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Strengthening Europe's Capability in Biological Ocean Observations (Future Science Brief)

Europe lacks a multi-purpose integrated biological ocean observing system. The Future Science Brief recommends building an integrated biological ocean observation system, while supporting current capacity.

Enhancing and supporting the European biological ocean observing capacity will:

  • bring benefits to society by underpinning sustainable management of human activity in the marine environment (CFP, WFD); 
  • strengthen the implementation of the marine biodiversity conservation (CBD) and good environmental status assessment (MSFD);
  • meet user needs and requirements for MSP by promoting the development of an integrated system; and
  • assess progress against national and international conservation targets (e.g. Aichi Targets from the Convention on Biological Diversity), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Blue Growth agenda.

Europe needs a strategic vision on biological ocean observations to increase the relevant biological ocean observation capacity, and bring together key stakeholders, to provide the long-term support for an integrated ocean observing system that contributes to the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) and harmonized with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

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