The EU is funding a number of projects under its H2020 Research & Innovation programme and other funding instruments to improve and develop new ocean observing technologies. These include:

EU project Arctic Passion logo

With €15 M funding from the EU’s H2020 programme, the Arctic PASSION project (2021 – 2025) will promote the integration of international environmental observing systems for the Arctic and improve the tailoring of these systems to the needs of various user groups ranging from local inhabitants to academia through to industry and decision-makers.

The EUMarineRobots project aims to provide access to key national and regional marine robotics research infrastructures (RIs) to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development to establish a world-­class marine robotics integrated infrastructure. It proposes an access infrastructure for the deployment of a full-range of aerial, surface and sub-surface marine robotic assets, the combined value of which is far greater than the sum of their parts

The EU H2020 EuroSea project will strengthen European ocean observing and forecasting as an integrated entity within a global context for the European seas and the Atlantic. While advancing the technical readiness and integration of the ocean observing networks, customised services and products focused on operational services, ocean health, and climate are being developed through close dialogue between scientists, developers, and end-users to support the development of the blue economy.

With research becoming increasingly significant for the blue economy and sea ecology, underwater and surface drones have risen in importance. Ocean gliders, in particular, have become essential vehicles to carry scientific payloads for most environmental observations from the surface down to 6000 m. The GROOM II project will build on previous efforts to develop glider infrastructure to meet different demands requiring customized payloads and operations. The project will define the overall organisation of an infrastructure dedicated to ocean research and innovation, and maritime services supporting Blue Growth. This infrastructure will be a positive step against today’s fragmented European landscape, aiding connections and synergies for the completion of GOOS and EOOS.

NAUTILOS will develop a new generation of sensors and samplers for physical, chemical and biological essential ocean variables in addition to micro- and nanoplastics.

TechOceanS will develop nine innovative technologies and methods for deep sea sensing, sample collection and on-board analysis, and AI-driven image processing and transmission.