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 3.5


Lead: IRD (Bernard Bourles)

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The Prediction and Research Mooring Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA), initiated in 1997, is now recognized as the reference network of oceanic and atmospheric observations in the Tropical Atlantic, as for climate dedicated research and for operational climate and ocean prediction. The PIRATA network was initiated in the framework of a multinational cooperation and is maintained on the long-term thanks to close collaborations and a Memorandum of Understanding between US, Brazil and France organisms and now comprises 18 permanent ATLAS buoys along with one ADCP mooring (at 23°W-Equator). As part of AtlantOS, the main objective is to make PIRATA more efficient and relevant in terms of filling observational gaps- essentially by implementing and operationally maintain additional sensors to existing ATLAS moorings and demonstrating a preview of what could be the “future PIRATA network”. In this context, three main sub-goals are assigned within AtlantOS. 1) Upgrade of the PIRATA mooring by the implementation and operational management of a variety of key physical (conductivity, current) meteorological (Patm, Long wave radiation) or biogeochemical (O2, CO2) sensors [D3.3] [IRD, GEOMAR]. 2) We will concern the data-system upgrade [D3.9] [IRD, GEOMAR] with a strong focus on new biogeochemical sensor (O2 and CO2). In particular an identified person will serve as contact point to exchange with WP7. 3) Working on the long-term sustainability of the upgraded PIRATA system within AtlantOS [D3.19] [IRD, GEOMAR], with a peculiar emphasize on international partnership including non EU countries (e.g. Brazil, USA and South Africa).


D3.3 PIRATA network improvement Report: Report on new (physical, meteorological and biogeochemical) sensor implementation and derived time series. PM24

D3.9 PIRATA Data System Upgrade Report: Technical report mostly related to biogeochemical sensors (O2 and CO2 sensors) data, their real-time transmission and O2 and CO2 data control quality and their integration to existing systems, in relation with the WP7. PM36

D3.19 Organization & sustainability of PIRATA network Report: A detailed report on the renewed PIRATA network, and its potential sustainability over long-term . This deliverable will be established with the contribution of the PIRATA International Scientific Steering Group and PIRATA partners. PM45