019

The First International AtlantOS Symposium marks the transition from the EU- Horizon 2020 Project AtlantOS to its development into the international All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System.25 March 2019 / Paris. During a four-day long symposium at UNESCO… Read more »

First International AtlantOS Symposium

25-28 March 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, FranceDownload the AgendaWhy engage in the First International AtlantOS Symposium?This high-level symposium will celebrate the success of the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation Action AtlantOS, and… Read more »

4 Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions at the University of Rhode Island

Rhode Island Consortium for Coastal Ecology, Assessment, and Innovation (RI C-AIM)4 Postdoctoral Fellowship PositionsApplication deadlines: January 31, 2019 (first consideration), February 28, 2019 (second consideration)A list of eligible RI C-AIM Po… Read more »

Our Atlantic Ocean for Growth and Well-Being

21-22 November 2018, Mindelo, Cape VerdeIn recent years, the Republic of Cabo Verde has developed into an important location for international marine research. On and off the islands, European and international partners operate observatories for ocea… Read more »

4th AtlantOS newsletter

The fourth AtlantOS newsletter focuses on Early Career Scientists (ECS) in Ocean Observing Sciences.Early Career Scientists are defined as undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters/PhD) students or scientists who has received their highest degree (BSc,… Read more »

Ocean Observing showcases at #EGW2018

EuroGEOSS workshop 2018, 12 – 14 September 2018, Geneva, SwitzerlandThe 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 experti… Read more »

European Strategy for Atlantic Ocean Observing

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 initia… Read more »

AtlantOS represented at the Belém All-Atlantic Research Forum.

The Belém All-Atlantic Research Forum took place in Salvador (Brazil) from the 23-24th of July 2018. The objective of this meeting was to advance in the implementation of the “Belém Statement”, continuing the progress made since its signing in July 2… Read more »

Toward Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Data Management: Industry Has a Role to Play Too

This article based in large part on remarks in the 18th Roger Revelle Commemorative (Distinguished) Lecture, National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board, Washington, DCDawn J. Wright1,2Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), Redlands, C… Read more »

3rd AtlantOS newsletter

The third AtlantOS newsletter focuses on how AtlantOS contributes to the enhancement and optimization of harmonization, and integration of Atlantic Ocean observing data. Our aim is to foster a system that is accepted by the data producers, as open as… Read more »

AtlantOS – Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems

The EU Horizon 2020 project AtlantOS just finalized a video to explain the value of integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing for societal benefit.AtlantOS aims to improve ocean observing by strengthening international collaboration, sharing of ocean obser… Read more »

An example of vessel time optimization and collaborations during the PIRATA cruises

Bernard Bourlès, Grigor Obolensky, Paul Poli, Gilbert Emvizat, Jacques Grelet, Noé Poffa, Fabrice Roubaud, Pierre Rousselot.The PIRATA FR28 cruise has been carried out from February 27th to April 5th, 2018, from Mindelo (Cabo-Verde), onboard the R/V… Read more »

3rd AtlantOS Briefing Paper ‘Making Technologies for Ocean Observing accessible’

The third AtlantOS Briefing Paper focuses on recent activities of the EU H2020 project AtlantOS to promote discussion about new technologies and making those technologies accessible for ocean observing. Christoph Waldmann and Jan-Stefan Fritz give a… Read more »

EOOS holds its first Forum

On 8 March 2018, the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) initiative held its first Forum. This brought together more than 80 ocean observing stakeholders from across Europe to discuss critical components of the European ocean observing system and… Read more »

AtlantOS town halls at OSM 2018

AtlantOS conducted three successful town hall meetings during the Ocean Science Meeting 2018 in Portland, 11th – 16th of February. The first one took place on Monday presenting and discussion ‘Ocean Applications for Societal Benefit from Observations… Read more »

AtlantOS Special Newsletter on ‘Strengthening pan-Atlantic Cooperation for Ocean Observing’

The AtlantOS special newsletter focuses on requirements of and contributions to a strengthened cooperation in pan-Atlantic Ocean Observing. Ocean observing is a complex end-to-end system built upon engineering, operations, data management, informatio… Read more »

POST-DOCTORAL position in Physical Oceanography for the SAMBAR project carried out at the University of São Paulo, Brazil

The SAMBAR project, financed by FAPESP (, aims to better understand the interannual variability of the heat conte… Read more »

Data flow and Data integration – WP7 5th meeting, 20th November 2017 in PLOCAN/ Gran Canaria – brief progress report

