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: NERC  Work package co-leader: PLOCAN 

Work package co-leader: IEEE

Contact:  Matthew Mowlem Eric Delory  Jay Pearlman
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 Cross-cutting issues and emerging networks

Short description:

This work package is led by: Matthew Mowlem, NERC (lead) and Eric Delory, PLOCAN and Jay Pearlman, IEEE (co-leads). The tasks in WP6 are focused on key capability gaps, and opportunities for improved efficiency and cost reduction for current observing system technologies and practices. It specifically targets sensors and instrumentation as these are key (and currently limiting) in enabling widespread biogeochemical and biological observations using existing ocean platforms (vehicles / infrastructure). We will create roadmaps for optimal sensor development and integration into observing systems. We specifically focus on a key gap to scale up remote and autonomous sampling and processing of biological samples to further enhance widespread biological and (meta)genomic observations. To ensure improvement in data standards and reliability, we will develop existing centres of gravity to introduce common metrology techniques and best practice (including standards) for measurement of priority EOVs. These include all aspects of the ocean environment – physical, biological and biogeochemical. To aid IAOOS efficiency and to reduce cost, we address opportunities for networks and nations to share or combine resources and infrastructure in construction, operation and maintenance of Atlantic observing capability. To maximize international collaboration and dissemination of best practice, we will establish an international community for IAOOS with close connection to existing initiatives (e.g. POGO fellows) and structures in GEO (e.g. communities of practice), and GOOS (OCEATLAN, IOCARIBE, GOOS-Africa, US IOOS and EuroGOOS in particular). We will also coordinate the development of new networks to address numerous gaps particularly (but not limited to) in biogeochemical and biological observations.


This work package develops technology and observing system practices that enable multiple observing networks to produce more data that are better targeted at stakeholder, user and customer requirements whilst reducing overall cost. To further improve efficiency and impact it coordinates engagement of international expertise and dissemination of best practice. The specific objectives are:

  • to create a step change in the number of sensors and instruments addressing priority EOVs that are proven on ocean observing systems and hence impact both the gaps in data and cost of collection
  • to create a roadmap for the development of priority sensors and instrumentation and for their integration and inclusion in IAOOS
  • to develop the role of European industry in ocean sensors and instrumentation markets
  • to lead the development of metrology standards and best practice for ocean observing
  • to reduce the cost of IAOOS by efficiency gains delivered through networks and nations sharing resources and infrastructure during the creation, operation and maintenance of IAOOS
  • to include international expertise in the design and development, operation and maintenance of IAOOS and to disseminate this best practice
  • to address the chronic under-sampling of biogeochemical and biological variables (including (meta)genomics) and to address other observational / coordination gaps by supporting existing activities and the creation of new networks, observation technologies and programmes