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AtlantOS: Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System


Project type:

EU H2020, Topic: BG-08-2014 Call: H2020-BG-2014-2


51 months (1 April 2015 – 30 June 2019)




62 partners including international partners in USA, Canada, South Africa


GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany


EMB role:

Co-lead of WP 10 “Engagement, Dissemination and Communication”















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, 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 the Atlantic Ocean Observing System 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 the the Atlantic Ocean Observing System.

The AtlantOS vision is to create together with the ocean community a coordinated, efficient, sustainable and purposeful system. The legacy of AtlantOS will be a BluePrint for Atlantic Ocean Observing, an implementation plan beyond the EU funding period, which is under development with the wider international Atlantic ocean observing community. A workshop on 4-5 June 2018 in Brussels will prepare a European vision and contribution to the BluePrint.

Learn more about AtlantOS in this short video.

European Marine Board Role:

EMB is a co-leader of Work Package 10 “Engagement, Dissemination and Communication”

(WP10 is led by KDM; Jan-Stefan Fritz)

EMB are involved in the coordination of WP10 activities, including development of the AtlantOS Engagement Strategy and set up of the external advisory boards such as the Engagement Board. This role involves EMB representation (Kate Larkin) on the AtlantOS Steering Committe. 

EMB lead Task 10.6: AtlantOS in the Context of a European Ocean Observing System 

This task looks into current and emerging governance and coordination of ocean observing systems with a specific focus on the Atlantic Ocean (AtlantOS) and the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) to strengthen coordination and alignment of Regional ocean observing systems. It will build on work achieved in AtlantOS to inform the European research agenda and drive forward ocean observation as a priority area for the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance agreed by the EU, USA and Canada. The report will further develop the vision for an integrated and sustained ocean observing system as articulated in the publications of the European Marine Board, including the strategic foresight paper Navigating the Future IV (European Marine Board, 2013) and the joint EMB and EuroGOOS publication (2008) EMODnet: A vision for an end-to-end, integrated, interoperable and user-oriented network of European marine observation and data systems.

As part of this task, EMB are also co-leading the development of a European vision 2030 for the Atlantic Ocean Observing System, as a European contribution to the BluePrint (AtlantOS and wider Atlantic Ocean Observing legacy).

Related to this, EMB are also co-Chair of the European Ocean Observing System Steering Group which is led jointly with EuroGOOS. Read more about EMB's contribution to European Ocean Observing can be found here.

EMB representation on  AtlantOS Executive Board

Voting and adoption of the full Executive Board took place at the first AtlantOS General Assembly on 10-12 June 2015. The full membership for the AtlantOS Executive Board is: Martin Visbeck (coordinator, GEOMAR, Germany), Matthew Mowlem (NOC, UK), Albert Fischer (IOC), Pierre Yves Le Traon (Ifremer, France), Sabrina Speich (LPO/IUEM, France), Kate Larkin (EMB).


  • AtlantOS Final meeting, 26-28 March 2019, IOC, Paris - SAVE THE DATE
  • AtlantOS Vision workshop, 4-5 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium
  • Atlanos 3rd annual meeting, 21-23 November 2017, Gran Canaria, Spain
  • AtlantOS 2nd annual meeting, 28-30 June 2016, Kiel, Germany
  • AtlantOS Kick-Off meeting, 10-12 June, Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

KoM presentations:

Press release:

EMB Secretariat representatives: Kate Larkin Email