Improving and Integrating European Ocean Observing and Forecasting Systems for Sustainable use of the Oceans

Improving and Integrating European Ocean Observing and Forecasting Systems for Sustainable use of the Oceans
Our oceans are a vital source of wealth, but ocean monitoring systems are inadequate and lower management capacity. Scientists agree that oceans need an observation system coordinated at an international level. The EU-funded EuroSea project aims to coordinate a wide range of European actors towards integrating national systems for an international observation system. The project will advance a system that will collect ocean information data important for blue growth and sustainable ocean management. It will advance technology readiness levels (TRLs) of crucial components required for ocean observation systems and improve international coordination of ocean monitoring to ensure ocean health and optimal resource utilisation. Although the Ocean is a fundamental part of the global system providing a wealth of resources, there are fundamental gaps in ocean observing and forecasting systems, limiting our capacity in Europe to sustainably manage the ocean and its resources. Ocean observing is “big science” and cannot be solved by individual nations; it is necessary to ensure high-level integration for coordinated observations of the ocean that can be sustained in the long term. EuroSea brings together key European actors of ocean observation and forecasting with key end users of ocean observations, responding to the Future of the Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative. Our vision is a truly interdisciplinary ocean observing system that delivers the essential ocean information needed for the wellbeing, blue growth and sustainable management of the ocean. EuroSea will strengthen the European and Global Ocean Observing System (EOOS and GOOS) and support its partners. EuroSea will increase the technology readiness levels (TRL) of critical components of ocean observations systems and tools, and in particular the TRL of the integrated ocean observing system. EuroSea will improve: European and international coordination; design of the observing system adapted to European needs; in situ observing networks; data delivery; integration of remote and in-situ data; and forecasting capability. EuroSea will work towards integrating individual observing elements to an integrated observing system, and will connect end-users with the operators of the observing system and information providers. EuroSea will demonstrate the utility of the European Ocean Observing System through three demonstration activities focused on operational services, ocean health and climate, where a dialogue between actors in the ocean observing system will guide the development of the services, including market replication and innovation supporting the development of the blue economy.
November 2019
Dezember 2023
Bewilligungssumme (gesamt)
Bewilligungssumme (GEOMAR)
Zuwendungsgeber / Programm
    EU / H2020, Blue Growth
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany
EuroGOOS, Belgium
UNESCO, France
Mercator Ocean, France
University of Bologna, Italy
Marine Institute, Ireland
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain
Ecole Normale Superieure, France
Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), France
Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Italy
University of Bergen, Norway
United Kingdom Research and Innovation, UK
University of Sorbonne, France
Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB), Spain
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), UK
Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Oceanology, Poland
Institute for the World Economy (IFW), Germany
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium
Institut De Science Et Ethique, France
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA), Italy
IEEE French Section, France
European Marine Board IVZW, Belgium
Institut Mines-Télécom, France
Ocean Next, France
Fundacion AZTI, Spain
Ports of the State, Spain
Ove Arup & Partners International Limited, UK
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway
MET Office, UK
Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN), Spain
University of Bremen, Germany
University of Porto, Portugal
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany
ETT SPA, Italy
Nologin Conculting SL, Spain
Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
Danish Meteorological Institute, Denmark
Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia
National Research Council, Italy
Research Institute for Development (IRD), France
University of Cambridge, UK
Aanderaa Data Instruments AS, Norway
World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Switzerland
Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Brazil
Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Dalhousie University, Canada
National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK