The EU4OceanObs Action Coordinator of GEO Blue Planet component, heads the GEO Blue Planet EU Office, established and hosted by Mercator Ocean International. The EU Office, together with the US Office, make up the GEO Blue Planet secretariat, which provides scientific and logistical support to all GEO Blue Planet activities, and develops partnerships.
Specifically, the EU4OceanObs’ component on the GEO Blue Planet initiative will
- Monitor and promote relevant EU-supported programmes, projects and activities within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and GEO Blue Planet communities such as Copernicus Services (including Copernicus Marine), Horizon 2020 / Horizon Europe projects, the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet), and European Research Infrastructures, among others
- Promote Blue Planet activities which are beneficial for Europe and develop partnerships and linkages with EU programmes
- Provide technical and coordination support to the international GEO and GEO Blue Planet activities and events (EuroGEO, AfriGEO, GEO Week, GEO Blue Planet Symposium)
- Promote the use of ocean observations across the value chain for the development of sustainable applications and best practices related to seas and the ocean with training, technology transfer and scientific exchanges
- Co-lead the GEO/GEO BP Coordination Working Group to strengthen the cooperation and linkages between the two organisations
- Integrate relevant EU priority areas into Blue Planet activities, ensuring coordination of activities supported by EU4OceanObs Action Coordinator of the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative, notably in the Atlantic, Arctic sea and the European sea basins
EU-led GEO Blue Planet Working Groups
The GEO Blue Planet EU coordination team, supported by EU4OceanObs, (co)leads the following GEO Blue Planet Working Groups. For a full list of the GEO Blue Planet working groups, click here. All GEO Blue Planet activities support and contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.