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: UNIBO  Work package co-leader: MI
Contact:  Nadia Pinardi Caroline Cusack
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Societal benefits from observing/information systems

Short description:

This work package is led by: Nadia Pinardi, UNIBO (lead) and Caroline Cusack, MI (co-lead). The ambition is to deliver a suite of products that are targeted at issues of societal concern in European Member States. These products will enhance the safety of coastal communities and promote economic development in key emerging marine and maritime sectors through better decision support tools (flooding, maritime safety, HAB) and resource assessment (offshore aquaculture). Reanalysis products will assist Member States in reporting under the MSFD and to international entities such as ICES. Integration of marine data from combined sources has been a challenge within this community for several decades. These pilot actions are tangible outputs from the integration of Earth observation, in-situ data systems and model analyses, reanalysis and forecasts to form a usable product in five key GEOSS societal benefit areas. These end-user focused products will be a contribution to the forthcoming EMODnet Atlantic Checkpoint Portal in terms of development of the algorithms and basic tools to evaluate fitness for purpose of the monitoring system.


  • To provide leadership for Europe in the implementation of GEOSS in the Atlantic in five areas of societal benefits, such as climate, disasters, ecosystems, health and water
  • To demonstrate the value and societal benefit of the existing observing system in the Atlantic through seven pilot actions: HABs mapping, coastal hazards early warning, safe ship routing, oil spill hazards, MSFD reporting, site selection for mariculture
  • To integrate data from the Copernicus Marine Service and EMODnet in the Atlantic basin, augmented by new AtlantOS data, to produce decision support tools for a variety of marine environmental and economic sectors
  • To produce a Data Adequacy Report from each different pilot actions documenting the observational and model data accuracy, accessibility and fitness for purpose