With the establishment of the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) as a coordinating framework for better alignment and integration of Europe´s ocean observing capacity, and the results from its recent stakeholder consultation, it is appropriate to reflect on the role Eurocean Members, complementary initiatives such as those of the European Research Vessel Operators (ERVO) and other public and private stakeholders can play in developing and supporting an EOOS action plan.
In order to reach its goals, EOOS requires the support of all relevant actors including those with experience in the strategic development and implementation of trans-regional and trans-national access to large infrastructure and in the integration of marine environmental parameters from several programme and projects. For example there are open questions concerning the use of Research Vessels for data acquisition, but also as fundamental tools to support the installation, verification and maintenance of fixed observational system; the assembling of ocean variables from coastal/deep sea to underpin environmental assessments and the geographical scope of the EOOS action plan.
The objectives of this half day event, organised by Eurocean and its Member the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), is to share information on recent developments and future plans for ocean observations in Europe and to discuss existing regional and European-wide ocean observation and supporting initiatives.
The discussion will address the principal EOOS key drivers (research, technology, societal and environmental) to gain a better understanding on the status and gaps in the European observing capacity at different geographical scales. Moreover, it is an occasion to learn from the experience of participants in relation to existing efforts in the coordination and streamlining of usage of marine research infrastructure and marine data collection. Finally the workshop will aim to clarify potential roles for EurOcean, its members and related initiatives in relation to EOOS.
Speakers have been invited from the European Commission, EuroGOOS, the European Marine Board (EMB), the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and from among the membership of Eurocean.