A full-day EOOS forum on 8 March brought together 80 ocean science managers, researchers, policymakers and private companies on the topic of ocean observations.
The information required to do business, research or ensure security at sea is based on an array of ocean observing infrastructures. We rely heavily on ocean information, but its sources are disparate, with measurements taken for various purposes, over disrupted time scales, and to different standards. Europe, trying to capitalize on the shared benefits of cooperation in ocean research and the blue economy, needs an end-to-end and sustained European Ocean Observing System (EOOS), allowing all users and implementers of ocean observations find information and help they need.
The EOOS framework is being developed by EuroGOOS and European Marine Board with experts and advisers from many regional, national and pan-European organizations. While there’s a broad agreement that such a framework is urgently needed for Europe, it is still unclear how exactly to fulfill this ambitious task. At the EOOS forum on 8 March, delegates brainstormed on the critical EOOS questions, including system design tools, funding, governance, technologies and innovation, as well as communications.
‘Without ocean observations we are living in the dark’ was stated at one of the group discussions, but ‘a cultural step change is needed to break the silos between multiple stakeholders’. EOOS will gather information on monitoring plans, discuss funding priorities, and engage with new partners. EOOS will also help make a business case for ocean observations and allow the community to reach out to governments, engage more systematically with regional efforts and inform pan-European research programming. EOOS forum delegates strongly emphasized the need to listen to the needs of various ocean observing users, to ensure EOOS is genuinely fit-for-purpose.
An EOOS strategy and implementation plan will take on board the valuable intellectual inputs from the EOOS forum. These documents will present an EOOS vision and concrete steps over the coming five years and be open for stakeholder consultation in the spring. The finalized drafts will be presented for adoption at the EOOS conference on 21-23 November.
The EOOS Forum on 8 March 2018: Towards a European strategy for a truly integrated and sustained ocean observing – Registration Open!
Registration is open for the EOOS Forum taking place at Area 42 in Brussels on 8 March 2018. The forum will bring together the main ocean observing funders, implementers and users in Europe. It will examine the extent to which the current observing systems are sustainable today, and what opportunities and threats there are.
Initiated by the EOOS Steering Group as the main forum for an integrated European Ocean Observing System, the event will discuss the EOOS strategy, developed further to the stakeholder consultation Dec. 2016- Jan. 2017, and seek feedback from the funders, implementers and users on the way forward.
The EOOS Forum will take place on Thursday 8 March 2018, at ‘Area 42’, Rue des Palais 46, 1030 Brussels, Belgium.
Further information and registration are available on the forum web page of this website.
Two major EOOS stakeholder events will take place in Brussels in 2018.
8 March 2018: EOOS Forum “Integrated and sustained ocean observing: a European strategy”, AREA 42 (46 rue des Palais, 1030 Brussels).
21-23 November 2018: EOOS Conference “Evolving EOOS: Connecting communities for end-to-end solutions”, The Egg (175 Bara Street, 1070 Brussels).
Further information will be released on this website soon. In the meantime, for any queries please contact the organizers at info[at]eoos-ocean.eu
A summary report of the EOOS open stakeholder consultation is now available (download). The consultation ran for six weeks and received 115 responses from 30 countries. Respondents included research institutes, ocean observation and marine monitoring organizations, industry, public authorities, and ocean observing experts responding in personal capacity.
Stakeholders acknowledged a critical need for a better coordination of European ocean observations. 91% agreed that EOOS could provide such coordination framework, building on existing efforts. Respondents proposed that EOOS early actions should be fostering links across existing ocean observing and data initiatives gaining commitment and support at national and European level.
EOOS Consultation Results Summary (857.3 KiB)
EOOS Consultation Results Overview (2.0 MiB)
The EOOS open stakeholder consultation was completed at the end of January 2017. The results are currently being analysed by the EOOS Steering Group and the co-chairing organizations, EuroGOOS and European Marine Board (EMB). 115 respondents from 30 countries submitted their responses. Half of the responses were on behalf of an institution (agency, institute, ministry, pan-European network). The support to the EOOS concept outlined in the Consultation Document was overwhelming. The first proposed actions were also supported by a vast majority, those are: to characterize the existing European ocean observing landscape, to deliver a business case (economic and non-economic assessment) for ocean observing, and to foster links across existing ocean observing and data initiatives. Many valuable comments were received as free text submissions and are currently being analysed. The EOOS Steering Group met in Brussels on 9 February 2017 to discuss the results, and the consultation report which will be delivered in Spring 2017.
