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EuroGOOS Office is looking for a Science Officer

The EuroGOOS Office seeks a Science Officer to support the EuroGOOS team in activities linked to the coordination of the European ocean observing and forecasting.

The position is for 4 years based in Brussels at the EuroGOOS Office.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your CV and a letter of motivation in English explaining why you are interested and why you are suitable for this role to Dr. Inga Lips, EuroGOOS Secretary General, by 9 February 2022.

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Looking back at 2021

It is a time for celebration as the new year beckons and it is also a time to look back at the EuroGOOS highlights in 2021.

The EuroGOOS 2030 Strategy was launched at our 9th International Conference in May. Our new strategy sets out ambitious objectives for the EuroGOOS community, bringing together nearly 140 organisations dedicated to European operational oceanography and marine research.

As Europe’s alliance of the IOC Global Ocean Observing System, we have aligned our strategy with GOOS and aim to expand EuroGOOS services for ocean health and climate. The EuroGOOS 2030 Strategy will be implemented through a range of EuroGOOS initiatives and collaborations. Among those are the core EuroGOOS Working Groups and Task Teams, as well as our Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems. In line with our new Strategy, a new working group focused on biological observations was created engaging new organisations and tapping into different expertise from our member institutions. Together with EuroGOOS work in European initiatives and projects we will advance our priorities towards a more fit-for-purpose system for European operational oceanography.

The EuroGOOS 9th International Conference, which was organised by the EuroGOOS Office, Ifremer and SHOM, was held online for the first time. This allowed the participation of over 500 people from 48 countries. The conference proceedings highlight the key messages of this milestone event and feature the diversity of topics discussed in the conference’s 14 scientific sessions.

EuroGOOS has been actively supporting the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. We are leading a Decade Action ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ as part of the UNESCO Ocean Literacy With All Programme. Many EuroGOOS members actively contributed to the development of the Decade Programme CoastPredict where three out of six defined focus areas are led by the current or previous members of the EuroGOOS Executive Board. EuroGOOS Office is also contributing to other Decade Programmes, which unite many members of our community – SciNMeet, Ocean Practices, Marine Life 2030, OBON – and seeking synergies with others, including some programmes led by GOOS.

In 2021, we published a new policy brief with recommendations on Ocean Literacy in European oceanography in the context of the UN Ocean Decade. We also co-authored (as members of the Executive Board and the Office) several research papers highlighting the need for better collaboration, co-design, and integration of observations, models, and technologies to improve our knowledge and support more sustainable use of the sea. Important project deliverables have been published to help improve the understanding of existing observing capabilities and set the path for better coordination. Moreover, we have kept a pulse on the European Union ocean observing policy developments and responded, as a community, to the consultations and events around the development of the European initiative ‘Ocean Observations – Sharing Responsibility’.

EuroGOOS Office together with experts from our Coastal Working Group and Tide Gauges Task Team has been actively involved in an expert consortium to assist the European Environmental Agency (EEA) in the cross-cutting coordination of Copernicus in situ data activities on marine and Arctic observations. EuroGOOS is leading the marine component in a wider consortium including meteorology, land, and atmospheric composition. We are also actively contributing to further development of the framework for the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) bringing Europe’s diverse ocean observing communities and nations together in the EOOS Operations Committee to foster collaboration and strengthen coordination. EuroGOOS Office successfully engaged the GOOS National Focal Points from 26 European nations to improve collaboration and integration at a national level. We also helped facilitate the formation of the EOOS Resource Forum to promote sustained ocean observing.

Our Office team has been keeping strong during the rough times of the pandemic. We have worked closely with the broad EuroGOOS community, led by our General Assembly and the Executive Directors Board, which changed guard this year with new Chair and Vice-Chair appointed and new members joining the Board. We would like to thank everyone for all of their valuable and multiple contributions making this year a success for EuroGOOS work!

Merry Observing and Happy New Year!

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White paper “The Mediterranean Sea We Want” defines science needs and opportunities in the Ocean Decade

A community white paper “The Mediterranean Sea We Want” has been released in the Ocean and Coastal Research journal. The paper presents the main science needs, gaps, and challenges for implementing the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 (Ocean Decade) in the Mediterranean region. This is the result of a collaborative effort of 58 authors from 14 countries, stemming from regional consultations on the implementation of the Ocean Decade in the Mediterranean (the Ocean Decade preparatory workshop in Venice and a follow-on virtual session on co-designing science and capacity).

The Mediterranean sea, identified as a climate change vulnerability hotspot, is exposed to natural and anthropogenic threats preventing the region to fully implement the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030. The region is suffering from the increasing risk of extreme events and unsustainable management, affecting the population’s safety. Transitioning to a sustainable blue economy is the key to a healthy and productive marine environment for future generations. The Ocean Decade framework has offered an unprecedented opportunity to enhance the knowledge base needed for the Mediterranean sea management.

