EIG EUMETNET is a grouping of 31 European National Meteorological Services that provides a framework to organise co-operative programmes between its Members in the various fields of basic meteorological activities. These activities include observing systems, data processing, basic forecasting products, research and development and training. Through EUMETNET programmes Members can develop their collective capability to serve environment management and climate monitoring and bring to all European users the best available quality of meteorological information. Within the EUMETNET Observation Programme, E-SURFMAR is the service in charge of in situ observations at the surface of the sea. Concerned platforms are Voluntary Observing Ships (VOS) recruited by European National Meteorological Services, Shipborne Automatic Weather Stations (S-AWS), drifting and moored buoys. Most especially, E-SURFMAR experts for data buoys form the Regional Action Group of JCOMM/DBCP for the North Atlantic. E-SURFMAR drifting buoys participate in the Global Drifter Programme (GDP) of DBCP. Pierre Blouch (male), E-SURFMAR Operational Service Manager since 2003, has been involved in international data buoy activities for more than 30 years. His background is meteorology (Meteo-France engineer) with a touch of oceanography (master course). His concerns mainly include research and developments to make quality observations at the surface of the sea more and more cost-effective.
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