EuroGOOS and EMB with the advice from the EOOS Steering Group, opened this stakeholder consultation on EOOS during six weeks running through December 2016 and January 2017. The consultation collected views from the European ocean observing community and wider stakeholders spanning policy, industry and national agencies, on what EOOS should look like and how it should be run.
The preliminary results of the EOOS open stakeholder consultation were presented by Glenn Nolan, co-chair of the EOOS Steering Group, at the EMODnet Conference on 15 February 2017. Slides from this presentation, prepared joinly by EuroGOOS and EMB, are available on this EOOS website (download or visit the EOOS materials page to discover this and other outputs).
From 12 December until 20 January 2017, an open stakeholder consultation is launched to help design an integrated and sustained European Ocean Observing System, EOOS. The consultation targets a wide European community of ocean data providers, infrastructure managers, technology developers, data users, and broader ocean observing stakeholders.
This survey is critical to collect views from the European ocean observing community and wider stakeholders and to inform any decision-making about a future EOOS.
The need for an end-to-end integrated and sustained European Ocean Observing System, EOOS, has been expressed by the oceanographic and scientific community during the development of the European Integrated Maritime Policy in 2007. Since then, EOOS has featured in a number of scientific and science-policy documents. An overview of those developments is available here. Through those documents, a need for EOOS has been expressed at both regional and pan-European levels. However, to design an efficient and sustained EOOS concrete stakeholder recommendations are needed, as well as a policy buy-in.
The consultation survey was designed by the EOOS Steering Group brought together by EuroGOOS and the European Marine Board, in their consolidated actions to make EOOS a reality.
Building EOOS EP Event Summary (563.3 KiB)
Building EOOS EP Event Agenda (283.8 KiB)
Building EOOS EP Event Flyer (904.5 KiB)
The need for an end-to-end integrated and sustained European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) has been expressed by the oceanographic and scientific community during the development of the Integrated Maritime Policy in 2007. In 2008, EuroGOOS and European Marine Board released a joint vision document (pdf) to outline the concept of this framework. Since then, EOOS has featured in a number of scientific and science-policy documents. An overview of those developments is available here.
In 2016, after a successful brainstorming workshop, EuroGOOS and European Marine Board convened an expert panel acting as EOOS Steering Group. The Steering Group has developed a consultation document to collect feedback for the EOOS implementation roadmap and launch it for a wide stakeholder consultation.
On 8 September 2016, the EOOS progress and the consultation document were presented at a dedicated event at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos.
EOOS is seen as a light and flexible coordinating framework to help manage and improve the existing observing effort, making it more efficient and effective at different geographical scales, and for different end-users.
More on the EOOS event at the European Parliament
The ocean is a crucial driver of our climate, a source of oxygen, water, food, energy and raw materials, and a medium for tourism, transport and commerce. Our future depends on the ocean health and its ability to deliver goods and services, and the global ocean has been valued at US$24 trillion placing it among the largest world economies (WWF 2015). Acquiring knowledge and information for using and exploring the ocean space and resources requires state-of-the-art ocean observing technologies, waterborne fixed and mobile observatories, and space observations. In addition to delivering services to a large number of economic sectors, ocean observing is in itself an important economic activity generating a considerable amount of jobs.
Prediction of natural hazards (e.g. tsunamis and storm surges), marine spatial planning, search and rescue operations, as well as ecosystem and climate modelling, rely on ocean observing. It also gives the prerequisite information for exploring new ocean technologies for biotechnology, renewable energy as well as oil, gas and mineral exploitation in the deep sea. The implementation of European Directives (e.g. MSFD, MSP, WFD ), and Policies (CFP, MSS, etc.) require marine data delivered for management actions at sea and at the coast. Such data of high quality and resolution seamlessly shared from different sources will contribute to the development of the European Digital Single Market.
An integrated and sustained European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) will bring together marine observations from coast to the open ocean and from surface to deep sea, promote partnerships for infrastructure funding and data sharing, align with user needs and technological innovation, and fill the real need for cross-disciplinary research and multi-stakeholder engagement (ESFRI 2016). EOOS will deliver a vision, roadmap, and a common focal point for European ocean observing research and technology. It will bring a real added value to existing efforts, empowering those who are working to advance ocean observing in Europe, catalysing new initiatives in a strategic way, targeting identified gaps and speaking with a wide range of stakeholders.
The EOOS event at the European Parliament brought European policy and decision makers together with the ocean observing community, to engage in a direct dialogue and discussions on needs and ambitions for a strong and integrated European ocean observing capacity. This event helped building the foundation of the future EOOS.