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.

Euro Argo ERIC (Euro-Argo)

The Community legal framework for a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) entered into force on 28 August 2009. This specific legal form is designed to facilitate the joint establishment and operation of research infrastructures of European interest. It is signed at ministry level and must have at least three member states as members. The Euro-Argo ERIC goal is to develop a long-term global ocean monitoring system to better understand and predict the ocean and its role in the climate system. It coordinates and strengthens the European contribution to the international Argo program as endorsed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Ministries from 9 European countries have agreed to form this new legal European entity ( to organize a long-term European contribution to Argo. The ERIC was set up in May 2014. The Euro Argo infrastructure is made up of a central infrastructure based in France (Ifremer, Brest) which is owned and controlled by the Euro-Argo ERIC and distributed national facilities which operate with direct national resources. As part of the Euro-Argo ERIC, they agree to a multi-annual commitment of resources (in particular in terms of floats to be deployed and for the data system), and to coordinate their activities. The EuroArgo ERIC will coordinate the task related to the extension of Argo within AtlantOS and work with its members to ensure the tasks related to the provision, the acceptance tests, deployment and data management of the Argo data collected within AtlantOS and will collaborate with WP7 to integrate these data within the AtlantOS system

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