The paper reviews the state of play in the Mediterranean science for each Ocean Decade outcome and identifies research trends and challenges as well as capacity development needs for the unique environmental and socio-economic conditions of the Mediterranean (Figure 1). The authors make recommendations on knowledge needs and the development of co-design actions. By integrating and improving our scientific knowledge, Ocean Literacy, and ocean observing capacities, building on international cooperation, it will be possible to reach the Mediterranean sea we want. Many members of the EuroGOOS community are among the co-authors of this important document. In addition to the journal of Ocean and Coastal Research, this paper is also available on our website – here

This white paper serves the development of the Ocean Decade Programme SciNMeet, subtitled The Science We Need for the Mediterranean We Want, endorsed by the IOC-UNESCO. 

Figure1: Scientific and capacity development gaps for seven Ocean Decade outcomes, as defined in the Ocean Decade preparatory workshop for the Mediterranean region (Venice, January 2020)

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EuroGOOS viewer of observational and data capacities in the Black Sea

The EU DOORS project has announced the launch of observation and data mapping tool for the Black Sea developed by EuroGOOS. From a single interface, the tool allows users to navigate across different ocean observing and data initiatives in the Black Sea. Users can access marine data aggregators collecting physical, chemical or biological data, and also marine research infrastructures with existing, or in the way of developing, observing capacities in the Black Sea. This is an important step to investigate ocean observing potential, synergies, and knowledge transfer in the region.

In the mapping viewer, the following Marine Research Infrastructures and EU or international data aggregators have been included:

  • European Marine Research Infrastructures: EMSO ERIC, Euro-Argo ERIC, EMBRC ERIC, LifeWatch ERIC, DANUBIUS RI, JERICO RI, EuroFleets +;
  • European marine data aggregators: EMODnet, SeaDataNet, CMEMS INSTAC;
  • International observing network monitoring dashboard: OceanOPS.

One of the main objectives of this exercise was to increase awareness of the status of the observation capacities in the Black Sea as well as the importance of data sharing to underpin a fit-for-purpose and sustained ocean observing system in the Black Sea. The viewer will be evolving during the lifetime of the DOORS project and can be subject to changes and modifications as more marine observation infrastructures or new marine data sources for the Black Sea are being identified. This exercise was not aimed to start another catalogue but make use of the existing repositories by creating a web inventory where all the initiatives are briefly introduced and easy to access. 

Discover the Black Sea observation and data mapping tool here.

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EuroGOOS ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ initiative endorsed by the UN Ocean Decade

EuroGOOS is committed to mainstream ocean literacy in European oceanographic and met agencies as a strategic area of activity. This commitment has now been recognized and acknowledged by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), with the endorsement of the EuroGOOS initiative ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ as a project under the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 (the Decade). This EuroGOOS project will be part of the Decade programme called Ocean Literacy with All (OLWA) led by UNESCO.

‘Ocean literacy is key for achieving the Decade objectives’, says Dina Eparkhina, coordinator of EuroGOOS ocean literacy activities. ‘Since 2019, EuroGOOS has been building a network of oceanographic and meteorological institutes actively working on ocean literacy in their countries. We have achieved a vibrant and creative community of practice, jointly developed activities, and recently released a policy brief on ocean literacy in oceanographic agencies. The endorsement by the Decade will give our efforts a stronger visibility and recognition at both local and global levels and help gain new partners.’

The EuroGOOS ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ Decade project will empower scientists as ocean advocates to their communities, countries, and regions, and help transform ocean knowledge into actions for sustainability. This project will support blue careers and education, promote activities in land-freshwater-sea continuum, help share best practices and impact assessment guidelines among institutes, and embrace multi and trans-disciplinarity and inclusiveness through connecting science with art and culture. It will also be an important tool to increase societal awareness of the role of oceanographic activities in delivering information on ocean state, natural and anthropogenic-induced phenomena, and processes for sustainable ocean management – supporting the objectives of the global and regional ocean observing systems.

The ’Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ Decade project will be implemented by the EuroGOOS Office and the EuroGOOS Working Group on Ocean Literacy. Further information on the Decade actions is available here.

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EuroGOOS Office is looking for a Communications Officer

The EuroGOOS Office seeks a Communications Officer to support the EuroGOOS team, members, and regional networks in communications, outreach, and organizational tasks.

The Communications Officer will manage the EuroGOOS Office daily communication and outreach tasks, support the EuroGOOS team in meeting organization, assist EuroGOOS members and regions (ROOS) in communication outreach tasks, and facilitate internal operations.

The position is for three years and is based in Brussels at the EuroGOOS Office.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their CV and motivation letter to Dina Eparkhina, Senior Policy and Communications Officer at by 5 November 2021.

The full job description can be accessed below:

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EuroGOOS releases new Kostas Nittis Award brochure and poster

The new brochure and flyer aim to provide an overview of the EuroGOOS Kostas Nittis Award.

Interested applicants are invited to learn more about the initiative and eligibility criteria, and discover how the award has benefited the research work and professional development of previous winners.

Every year, EuroGOOS awards the Kostas Nittis medal and a grant of € 3,000 to outstanding early-career scientists in operational oceanography and ocean observing field. The award, established in memory of EuroGOOS Secretary General and strategic leader Dr. Kostas Nittis, provides successful applicants with the opportunity to present their work at international conferences and events, expand their professional networks, and reach out to potential research partners and future employers.

Access the brochure and poster below for more information:

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New EuroGOOS Biological Observations Working Group kicks off on 1 October

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