During the implementation phase started in April 2017 all the actors of WP7, networks from WP2-3-4 and integrators, have to enhance their data system according to the roadmap of improvements established during the 4th WP7 meeting hold in December 201… Read more »

National Geographic Global announced the following initiative: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EARLY CAREER EXPLORERS SUPPORTED BY SKY OCEAN RESCUE

National Geographic, in partnership with Sky, are asking for early career grant applications specifically related to marine research or conservation, from individuals from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria. Projects should aim t… Read more »

First results from Ocean Observation during Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18, Leg 1

First results from Ocean Observation during Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18, Leg 1 from Lisbon to Alicante were presented yesterday by AtlantOS scientist Dr. Toste Tanhua at the Volvo Ocean Race Summit in Cape Town (ZA). This results indicate the Atlantic O… Read more »

Sensor video

Short video from the European Project, NeXOS, which has be developing a new generation of compact sensors over the last four years. NeXOS was primarily optical and passive acoustic sensors for stationary and autonomous vehicles. This is part of a con… Read more »

Join a scientific cruise in the tropical Atlantic

The research cruise team of M148, with RV Meteor, 24 May – 29 June 2018, from Belem (BR) to Walvis Bay (NA) offers volunteers the chance to participate in an interesting and capacity building oceanographic research cruise. Interested young scientist… Read more »

AtlantOS – Science programme at Volvo Ocean Race

AtlantOS scientist Dr. Toste Tanhua (GEOMAR) managed to convince Volvo Ocean Race to take ocean observing technology onboard for Ocean Race Yachts CP1756. This technology adaptation supports different measurement programs relevant to support scientif… Read more »

8th ASMIWG meeting

The 8th AORA Atlantic Seabed Mapping International Working Group Meeting just took place at Bedford Institute for Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. One main theme of the working group is mapping the seabed of the Atlantic. This time on th… Read more »

4th Meeting of the Blue Print Team for integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing

The team will develop an Atlantic Ocean Observing Blueprint to advance the current system components for a sustainable, efficient, integrated, and fit-for-purpose ocean observing in the Atlantic. This will help improve the value for money, extent, co… Read more »

A New Era of Blue Enlightenment, 12-14 July in Lisbon

This event will celebrate the launch of the South Atlantic Flagship Initiative between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa, aiming to better understand and deepen scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the interrelations between oceans… Read more »

AtlantOS 3rd General Assembly

Dates: 21 – 23 November 2017 Location: Gran Canaria, Spain (exact location to be announced soon) Draft Agenda to follow soon.

Alliances for Integrated Ocean Observing and Information Services Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 at the UN Ocean Conference in New York City (5-9 June 2017)

AtlantOS (EU Horizon 2020 project) initiated together with its partners: the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), GODAE OceanView, the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), the TPOS 2020… Read more »

2nd AtlantOS Newsletter

The second AtlantOS newsletter is focusing on the contribution of ocean observing to societal benefits. On the one hand, the diverse needs of societies for ocean information has been guiding the objectives of AtlantOS and in general, the essential oc… Read more »

2nd AtlantOS Briefing Paper

The second Briefing Paper focuses on the societal benefits of ocean observing and presents examples of work being done in AtlantOS to link ocean observations with specific user needs and societal benefits. The vision of how AtlantOS will serve key so… Read more »

The Ocean Conference – side event on Integrated Ocean Observing

AtlantOS will conduct a side event entitled ‘Alliances for Integrated Ocean Observing and Information Services Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14’ during the ‘The Ocean Conference’ that will take from 5 – 9 June in New Y… Read more »


PIRATA maintains 18 buoys in the Tropical Atlantic; this induces yearly dedicated cruises ensured by Brazil, US and French partners. France is in charge of 6 meteo-oceanographic moorings (at 23°W-0°N, 10°W-0°N, 0°E-0°N, 10°W-6°S, 10°W-10°S, 8°E-6°S)… Read more »

1st AtlantOS Briefing Paper

This first Briefing Paper highlights the AtlantOS vision. The authors include members of the AtlantOS Executive Board, who each take a look at the AtlantOS vision from slightly different perspectives. Martin Visbeck elaborates on the broader contribu… Read more »

1st AtlantOS Newsletter – January 2017

In this first AtlantOS newsletter, we introduce the vision of AtlantOS to the wider community interested in the Atlantic Ocean and the societal benefit that is enabled by sustained ocean observation.The guiding objective of AtlantOS is directly expre… Read more »

‘The Ocean Conference Preparatory Meeting’, 15-16 Feb 2017 in New York has been accepted

