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EOOS - European Ocean Observing System

Since 2014 EMB has been an active promoter for the development of an end-to-end European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) to align, integrate and promote Europe's ocean observing capacity.

Towards an end-to-end European Ocean Observing System (EOOS)

Sustained ocean observations are crucial to track and understand the complex and vast oceanic environment, providing data, products and services to underpin a knowledge-driven society. The ocean observing capacity across Europe is fragmented and complex, however, there is a growing recognition of the need to build a comprehensive, end-to-end European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) to coordinate, align and integrate Europe’s ocean observing capacity in the long term. EOOS is a coordinating framework which will enable strategic planning of European ocean observing, break down institutional barriers, and make ocean observing more efficient and effective at different geographical scales, and for different users. EMB is working with EuroGOOS and related organizations and stakeholders to facilitate this development.

The concept of a truly end-end European Ocean Observation system was first formally endorsed at the EurOCEAN 2010 conference where the resulting Ostend Declaration called for policy makers to "Support the development of a truly integrated and sustainably funded European Ocean Observing System to establish Europe's global leading role." And in June 2013, EMB published Navigating the Future IV, with chapter 11 dedicated to 'EOOS'. This set out four pillars for an end-to-end EOOS, namely stakeholders, infrastructure, data services and outputs (products and services). At EurOCEAN 2014, EMB Chair Jan Mees and EuroGOOS Chair Erik Buch made a joint statement to promote the development of EOOS. Since then these organizations have worked together to develop EOOS governance and stakeholder engagement

 

EOOS time-line and EMB contribution

  • EOOS Conference (21-23 November 2018, The Egg (175 Bara Street), Brussels), “Evolving EOOS: Connecting communities for end-to-end solutions”. EMB co-organizer with EMODnet, EuroGOOS and the European Commission. Registerarion is now closed but you can find the draft programme online
  • 4th GEO Blue Planet Symposium (4-6 July 2018; Toulouse, France). EMB presentation and panelist for Session 2: Producing and Deriving Coastal and Ocean Information on EOOS; and several posters on EOOS, Biological Ocean Observations and AtlantOS.
  • EOOS Events Advisory Committee (2018) (EMB supporting Secretariat)
  • Open consultation on EOOS Strategy and Implementation Plan (25 April – 15 June 2018), The draft EOOS Strategy and Implementation Plan were developed by EMB, EuroGOOS and the EOOS Steering Committee based on the stakeholder consultation 2016-2017 and the EOOS Forum, 2018. The updated Strategy and Implementation Plan are now available online
  • EOOS Forum (8 March 2018, Area 42, Brussels), “Integrated and sustained ocean observing: a European strategy". Listen to the Webinar and read the EOOS Forum News item
  • Open public stakeholder consultation on EOOS (December 2016 – 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 consultation aimed at scoping the stakeholders’ buy-in to the EOOS concept and the priorities of the EOOS focus. In total 115 responses were received, and the vast majority of the respondents endorsed the EOOS concept and the need for a coordinating framework for the European Ocean Observing. Summary report
  • EOOS European Parliament Event (8 September 2016, Brussels, Belgium), presentation of EOOS progress and of a consultation document at a dedicated European Parliament event hosted by MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos.
  • EOOS Steering Committee (EMB co-Chair 2016-2018)
  • EOOS Expert Workshop (12 – 13 May 2015, Brussels, Belgium) The workshop brought together experts from the marine scientific and operational oceanographic communities to develop a roadmap, time-line and governance structure for EOOS.


More background is available at the EOOS website. For any queries please contact the organizers at info@eoos-ocean.eu or the EMB and EuroGOOS Secretariats directly.


General Activities Ocean Observing

 

Contacts at European Marine Board Secretariat: Kate Larkin Email and Ángel E. Muñiz Piniella Email