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 4.1

Gap analysis and critical assessment of coastal observing systems

Lead: Ifremer (Guillaume Charria)

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This task will perform a mapping and gap analysis of the relevant existing European Systems following targeted EOVs, targeted processes, and targeted sensors and platforms. The task will make recommendations and partially implement improvements that need to be taken. These recommendations [D4.5] [Ifremer] will be in the areas of new investments [EuroGOOS], re-planning of existing observing strategies [NERC-NOC, EuroGOOS], and increasing the number of coastal systems and observations contributing to EMODnet and the Copernicus Marine Service. We will validate the use of coastal profilers over continental shelves combined with Ships of Opportunity low cost measurements, aiming to provide water column observations that are continuous, coherent, and complementary with deep ocean observing system. The continuity in the observing systems will be reinforced using glider and/or FerryBox lines. The results of this study will define the limitation of a present integrated coastal/deep ocean observing network and will guide future strategies for coastal observing. To maximise the influence of the task recommendations, yearly workshops will be coupled to EuroGOOS meetings.


D4.5 Gap analysis of links between coastal and open ocean networks: Report setting out recommendations to re-plan and optimise current observational strategies for continental shelf observing networks; and improve their connection with wider ocean observing networks. PM42