Sustained and comprehensive in situ observations combined with satellite observations and predictive models are critical for generating knowledge required for the protection of the ocean and the sustainable use of its resources.
EOOS provides a stakeholder-driven, coordinating framework to integrate and sustain Europe’s rich and diverse in situ ocean observing and monitoring communities to ensure the best value and societal benefits from Europe’s ocean observing capacity.
Today, the European Union funds and sustains satellite ocean observing through the world-leading Copernicus Earth Observation programme. In-situ and satellite data processing and management activities, and the downstream development of services are supported through the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) and the Copernicus Marine Service. However, Europe’s in situ global ocean observing remains fragmented across diverse European organisations, networks, initiatives, and projects, at EU and national level; not all of which are sustainable in the long-term. To help address this problem, the development of a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) framework was launched. EOOS provides a stakeholder-driven, coordinating framework to integrate and sustain Europe’s rich and diverse in situ ocean observing and monitoring communities to ensure the best value and societal benefits from Europe’s ocean observing capacity.
The EOOS framework breaks down barriers to improve coordination and integration of Europe’s ocean observing, monitoring and data sharing resources, while promoting sustainability. EOOS’s framework is underpinned by the GOOS Framework for Ocean Observing and is an integral part of the global ocean and wider earth observing system.
Building on existing initiatives, the development of the EOOS framework is led by EuroGOOS and the European Marine Board, with support from JPI Oceans and the European-funded project EuroSea. EU4OceanObs assists EOOS and EuroGOOS to align European ocean observing programmes with global initiatives to improve international ocean governance to increase the collection, sharing and use of ocean observations for society.
For more information visit www.eoos-ocean.eu.
EOOS partners and supporters
EuroGOOS is the European component of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is an international non-profit association of national governmental agencies and research organisations, committed to European-scale operational oceanography within the context of the intergovernmental GOOS.
EuroGOOS co-chairs the EOOS steering group, provides an EOOS secretariat, manages EOOS communications, and ensures the link to the global operational oceanography systems and GOOS.
The European Marine Board is an independent, non-governmental advisory body, that acts as a strategic forum to develop marine research foresight, initiate state-of-the-art analyses and translate these into clear policy recommendations to European institutions as well as national governments. EMB provides staff to support EOOS and is part of the EOOS Steering Group and Advisory Committee.
EuroSea is an EU-funded project working to improve and integrate the European ocean observing and forecasting system in a global context to advance scientific knowledge about ocean climate, marine ecosystems and their vulnerability to human impacts and to demonstrate the importance of the ocean to an economically viable and healthy society.
JPI Oceans is an intergovernmental platform, open to all EU Member States and Associated Countries who invest in marine and maritime research.