Ocean observing underpins decision and policy making in the marine domain, from weather forecasts, to maritime activities, search and rescue operations, and climate modelling. Furthermore, it is a critical research area, as until now marine ecosystems remain the least explored natural habitat on Earth. Finally, ocean observing gives the prerequisite information for exploring new ocean potential for biotechnology, renewable energy and deep sea exploration.
The critical state of the ocean health on the one hand, and the significant economic value of the ocean economy on the other, have put a strong emphasis on ocean observing to deliver knowledge, information and services to a wide range of science, technology and innovation users. This has been recognized at the highest political level (COP21, Agenda 2030, G7, European Union, etc).
Ocean observing is predominantly funded at national and regional levels. In addition, many projects and initiatives are funded by intergovernmental organizations and the European Union. So, while efforts are made to increase the marine data collection required for informed and sustainable ocean management, the current ocean observing is disparate and often lacking reliable long-term funding. These gaps hinder our knowledge of ecosystems, ocean state and variability as well as disturb systematic data collection for long-time series critical for climate research. An overarching strategy and political commitment are needed to sustain funding required for continuous data collection and improved synergy among the existing efforts, while generating new projects in a strategic way avoiding overlaps and duplication.
EuroGOOS, the European Global Ocean Observing System, commits to further its efforts to coordinate European ocean observing. EuroGOOS supports networks of regional oceanographic systems in all European sea basins and ensures their integration in the Global Ocean Observing System (IOC-UNESCO). EuroGOOS regional systems and networks of observing platforms play a key role in unlocking marine data collected by individual European nations and enhancing open data exchange as well as data standardization and harmonization. EuroGOOS commits to further the integration of the existing marine data towards interoperability, promoting open data and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders holding or collecting data, predominantly on the physical state of the ocean. In addition, EuroGOOS will work towards closing the technological and capacity gaps in the European data provision for all data parameters (physics, biology and ecosystems, chemistry), determined to support the Global Ocean Observing System initiatives generated within the Framework for Ocean Observing. In this, EuroGOOS will increase its communication and outreach efforts to inform policy and decision makers as well as wider stakeholders, towards ocean literacy and responsible long-term vision for sustainable ocean management.
Updates to voluntary commitment
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
- Integrated Coastal Management
- Marine Spatial Planning
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
- Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
- Research capacity development
- Data access and sharing
- Scientific cooperation
- Transfer marine technology
Organization of European Ocean Observing Conference
Participation in the programme of International OceanObs 2019 Conference
Organization of International EuroGOOS Conference 'Operational Oceanography Serving Sustainable Marine Development'
Promotion of ocean observing at Our Ocean 2017 Conference