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: UPMC  Work package co-leader: AWI
Contact:   Herve Claustre Antje Boetius
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Enhancement of autonomous observing networks

Short description:

This work package is led by: Herve Claustre, UPMC) (lead) and Antje Boetius AWI (co-lead). This work package will build on existing capacities for autonomous observing networks on both sides of the Atlantic. It will improve the systematic collection of ocean observations recorded in-situ, and will enhance intersections with other observational systems, including remote sensing. Autonomous ocean observation technologies are enabling to reduce the costs of in-situ ocean observation, but so far they have to be optimized to integrate the biological dimension into observing systems. For each autonomous platform network of this work package, i.e. fixed moorings, drifters, gliders and profiling floats, the work will be organized along the key objectives, including the enhancement of the data acquisition capabilities by upgrading observatories with new sensors, by increasing the spatio-temporal coverage of the measurements, and by linking to the biological dimensions. Data streams of each network will be standardized and, where possible, appropriate real-time and delayed-mode data quality control procedures will be implemented. The autonomous observation networks will be promoted to a wider user community to enhance cross-system integration and to achieve the sustainability of such integrated networks of the future.


As a prerequisite for the long-term sustainability of a future integrated observation system covering the entire Atlantic, several objectives will be met through the work in this work package:

  • Enhancement of autonomous observation networks to promote use of the most cost-effective way to measure essential ocean variables
  • Acquisition of more integrated data for a holistic understanding of variations in the Atlantic system
  • Implementation of more cost-effective platforms with improved long-term capabilities
  • Fill the observational gaps for certain under-sampled areas (e.g. southern Atlantic), for some periods (e.g. harsh winter conditions in sub-polar North Atlantic), and for new variables (biology including (meta)genomic, biogeochemistry)
  • Provide significant innovation potentials for SMEs
  • Improve the access to and usability of the data-system that will be implemented and integrated with other observation systems into a knowledge base
  • Develop management and innovation procedures to yield enhanced and integrated international observation networks and a sustainable European and Transatlantic infrastructure