EU4OceanObs works to promote ocean literacy among all world citizens for better understanding of the ocean and the challenges it faces, and to increase international commitment to and public engagement in support of global ocean observations for a sustainable ocean.
The European Commission seeks to raise public awareness about the many challenges facing the ocean, and the critical role of ocean data and information in monitoring ocean health, climate change and contributing to a sustainable blue economy. To this end, European infrastructures, programmes, networks and projects carry out various ocean literacy actions, through which ocean science and knowledge is shared with all citizens, from policy makers, to scientific experts, to private companies, to the general public. This in turn increases public support for global ocean observation and ocean science, and promotes the uptake of ocean information and derived marine applications, contributing to informed decision-making and global sustainable ocean initiatives.
As part of its communication activities, EU4OceanObs will promote European-funded global ocean literacy initiatives focusing on global ocean observations and their use to address societal challenges, as well as work to develop outreach tools to complement these initiatives.