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.

Women in AtlantOS

Sabrina Speich

Full Professor of Physical Oceanography and Climate Sciences at the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) of Paris, France

2008 Diplôme d’Habilitation à diriger des Recherches, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France;

1992 Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France: Etude du forçage de la circulation océanique à travers les détroits : cas de la Mer d’Alboran;

1989 Laurea  in Physics, Università degli Studi, Trieste, Italy;

Sabrina Speich is a physical oceanographer particularly interested in the uncovering and understanding of ocean dynamics and air-sea interactions and they role on climate variability, change and related impacts. She is a world-recognized expert in ocean modeling as well as in organizing wide programs of in situ observations. Within her research projects, she has been involved in the Argo profiling float program since the early 2000s and has deployed more than half of the floats provided by France and this in the Southern Hemisphere subtropics and in the Southern Ocean. She is recently focusing her research on scale-interactions and in atmosphere-ocean dynamics, and how they affect the Earth climate and marine ecosystems under global warming. She is co-chair of the Atlantic CLIVAR Panel. She is member of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and she is a past member of the Southern Ocean CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Panel.

Dr. Caroline Cusack

Oceanographic Services, OSIS, Marine Institute

The lure of a career in marine science began at a university information day when I spotted an advertisement for Ireland’s first specialist Marine Science course. In the final year of my undergraduate degree, I came across a lecturer who was passionate about biological oceanography and delivered a persuasive argument that convinced me to study phytoplankton ecology. After graduating, I managed a phytoplankton laboratory at the Marine Institute in Ireland, that delivers near-real time harmful algal bloom information to the Irish shellfish safety national monitoring programme. Since then, I’ve continued to learn new things working on several projects related to biophysical oceanography, water quality (WFD, MSFD), marine climate change, and development of marine products and services. The most enjoyable thing about my job is that I get to interact with lots of different personalities from multiple disciplines e.g. oceanography, modelling, satellite earth observation, biology, information systems, policy makers and industry. I’ve had the pleasure to work with people across Europe and world-wide, spent short trips in overseas laboratories and a lot of time on scientific cruises. Work conditions today, for both men and women, have changed drastically since I started out. We now have better vessels and equipment to carry out oceanographic research. Today’s technology has advanced to the point that, in some cases, you don’t need to have good “sea legs” to get involved in oceanography e.g. in-situ sensors such as the Argo floats can be monitored from your desk. I am currently working on the AtlantOS project. It appeals to me because we are working together to improve the current ocean observing system to enhance ocean management for the good of all, including humans. I would highly recommend a career in Marine Science.

Janice Romaguera Trotte-Duhá

Serves as a Special Adviser to the Director General of Science, Nuclear and Technological Development of the Brazilian Navy, after having served as General Coordinator for Ocean Sciences and Antarctica at the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC) for three years.

She has graduated in Oceanography at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Trevor Platt, from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

The present strategic map of her job activities encompasses a reduction of the scientific and technological gap that still separates Brazil from more developed nations, through the strengthening of scientific and technological infrastructure in support to oceanographic research in the Tropical and South Atlantic.

The setting up of a National Institute on Ocean Research and Hydroways (INPOH) to serve the purpose of implementing a National Strategy for the Oceans is among her priorities for the next years to come, together with brand new oceanographic vessel that Brazil has just launched to support research and operations in the Tropical and South Atlantic.
At the internactional scenario, Janice has served as Programme Manager for GOOS at IOC/UNESCO, living In Paris from 1997 to 2000 and as Vice-Chair for GOOS in the period 1996-1998.

She has also been seconded by the Government of Brazil to lead the IOC/UNESCO Regional GOOS Office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a strong support from NOAA, from 2002 to 2009.
In Brazil, she has coordinated the GOOS National Programme for over a decade with many observing networks being settled and that are still running, collecting data to the benefit of many institutions, academia and public services in her country.

To date, she takes part in some bilateral programmes regarding Ocean Sciences and Services between Brazil and the European Union, the USA, Germany, Canada, France, UK, as well as a strong trilateral cooperation between Brazil, India and South Africa (IBSA).

Janice also represents Brazil at the PIRATA Resources Board (PRB), a project set up by Brazil, France and the USA that has been recognized as extremely important for ocean observations in the Tropical Atlantic and a fine example on how to collaborate to reach common scientific knowledge available to all nations interested in oceans and climate.

Being fluent in in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, with a little Italian, Janice manages well with her professional travelling around the globe.