Improving and Integrating European Ocean Observing and Forecasting Systems for Sustainable use of the Oceans


Although the Ocean is a fundamental part of the global system providing a wealth of resources, there are fundamental gaps in ocean observing and forecasting systems, limiting our capacity in Europe to sustainably manage the ocean and its resources. Ocean observing is “big science” and cannot be solved by individual nations; it is necessary to ensure high-level integration for coordinated observations of the ocean that can be sustained in the long term. EuroSea brings together key European actors of ocean observation and forecasting with key end users of ocean observations, responding to the Future of the Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative. Our vision is a truly interdisciplinary ocean observing system that delivers the essential ocean information needed for the wellbeing, blue growth and sustainable management of the ocean. EuroSea will strengthen the European and Global Ocean Observing System (EOOS and GOOS) and support its partners. EuroSea will increase the technology readiness levels (TRL) of critical components of ocean observations systems and tools, and in particular the TRL of the integrated ocean observing system. EuroSea will improve: European and international coordination; design of the observing system adapted to European needs; in situ observing networks; data delivery; integration of remote and in-situ data; and forecasting capability. EuroSea will work towards integrating individual observing elements to an integrated observing system, and will connect end-users with the operators of the observing system and information providers. EuroSea will demonstrate the utility of the European Ocean Observing System through three demonstration activities focused on operational services, ocean health and climate, where a dialogue between actors in the ocean observing system will guide the development of the services, including market replication and innovation supporting the development of the blue economy.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Nadia Pinardi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Augusto Righi"

Helmholtz Zentrum Fur Ozeanforschung Kiel(Germany)

Other Participants:
University Of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Sorbonne Universite (France)
Mercator Ocean (France)
Euro-Argo ERIC (France)
École Normale Supérieure (France)
Unesco (France)
Awi Alfred Wegener Institut Helmholtz Zentrum Fur Polar Und Meeresforschung (Germany)
Hellenic Centre For Marine Research (Greece)
ISPRA - Istituto Superiore per la protezione e la ricerca ambientale (Italy)
SOCIB- Consorcio para la construccion, equipamiento y explotacion del Sistema de Observacion Costero de las Illes Balears (Spain)
Science And Technology Facilities Council Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (United Kingdom)
European Centre For Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (United Kingdom)
Institut Royal Des Sciences Naturelles De Belgique (Belgium)
Universidade Federal De Pernambuco (Brazil)
Ifremer-Institut Francais De Recherche Pour L'Exploitation De La Mer (France)
Ieee France Section (France)
Universitaet Bremen (Germany)
Universidade Do Porto (Portugal)
Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (Spain)
Consorcio Para El Diseno, Construccion, Equipamiento Y Explotacion De La Plataforma Oceanica De Canarias (Spain)
Nologin Consulting Sl (Spain)
Institut Fuer Weltwirtschaft (Germany)
Marine Institute (Mi) (Ireland)
European Multidisciplinary Seafloorand Water Column Observatory - European Research Infrastructure Consortium - Emso Eric (Italy)
INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK-Polish: Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
Fundacion Azti (Spain)
Institut Mines-Telecom (France)
Acri-St Sas (France)
Institut De Science Et Ethique (France)
Fondazione CMCC - Centro Euro Mediterraneo per i Cambiamentii Climatici (Italy)
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Napoli (Italy)
Aanderaa Data Instruments As (Norway)
Universitetet i Bergen - University of Bergen (Norway)
European Marine Board Ivzw (Belgium)
Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut (Denmark)
Collecte Localisation Satellites Sa (France)
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy)
Ett Spa (Italy)
Niva - Norwegian Institute For Water Research (Norway)
EuroGOOS AISBL-Global Ocean Observing System (Belgium)
University Of Newfoundland - Canada (Canada)
Ird Institut De Recherche Pour Le Developpement (France)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (Italy)
Puertos del Estado (Spain)
Organisation Meteorologique Mondiale - Wmo (Switzerland)
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Dalhousie University (Canada)
Ocean Next (France)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)
Ove Arup & Partners International Limited (United Kingdom)
Met Office (United Kingdom)
Tallinna Tehnikaulikool (Estonia)
C.N.R.S. Delegation Centre-Est (France)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 12.266.772,50
Project Duration in months: 50
Start Date: 01/11/2019
End Date: 31/12/2023

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Oceans This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.