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 6.3

Shared infrastructure

Lead: PLOCAN (Eric Delory)

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This task will explore and develop the considerable opportunities for efficiency gain and cost reduction afforded by sharing and coordination of ocean observing infrastructure. The ultimate outcomes could be the deployment of multiple platforms from ships, collecting additional samples, adding sensing devices to existing activities, and coordinating multiple platforms for specific science. This task will study existing initiatives and opportunities in Europe such as Eurofleets, OFEG, GROOM, JERICO, FixO3, etc. and pan-Atlantic, including but not limited to US, Canada, Brazil and South Africa in order to identify and solve potential issues learned from national and transnational access to mobile and fixed platforms, incl. research vessels [D6.6] [All partners: PLOCAN, IEEE, Ifremer]. This will lead to the design of a method to encourage the different elements of the AtlantOS system, mobile and fixed, to coordinate testing demand with the deployment, maintenance and operation of the IAOOS infrastructure [D6.6; all partners]. Preparation will consist in regular teleconference meetings in WP6 with other task leaders and the co-organising of two workshops [IEEE] with potentially interested users and operators or coordinators of the above-mentioned initiatives, at partner facilities and in concordance with relevant international events (i.e. GEO summits, Oceanology International, EGU, AGU, IEEE Oceans, FP7 or H2020 project meetings). A test of the resulting method will be performed in the Central Eastern Atlantic to showcase the potential of the shared infrastructure [PLOCAN].

Deliverables:

D6.6 IAOOS shared infrastructure Report: Best practice document and review / inventory of current methods for sharing IAOOS components, such as ships, fixed and mobile observing systems, calibration facilities and support the use of the infrastructure for innovation testing, validation, or demonstration. PM45