AtlantOS will conduct a side event entitled ‘Building partnerships for Integrated Ocean Observing and Information in support of the implementation of SDG 14’ during the ‘The Ocean Conference Preparatory Meeting’ that will take from 15 – 16 February i… Read more »

3rd Report of the AtlantOS cruise MSM60

3nd Weekly report MSM60 Engl (1.7 MiB) 3nd Weekly report MSM60 Espanol (1.1 MiB) 3nd Weekly report MSM60 French (1.0 MiB) 3nd Weekly report MSM60 Portugese (1.7 MiB) Wochenbericht3 (1.3 MiB) 

2nd Report of the AtlantOS cruise MSM60

2nd Weekly report MSM60 Engl (1.8 MiB) 2nd Weekly report MSM60 French (1.1 MiB) 2nd Weekly report MSM60 Portugese (1.7 MiB) 2nd Weekly report MSM60 Spanish (1.2 MiB) Wochenbericht2 (1.8 MiB)

Weekly report – Maria S. Merian, cruise MSM60

MSM60 – from Cape Town, South Africa, to Montevideo, UruguayAtlantOS and POGO (Partnership for Observing of the Global Oceans) pursue the goal to better coordinate and close gaps in ocean observing in the Atlantic. Accordingly, the research cruise MS… Read more »

8th PLOCAN Glider School

8th PLOCAN Glider School 6th-11th Nov. 2017 Gran Canaria. Canary Islands. Spain

Atlantic Workshop

The focus of the 3-day scientific and technical workshop held in PLOCAN the 2nd – 4th November this year has been the enhancement of integration of cross-cutting issues regarding in-situ Ocean observing within AtlantOS and the involved networks as we… Read more »

EMODnet Stakeholder Conference & Sea-basin Workshop

EMODnet Stakeholder Conference & Sea-basin Workshops (14-15/02/2017, Brussels, Belgium) – Register now! You are warmly invited to join us at the First EMODnet Stakeholder Conference in February 2017. The Conference will bring together EMODnet exp… Read more »

M133 MyScience Cruise SACROSS

Ocean observations are one of the cornerstones for understanding, assessing and predicting ocean change – MyScience-Cruise provides the unique opportunity of a practical training on ocean observations and ocean research in the South Atlantic.Six outs… Read more »

Director-General of the EMSO ERIC, (European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water-Column Observatory; European Research Infrastructure Consortium)

Application deadline: February, 15th 2017 Excellent Salary: €100.000 to €130.000/annum Location: Rome, Italy Terms: Full time for 3 years, renewable Who are we? The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory (EMSO) is an associa… Read more »

Harry Otten Prize

A Prize for Innovation in MeteorologyA substantial part of the national gross product in many countries is weather dependent. National weather services and the private sector have been innovative for more than a century to make better use of our mete… Read more »

EOOS – An open stakeholder consultation on the European Ocean Observing System is now open

You are invited take part in an open online consultation to help design a new framework for an integrated and sustained European Ocean Observing System, or EOOS. The consultation will collect views from the European ocean observing community and wide… Read more »

Scientists take ‘blue-action’ to help society cope with the impacts of dramatic Arctic climate changes

While the Arctic faces rapid warming and less sea ice currently covers the Arctic Ocean than ever before at this time of the year, an international partnership launches a major project to improve our detailed understanding of the processes and impact… Read more »

PLOCAN – the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Island launches platform

An Oceanic Platform to facilitate the Research and Innovation in the fields of marine science and technologies. A marine test site  for testing new technologies. A test site equipped with an underwater electrical infrastructure. The PLOCAN depth is 3… Read more »

Call for expert nominations for the Author Team of the Atlantic Ocean Observing System Blueprint 2019

Internationally, sustained ocean observation is coordinated through the UNESCO-IOC Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) which is also a contribution to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Blue Planet initiative. But also a number of related program… Read more »

Strategies, methods and new technologies for a sustained and integrated autonomous in-situ observing system for the Atlantic – a joint AtlantOS – AORAC-SA workshop at PLOCAN, Gran Canarias, Spain

The focus of the 3-day scientific and technical workshop was the enhancement of integration of cross-cutting issues regarding in-situ Ocean observing within AtlantOS and the involved networks as well as better involvement of international participant… Read more »

Junior Scientist (tenure track) or Senior Scientist in Marine Chemical Oceanography

The Department of Ocean System Sciences (OCS, department chair: prof. dr. Gert-Jan Reichart) is looking for a highly motivated junior (tenure track) or senior Marine Chemical Oceanographer with a focus on ocean carbon cycling.LOCATION: ROYAL NIOZ TEX… Read more »

