The European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) is a coordinating framework designed to align and integrate Europe’s ocean observing capacity, promote a systematic and collaborative approach to collecting information on the state and variability of our seas, and underpin sustainable management of the marine environment and its resources.
Providing 97% of the Earth’s water and 95% of its biosphere, the ocean is a crucial source of food, water, energy and raw materials, and acts as a medium for tourism, transport and commerce. Valued at US$24 trillion (WWF report 2015), the global ocean has been termed the world’s seventh largest economy. The OECD has estimated the gross value added (GVA) of the global ocean economy in 2010, measured in terms of ocean-based industries’ contribution to economic output and employment, at USD $1.5 trillion, or approximately 2.5% of the total global GVA. Sustained ocean observing is crucial to provide data products and services driving the Blue Economy in a responsible and sustainable way, to understand the oceanic environment and help mitigate climate change.
EOOS aims to provide a framework within which European marine observations can be sustained and made available on a continuous basis for applications ranging from real-time services, through ocean health to climate services. EOOS will not take ownership or control of ocean observing in Europe. Rather, EOOS will provide a light and flexible coordinating framework to help manage and improve the existing observing effort, making it more efficient and effective at different geographical scales and for different users.
Specifically, EOOS will:
- Align and connect existing initiatives to ensure efficiency and value for money;
- Identify gaps in the European observing capacity and foster initiatives to fill those gaps;
- Promote observing capacities which can benefit multiple sectors including research, policy, management and industry; and
- Ensure that European ocean observing is integrated into the global observation system(s) by providing a focal point for interaction with international programmes and partner initiatives outside of Europe.
For more information about EOOS, visit www.eoos-ocean.eu.
EOOS Conference 2018
From 21 to 23 November 2018, the secretariats of EMODnet, European Marine Board and EuroGOOS organised a three-day EOOS Conference in The Egg in Brussels, Belgium. This event brought together and connected diverse ocean observing stakeholder communities, from science, public authorities, industries including fisheries, energy, transport, and wider society.
The EOOS Conference was all about connecting communities, building on progress made at the EOOS Forum, taking place on 8 March 2018, to present an EOOS strategy and implementation plan, together with a strong call to action. It was an opportunity to showcase ocean observing & monitoring initiatives, network with stakeholders across Europe and help shape the future European Ocean Observing System (EOOS).
The Conference delivered a Call to Action for the EU and European countries to better coordinate and align the various data collection initiatives and work together towards a more concerted, fit for purpose and cost-effective European ocean observing capability. All presentations, the Call to Action and photos of the event are available at https://www.emodnet.eu/conference/eoos2018/index.html
A Conference report is available for download here. Progress of the Conference Call to Action will be evaluated in one year’s time by the members of the Conference advisory committee, with support from the co-organising secretariats.