The EOOS Operations Committee is part of the EOOS governance representing the ocean observing implementers at national, regional and pan-European levels to help with the long-term sustainability of the ocean observing efforts in Europe and to implement EOOS progressively.
The committee will build on the experience provided by EuroGOOS, European Marine Board, European Research Infrastructures, as well as the EuroGOOS Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems (ROOS), task teams and working groups. It will also build on and support the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), through the GOOS National Focal Points as the principal liaison point with each nation with the aim of establishing a two-way dialogue between the national implementers of ocean observing, EOOS and GOOS. The Operations Committee’s key responsibilities are to:
- Provide information about relevant strategic opportunities for EOOS;
- Specify system requirements to meet user needs sustainably for ocean observing;
- Support and enable the EOOS implementation plan where relevant and practicable by liaising with implementers at a national level and seeking synergies with adjacent nations, as well as regional and pan-European levels;
- Give advice to the EOOS Steering Group about changes in the ocean observing landscape at the European and international level;
- Contribute to the mapping of infrastructure, technology and human capacities;
- Identify shared priorities and advise on EOOS added value.
The Operations Committee will be established in 2020 with the kick-off meeting planned in November 2020. It’s membership will include:
- GOOS National Focal Points;
- European Research Infrastructure (ESFRI);
- EuroGOOS Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems (ROOS);
- EuroGOOS Task Teams;
- Other relevant implementers.
The Operations Committee is supported by Ana Lara-Lopez, Science Officer, EuroGOOS