Towards an end-to-end European Ocean Observing System (EOOS)
Sustained ocean observations are crucial to track and understand the complex and vast oceanic environment, providing data, products and services to underpin a knowledge-driven society. The ocean observing capacity across Europe is fragmented and complex, however, there is a growing recognition of the need to build a comprehensive, end-to-end European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) to coordinate, align and integrate Europe’s ocean observing capacity in the long term. EOOS is a coordinating framework which will enable strategic planning of European ocean observing, break down institutional barriers, and make ocean observing more efficient and effective at different geographical scales, and for different users. EMB is working with EuroGOOS and related organizations and stakeholders to facilitate this development.
The concept of a truly end-end European Ocean Observation system was first formally endorsed at the EurOCEAN 2010 conference where the resulting Ostend Declaration called for policy makers to "Support the development of a truly integrated and sustainably funded European Ocean Observing System to establish Europe's global leading role." And in June 2013, EMB published Navigating the Future IV, with chapter 11 dedicated to 'EOOS'. This set out four pillars for an end-to-end EOOS, namely stakeholders, infrastructure, data services and outputs (products and services). At EurOCEAN 2014, EMB Chair Jan Mees and EuroGOOS Chair Erik Buch made a joint statement to promote the development of EOOS. Since then these organizations have worked together to develop EOOS governance and stakeholder engagement
EOOS time-line and EMB contribution
- EMB Policy Brief on Sustainable Funding for Ocean Observations
- H2020 EuroSea project: Improving and Integrating European Ocean Observing and Forecasting Systems for Sustainable use of the Oceans
- 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.
- EMB is leading the task on Foresight on Ocean Observation in Work Package 1, in collaboration with the partners EuroGOOS, IOC-UNESCO and GEOMAR.
- Post-2018 EOOS governance
- After the successful dedicated conference in 2018, EOOS moved towards implementation. This required an updated EOOS governance, including a revamped Steering Group, a permanent Advisory Committee, and the set up of a Resources Forum and an Operations Committee.
- EMB remains to be the co-Chair of the Steering Group and the Chair of the Advisory Committee.
- The EOOS Conference: “Evolving EOOS: Connecting communities for end-to-end solutions”
- The Conference was co-organised by EMB, EMODnet, EuroGOOS and the European Commission (DG MARE) on 21-23 November 2018 at The Egg in Brussels
- The outcomes from the conference are a "EOOS call to action" and a "EOOS Conference report".
- Twitter activity from the conference can be found via: #EOOSConference2018
- 4th GEO Blue Planet Symposium (4-6 July 2018; Toulouse, France).
- EMB presentation and panelist for Session 2: Producing and Deriving Coastal and Ocean Information on EOOS;
- several posters on EOOS, Biological Ocean Observations and AtlantOS.
- EMB Future Science Brief on Strengthening Europe’s Capability in Biological Ocean Observation
- EOOS Events Advisory Committee (2018) (EMB supporting Secretariat)
- EOOS Strategy and Implementation Plan (25 April – 15 June 2018).
- The draft EOOS Strategy and Implementation Plan were developed by EMB, EuroGOOS and the EOOS Steering Committee based on the stakeholder consultation that took place in 2016-2017.
- From these drafts, the updated Strategy and Implementation Plan were co-designed by the EOOS Steering Group based on the input from many wider stakeholders from the EOOS Advisory Committee, the EOOS Forum participants and summer 2018 Consultation.
- The summary of the open Consultation is available here.
- EOOS Forum “Integrated and sustained ocean observing: a European strategy".
- The EOOS Forum took place on 8 March 2018, in Area 42 in Brussels
- Listen to the Webinar
- More info is available in the EOOS Forum News item
- Open public stakeholder consultation on EOOS (December 2016 – January 2017)
- The consultation collected views from the European ocean observing community and wider stakeholders spanning policy, industry and national agencies, on what EOOS should look like and how it should be run. The consultation aimed at scoping the stakeholders’ buy-in to the EOOS concept and the priorities of the EOOS focus.
- In total 115 responses were received, and the vast majority of the respondents endorsed the EOOS concept and the need for a coordinating framework for the European Ocean Observing.
- Summary report
- EOOS European Parliament Event (8 September 2016, Brussels, Belgium), presentation of EOOS progress and of a consultation document at a dedicated European Parliament event hosted by MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos.
- EOOS Steering Committee, (EMB co-Chair 2016-2018)
- EOOS Expert Workshop (12 – 13 May 2015, Brussels, Belgium) The workshop brought together experts from the marine scientific and operational oceanographic communities to develop a roadmap, time-line and governance structure for EOOS.
More background is available at the EOOS website. For any queries please contact the organizers at email@example.com or the EMB and EuroGOOS Secretariats directly.
General Activities Ocean Observing
- EMB feedback to EU inception impact assessment on Ocean Observation;
- Publication of foresight papers (e.g. EMODnet vision document, Navigating the Future IV, chapter 11), policy statements (e.g. EurOCEAN Declarations), responses to European consultations (e.g. Marine Knowledge 2020);
- Active and leading promoter of the need for a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) and, since 2014 has actively worked with EuroGOOS and other organizations to facilitate a coordinating framework for EOOS;
- Partner in the H2020 AtlantOS project and in the EMODnet Phase III, supporting development of the EOOS;
- Core EMB activities related to EOOS including a Working Group on Strengthening Europe's biological ocean observing capability;
- Throughout its activities EMB continues to work with relevant networks and initiatives on European ocean observation strategy, including EuroGOOS, ESFRI, EMODnet, Copernicus CMEMS, JPI Oceans and the European Commission
Contacts at European Marine Board Secretariat: Sheila Heymans Email and Ángel E. Muñiz Piniella Email