AtlantOS - Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System

EC contribution: € 21 M
Partners: 63
Start date: 1 January 2015
Duration: 48 months
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AtlantOS is a project responding to the Horizon 2020 call BG-8-2014: Developing in-situ Atlantic Ocean Observations for a better management and sustainable exploitation of the maritime resources. AtlantOS is a research and innovation project that proposes the integration of ocean observing activates across all disciplines for the Atlantic, considering European as well as non-European partners (referencing to "The Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation", May 2013). The proposal applies the "Framework for Ocean Observing" to the observing of the Atlantic. The overarching goal of AtlantOS is the integration of the so far loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS). The IAOOS is to form the ocean in-situ observing backbone of the Copernicus Marine Monitoring system, which is the marine part of the European Earth Observation Programme.
Our vision is to improve and innovate Atlantic observing by implementing the Framework of Ocean Observing, via a more systematic, cost effective and user-driven international Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System. This effort will build on existing elements of the Global Ocean Observing System in the context of GEOSS, the GEO Blue Planet Initiative, the Copernicus Marine Service and EMODnet. AtlantOS will narrow existing in-situ observing system gaps and will ensure that data are readily accessible and useable. It will demonstrate the utility of integrating in-situ and satellite observations both for ocean and climate change research and for informing a wide range of maritime industry and other sectors. Long-term international partnerships will be built to optimize data collection efforts and to allow an efficient exchange of data and information across the Atlantic. The overarching objective of AtlantOS is to achieve a transition from a loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities producing fragmented, often monodisciplinary data, to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS). This will be achieved through research and innovation activities focused on:
  • defining requirements and systems design
  • improving the readiness of observing networks and data systems
  • engaging stakeholders around the Atlantic,
  • strengthening Europe's contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), a major component of the Group on Earth Observations' (GEO), its Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), and specifically on the emerging "Oceans and Society: Blue Planet" initiative.
AtlantOS contributes to blue growth by merging new information needs relevant to key sectors such as transport, tourism, fisheries, marine biotech, resource extraction and energy with existing requirements. AtlantOS significantly contributes to trans-Atlantic cooperation by integrating existing observing activities established by European, North and South American, and African countries and by filling existing gaps to reach an agile, flexible IAOOS and associated ocean information systems around the Atlantic.

The AtlantOS partnership comprises 63 organisations from across Europe, United States of America, Canada and South America, including research institutes, universities, SMEs and industry partners.
The CIMA researchers involved in AtlantOS are Flávio Martins and João Janeiro.