AtlantOS Project: IOC joins the efforts to develop an Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO is a Consortium member of the AtlantOS project, a large scale EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation initiative aimed at optimizing and enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System. As one of the 62 organizations involved in the project, IOC works with partners from 18 different countries to further integrate ocean observing activities for the Atlantic region.
The overarching objective of the four-year project is to deliver an advanced framework for the development of a truly Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System that provides a legacy of sustainability well beyond project’s lifetime. The project engages all of the Atlantic Rim Member States and mobilizes Consortium members to improve the design and integration of disparate observing networks. Where existing ocean observing activities are producing fragmented and field-specific data, AtlantOS aims to achieve a coordinated, efficient and fit for purpose integrated observing system for the Atlantic Ocean.
The AtlantOS project is an opportunity for IOC to apply its knowledge and expertise to the specific context of the Atlantic Ocean. As the leading coordinator of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), IOC provides observing services that directly help improve operational oceanography and contribute to producing high quality forecasts and developing monitoring activities. GOOS is helping expand the reach of issues addressed in the project through new observing networks and technology – notably sustained basin-scale ocean observations.
Within AtlantOS, IOC activities focus on analyzing the adequacy of the existing observing and information system, refining scientific system design for sustained AtlantOS observations, improving the readiness of observing networks and data systems, engaging various stakeholders around the Atlantic, and strengthening the European contribution to ocean and Earth observing systems.
AtlantOS held its second annual meeting in Kiel (Germany) on 28-30 June 2016. The event included meetings for AtlantOS work packages as well as discussions on biodiversity and fishery issues.
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