Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System


The overarching objective of AtlantOS is to achieve a transition from a loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS), by defining requirements and systems design, improving the readiness of observing networks and data systems, and engaging stakeholders around the Atlantic; and leaving a legacy and strengthened contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). AtlantOS will fill existing in-situ observing system gaps and will ensure that data are readily accessible and useable. AtlantOS will demonstrate the utility of integrating in-situ and Earth observing satellite based observations towards informing a wide range of sectors using the Copernicus Marine Monitoring Services and the European Marine Observation and Data Network and connect them with similar activities around the Atlantic. AtlantOS will support activities to share, integrate and standardize in-situ observations, reduce the cost by network optimization and deployment of new technologies, and increase the competitiveness of European industries, and particularly of the small and medium enterprises of the marine sector. AtlantOS will promote innovation, documentation and exploitation of innovative observing systems. All AtlantOS work packages will strengthen the trans-Atlantic collaboration, through close interaction with partner institutions from Canada, United States, and the South Atlantic region. AtlantOS will develop a results-oriented dialogue with key stakeholders communities to enable a meaningful exchange between the products and services that IAOOS can deliver and the demands and needs of the stakeholder communities. Finally, AtlantOS will establish a structured dialogue with funding bodies, including the European Commission, USA, Canada and other countries to ensure sustainability and adequate growth of IAOOS.

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:
Seascape Consultants Ltd (United Kingdom)
T.E. Laboratories Limited (Ireland)
Havforskningsinstituttet (Norway)
INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK-Polish: Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
CIIMAR - Centro interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental - Gabinete Financeiro e Contabilidade - Novo Edificio do Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões (Portugal)
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (United Kingdom)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (United States of America)
Vlaams Instituut Voor De Zee Vzw (Belgium)
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark)
Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut (Denmark)
European Science Foundation (France)
Unesco (France)
Awi Alfred Wegener Institut Helmholtz Zentrum Fur Polar Und Meeresforschung (Germany)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Ett Spa (Italy)
(Nioz) Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Voor Zeeonderzoek (Netherlands)
Mariene Informatie Service Maris Bv (Netherlands)
Consorcio Para El Diseno, Construccion, Equipamiento Y Explotacion De La Plataforma Oceanica De Canarias (Spain)
European Centre For Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (United Kingdom)
Havstovan (Faroe Islands)
Ird Institut De Recherche Pour Le Developpement (France)
C.N.R.S. Delegation Centre-Est (France)
Ribocon GmbH (Germany)
Niva - Norwegian Institute For Water Research (Norway)
Universidade Do Algarve (Portugal)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)
Blue Lobster It Limited (United Kingdom)
University of Exeter (United Kingdom)
EuroGOOS AISBL-Global Ocean Observing System (Belgium)
Eumetnet-Groupement D'Interet Economique (Belgium)
Ministerio Da Ciencia E Tecnologia (Brazil)
Ifremer-Institut Francais De Recherche Pour L'Exploitation De La Mer (France)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (France)
Max Planck - Innovation Gmbh (Germany)
develogic GmbH (Germany)
Fondazione CMCC - Centro Euro Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici (Italy)
University Of Plymouth (United Kingdom)
Sir Alister Hardy Foundation For Ocean Science (United Kingdom)
MEOPAR Incorporated (Canada)
Bruncin (Croatia)
International Council For The Exploration Of The Sea (Denmark)
Ieee France Section (France)
Mercator Ocean (France)
Acri-St Sas (France)
CONTROS Systems & Solutions GmbH (Germany)
Marine Institute (Mi) (Ireland)
Daithi O'Murchu Marine Research Station Ltd (Ireland)
Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia (Spain)
SAMS LTD Scottish Marine Institute (United Kingdom)
Met Office (United Kingdom)
Dalhousie University (Canada)
Universitetet i Bergen - University of Bergen (Norway)
Council For Scientific And Industrial Research-Csir (South Africa)
Euro-Argo ERIC (France)
Marlin-Yug Ltd (Ukraine)
Nke Instrumentation Sarl (France)
CLU srl (Italy)
Imar- Instituto Do Mar (Portugal)
Science And Technologyfacilities Council Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (United Kingdom)
Collecte Localisation Satellites Sa (France)
Universitaet Bremen (Germany)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 20.652.921,00
Project Duration in months: 51
Start Date: 01/04/2015
End Date: 30/06/2019

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

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633211 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633211