Ocean observation and research infrastructures | European Marine Board

Ocean observation and research infrastructures

Ocean observations, are needed to monitor and understand the marine environment and how it is changing. Such data and knowledge can be used for multiple purposes including scientific research, providing knowledge to produce base-lines for assessments and underpinning sustainable management of the ocean and its living and non-living resources, and to support sustainable marine and maritime industries contributing to the Blue economy. Europe has a large and diverse capability in marine research infrastructures and wider ocean observing platforms. However, many of these lack coordination and sustainable funding. For this reason, since 2014 Europe has been developing a framework for the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS)  to connect Europe’s diverse stakeholder communities and observing implementers, users and funders.


EMB activities


Throughout its activities EMB continues to work with relevant networks and initiatives, including EuroGOOS, EMODnet, EuroMarine, JPI OceansCopernicus CMEMS, and has regular dialogue with the European Commission and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.