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.
Established in 2020, the committee builds on the experience provided by EuroGOOS, European Research Infrastructures and earth observation agencies, research vessel operators and network of marine stations, as well as the EuroGOOS Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems (ROOS), task teams and working groups.
It also builds on and supports the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), through the GOOS National Focal Points as the principal liaison point with each nation to establish 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 membership includes:
- GOOS National Focal Points in Europe;
- European Research Infrastructure (ESFRI);
- EuroGOOS Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems (ROOS);
- EuroGOOS Task Teams;
- Other relevant implementers.
As of 10 March 2021, the Operations Committee chair is Laurent Delauney (Ifremer, France) and vice-chair is Inga Lips (EuroGOOS).
The Operations Committee is supported by Ana Lara-Lopez, Science Officer, EuroGOOS