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.

Task 1.1

Requirements for sustained ocean observations of the Atlantic

Lead: IOC (Albert Fischer)

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The high-level requirements of IAOOS based on the societal benefits of GEO and other international initiatives will be defined. This task starts with identification of the major societal drivers of sustained ocean observing in the Atlantic basin, globally, as driven from issues affecting the entire basin and expressed through high-level agreements (i.e. climate and UNFCCC, biodiversity and CBD, sustaining ecosystem services and IPBES), andregionally, in Atlantic coastal countries of Europe, North and South America, and Africa [IOC, EuroGOOS]. In order to translate these high-level requirements into strategic recommendations about sustained monitoring of EOVs, we will describe the major Atlantic phenomena that are required to be monitored to achieve these societal goals [GEOMAR]. The approach of the Framework of Ocean Observing (doi:10.5270/OceanObs09-FOO) agreed by the international community will be used to define the critical requirements for IAOOS. Requirements for sustained observations will be expressed in the physical [IOC], biogeochemical [IO PAN], and biological [ICES and CIIMAR] EOVs that need to be monitored, and the space-time resolution and accuracy required. These recommendations, including a strategy for the observing networks to monitor these EOVs, will be drafted from present knowledge early in the course project [D1.1] and increased in readiness through workshop focii on specific phenomena and pilots. In the last phase of the project, we will revisit the requirements and integrate the inputs gathered in this work package and others on feasibility, readiness, and impact to provide guidance on network design, and the assessment of adequacy of observations. The sustained observing requirements and network design will be revised in light of these project outcomes [D1.7], leaving a legacy of a better-motivated and more integrated IAOOS.


D1.1 Initial IAOOS Requirements Report: Initial description from ongoing work of the societal imperatives for sustained Atlantic Ocean observations, the phenomena to observe, EOVs, and contributing observing networks; as guidance for other WPs. PM10

D1.7 Refined IAOOS requirements Report: Update of initial requirements with the legacy lessons learned from the project, including refinements of understanding of readiness to observe, guidance from models, and input from other work packages on requirements, observation networks, data management, and the generation of useful information. PM45