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.


  Work package leader: IOC   Work package co-leader: EuroGOOS
Contact:  Albert Fischer  Erik Buch
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 Observing system requirements and design studies

Short description:

This work package is led by: Albert Fischer, IOC (lead) and Erik Buch, EuroGOOS (co-lead). The work will focus on defining the high level requirements [Task 1.1], analysing the gaps and costs of existing systems and planned upgrades [Task 1.2], and carrying out system design studies [Task 1.3].


The overall objective of this Work Package is to iteratively apply the systems design processes of the Framework for Ocean Observing to provide a refined scientific system design for an IAOOS meeting societal objectives. Specific objectives are to:

  • To define the high-level requirements of IAOOS based on the GEO societal benefits and other international initiatives, providing a direct link to societal challenges related to the Atlantic basin and the European Blue Growth strategy. These requirements will be translated into strategic recommendations about sustained monitoring of EOVs.
  • To identify the gaps in existing Atlantic observing networks. This assessment will include an estimation of the cost of existing observing networks as well as the needed investments in regard to the identified gaps, and an evaluation of the readiness and feasibility of implementation of different observing technologies as guidance in systems design.
  • To deliver guidance to improve existing elements and/or implement new components of the IAOOS using OSSEs and data assimilation to optimally merge in-situ and satellite observations with models.