Building a European Ocean Observing System

8 September 2016

Meeting point 14:00-14:30 at Info Point (meeting 15:00-18:00)
European Parliament
Room A3G3 (Altiero Spinelli Building, 3rd Floor, Wing G, Room 3)
Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels

Hosted by:
Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP

Agenda, 15:00 – 18:00, Room A3G3

  • Opening
    Ricardo Serrão Santos, Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
  • The EOOS vision
    Glenn Nolan, Secretary General, European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS)
  • Ocean observinga global priority
    Vladimir Ryabinin
    , Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO – IOC)
  • Importance of sustained and integrated ocean observing for Europe
    Bernhard Friess, Director for Atlantic, Outermost Regions and Arctic, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
  • The value of ocean observing
    Jan-Stefan Fritz, Head of Brussels Office, German Marine Research Consortium
  • European ocean observing: is it fit-for-purpose and what are the gaps?
    Martin Visbeck, Coordinator of European Commission AtlantOS project – Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems / Head of Unit, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • European basin scale perspective: how society around the Mediterranean Sea benefits from ocean observations?
    Joaquin Tintore, Director, Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB), Spain
  • Challenges in biological observations
    Amanda E Bates, Lecturer, University of Southampton, UK
  • Building EOOS: stakeholder consultation and next steps
    Niall McDonough, Executive Secretary, European Marine Board (EMB)
  • Panel discussion
    Moderator: Jacky Wood, Joint Programming Initiative on Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans, JPI Oceans
    Gesine Meissner, Member of the European Parliament
    Marco Affronte, Member of the European Parliament
    Ricardo Serrão Santos, Member of the European Parliament
    Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO – IOC)
    Bernhard Friess, Director, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
    Sigi Gruber, Head of Marine Resources Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Closing
    Ricardo Serrão Santos, Member of European Parliament (MEP)

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 will bring 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 will help building the foundation of the future EOOS.

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