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: Ifremer  Work package co-leader: GEOMAR
Contact:  Pierre-Yves Le Traon Martin Visbeck
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System evaluation and sustainability

Short description:

This work package is led by: Pierre-Yves Le Traon, Ifremer (lead) and Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR (co-lead). This work package will establish procedures that allow for a timely and comprehensive monitoring and evaluation of the Atlantic observing system and will address ‘EOVs’ monitoring gaps and provide a summary on issues that impact the sustainability of the observing systems. Firstly, we will develop and implement a monitoring system that is able to track the status of the various observing systems (Task 9.1). The system will build on the JCOMMOPS (JCOMM Observations Programme Support Centre) monitoring system set up by IOC for the global ocean and will be extended to eventually cover all in-situ observing networks of the IAOOS. Secondly, we will assess the adequacy of the current state of IAOOS in the context of information product delivery requirements (Task 9.2). We will also try to assess how well the EOVs agreed by the sponsors (see WP1) are addressed and if the space/time resolution, timeliness and expected accuracy of the information is delivered. Finally, national plans for long-term funding of observing systems in the Atlantic will be documented and proposals for IAOOS sustainability will be formulated (Task 9.3 in close cooperation with WP10). At a European level the work will be embedded to an overall umbrella of a sustained European Ocean Observing System that brings together national, regional and European infrastructures (ESFRI roadmap, EuroGOOS/ROOS, EMODnet, Copernicus). The work will be carried out at an international level in collaboration with the non-EU partners engaged in the project.


  • To provide quantitative and near real-time information of the state of the in-situ Atlantic Observing System with defined key performance indicators to be monitored.
  • to analyse and properly document for each EOV the adequacy of the current observing and information system, where the observation capability for a given EOV is being addressed by a complementary set of in-situ networks and satellite missions.
  • to develop a long-term sustainability plan for IAOOS based on existing plans of international partners, European Member States as well as key European initiatives
  • to develop commitments for long-term funding of IAOOS by funding agencies engaged in ocean observations for research, monitoring and operational purposes