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.