Announcing the 3rd Blue Planet Symposium

We are pleased to inform you that the 3nd Symposium will be held in College Park, MD, USA, May 31-June 2, 2017. The Symposium will serve as a forum for discussion of societal information needs resulting from the important role the oceans play in Eart… Read more »

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

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 Af… Read more »

New job – Postdoctoral Scientist at MPI-M (W027)

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 a… Read more »

Physical Oceanographer Position – Ocean and Climate team at LOPS (Brest, France)

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… Read more »

Martin Visbeck presents an overview of the AtlantOS 2nd General Assembly in Kiel, June 2016

Experts for Atlantic Ocean Observing meet in KielMore than 160 participants from Europe and several partner countries like the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Angola, and Cape Verdi joint the 2nd general assembly me… Read more »

PhD in the area of sea ice and ocean modelling

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as… Read more »

Potential for an underwater glider component as part of the Global Ocean Observing System

The contributions of autonomous underwater gliders as an observing platform in the in-situ global ocean observing system (GOOS) are investigated. The assessment is done in two ways: First, the existing in-situ observing platforms contributing to GOOS… Read more »

European Maritime Day, Turku, Finland

The European Maritime Day (EMD) 2016 is taking place in Turku, Finland from 18 – 19 May. The EMD is the annual meeting point for the European maritime community to network, discuss, and foster joint actions. At this years EMD, the EU project AtlantOS… Read more »


PIRATA (« Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic »), operational oceanography program initiated in 1997 on behalf the international program CLIVAR (Climate Variability and predictability), and carried out through a multinationa… Read more »

MyScience-Cruise on-board training on the research vessel METEOR during two expeditions in 2016

MyScience-Cruise on-board training on the research vessel METEOR during two expeditions. One of them is the cruise M124. The cruise is an action that is supported by AtlantOS WP5 (enhancement of the observation in the Southern Atlantic) and WP8 (POGO… Read more »

WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit: Rotterdam, 30th Nov – 2nd Dec 2016

Global Ocean Business Community to Meet on Corporate Ocean Responsibility and Ocean Sustainable DevelopmentThe World Ocean Council (WOC) is proud to announce that the 4th Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) will be held from 30 November – 2 December, 2016… Read more »

MARIANDA Training Workshop in Kiel, Germany, Spring 2016

We would like to inform you that MARIANDA prepares a training workshop for alkalinity and dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) measurements in sea water. The workshop will be held on April 25-29, 2016 in Kiel, Germany. The planning of the workshop is in… Read more »

Public consultation, International Ocean Governance

Last year, the European Commission had launched an international public consultation on how the EU could contribute to achieving better international governance of oceans and seas to the benefit of sustainable blue growth. The results are now online… Read more »

Second level Master degree in Ocean Physics and Technology

The University of Naples Parthenope and University of Bologna organize a second level Master degree inOcean Physics and TechnologyPlease visit the web site for information: is now open and it will close… Read more »

Ocean observations for the benefit of society

Ocean observations for the benefit of societyGroup on Earth Observations.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Marine Microbial Observatory

Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Bremerhaven / Max Plank Institute, Bremen.The section “Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology”, a bridge group between the Alfred-Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research and the Max Planck Institute for Mic… Read more »

Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System

AtlantOS is a project funded under the Horizon 2020 call BG-8-2014: Developing in-situ Atlantic Ocean Observations for a better management and sustainable exploitation of the maritime resources.The project that involves 62 partners from research inst… Read more »

AtlantOS Press Release

A press release about AtlantOS and the kick-off meeting has been released by EurActive. Read more – AtlantOS Press Release

Tuning acoustics for ocean observations

ICES to contribute acoustic database to AtlantOS, a project which will see existing Atlantic Ocean observation efforts pulled together into a single cohesive system. Read more – Tuning acoustics for ocean observations

AtlantOS has been invited for Grant Agreement Preparation

The AtlantOS proposal has been favourable evaluated by the European Commission’s agency and was invited for GAP last Friday late afternoon. The consortium is looking very much forward to the start of AtlantOS.

AtlantOS submitted

The full proposal was submitted on Thursday, 26th of June. The outcome of the evaluation will be avaiblable approx. end November 2014.

Do you want to support AtlantOS

You still have the possibility to join AtlantOS as a supporter! If you are a legal entity wishing to support AtlantOS through complementary activities, you can register on the website. The AtlantOS coordination team will evaluate your application and… Read more »

AtlantOS goes online

This new website is online! The internal page will follow soon.