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EuroGOOS at the UN Ocean Conference

Many EuroGOOS Member Organizations and the EuroGOOS Office will be present at the next week’s UN Ocean Conference (UNOC 2022). This is a milestone event bringing together the global communities across all sectors of society for high-level and comprehensive dialogues about ocean sustainability.

“There is a great deal we still do not know about the ocean but there are many reasons why we need to manage it sustainably”, states the preamble to the UNOC 2022. In response to this, our Member Organizations have collectively submitted a EuroGOOS statement to UNOC 2022 highlighting that oceanography holds key solutions to closing those knowledge gaps. In addition, to a call for global action on sustained ocean observing and operational oceanography service provision, EuroGOOS also is bringing attention to other key topics in today’s ocean science, spanning actions on data, capacity enhancement, blue careers, and ocean literacy.

Partnerships across countries and different sectors are recognized as a key strategy for more effective resource use and increased participation in ocean science, reinforcing its application in policy (Global Ocean Science Report, IOC, 2020). As stated in the EuroGOOS 2030 Strategy, partnerships are paramount in achieving common objectives and gaining the added value in the co-production of oceanographic services and information. Moreover, partnerships are critical to ensure these services are user-focused and the ocean information underpinned by our work can support decision-making. In our UNOC 2022 statement we put forward some priority topics for partnerships in the domain of operational oceanography. These concern, sharing infrastructures, strengthening science-policy interface and public-private engagements, citizen science and co-design with social sciences and humanities.

Our UNOC 2022 statement is not only a call for action across these important topics, but also our commitment. As stated in the document, “EuroGOOS is emphasising its commitment to lead the development and implementation of sustained and coordinated operational oceanography in Europe and further an integrated framework for the European Ocean Observing System. The benefits of this work have global implications, improving the delivery of ocean information and services internationally”.

Download the EuroGOOS statement to UNOC 2022:

In addition to attending the eight interactive dialogues of the main event, we will also participate in many side events organized by a vast international ocean community. Furthermore, we are partners in Ocean Literacy Dialogues where we will present the EuroGOOS Scientists for Ocean Literacy UN Ocean Decade project on 29 June, at the official UNOC side event organized by UNESCO and the European Commission.

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General Assembly of the EU DOORS Black Sea project – main highlights and EuroGOOS role

The DOORS project held its second general assembly from 7 to 9 June in Burgas, Bulgaria, hosted by the Burgas Free University (discover some pictures at the bottom of this article). DOORS stands for Developing Optimal and Open Research Support for the Black Sea. This European Union project, running from June 2021 to May 2025, will enhance the Black Sea knowledge and deliver information and oceanographic services for the Blue Economy and other stakeholders.

DOORS has three main programmes to underpin the delivery of its objectives:

  • The System of System of the Black Sea knowledge and information: This system will combine the existing marine data and modelling capabilities of the Black Sea and demonstrate innovative prototypes of an integrated service responding to the needs of the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).
  • Blue Economy Accelerator: This programme will analyze the Blue Economy potential in the Black Sea and propose tangible solutions for the businesses in the region.
  • Knowledge Transfer and Training: This programme will deliver bespoke training and capacity enhancement activities for various audiences and stakeholders of the Black Sea research and innovation. A special focus will be given to the training of the next generation of ocean professionals.

The European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS), is leading the DOORS work on stakeholder engagement and project legacy, helping to harvest stakeholder requirements to co-design the implementation of the DOORS work plan, across the three main programmes and the underpinning activities. In addition to co-leading the implementation of the stakeholder engagement strategy together with the project coordinator, Romanian National Research-Development Institute for Marine Geology and Geoecology (GeoEcoMar), EuroGOOS is also coordinating the activities of the European Marine Research Infrastructures in DOORS and the project’s Ocean Literacy work.

The DOORS assembly in Burgas was a milestone for the project, having brought nearly all partners together for the first time in their physical presence (DOORS was approved for funding in 2021 in the midst of the pandemic). The partners unable to attend, joined the sessions remotely. This three-day meeting reviewed the activities of nine DOORS work packages and the advancements in the design of the three DOORS programmes listed above.

EuroGOOS held an ideation session with the consortium to reflect on the stakeholder engagement activities across three key topics: Sustainable Blue Economy, Policy and Governance, and Public Engagement. EuroGOOS also organized a side meeting with the European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERIC) who are partners in DOORS to set out the work plan for transferring experiences and best practices from ERICs to the emerging and developing Research Infrastructures, and engaging more Black Sea countries in the European activities. In the first months of the project, EuroGOOS released a map viewer of the ocean observing capabilities in the Black Sea, showing in a one-stop-shop all European marine data aggregators, ERICs, and established Research Infrastructures.

On the last day of the DOORS assembly, 13 representatives of business in the Black Sea from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Georgia, and Moldova joined the DOORS consortium for a dialogue on their needs and views on the opportunities for the Blue Economy development. The business sectors represented included traditional and eco-tourism, renewable energy, fisheries, circular solutions, in addition to local administrations and port authorities.

In the coming year, in the lead up to the next DOORS assembly to take place in Trabzon, Georgia, many DOORS events are foreseen – connecting the project’s stakeholders through multi-actor forums, training Black Sea researchers on the use of the ERIC and European data aggregator services, developing business support programmes, and engaging with general public.



Opening of the DOORS assembly 2022 by coordinator Adrian Stanica of GeoEcoMar, Romania (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)

Opening of the DOORS assembly 2022 by coordinator Adrian Stanica of GeoEcoMar, Romania (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)



Burgas Free University – the host of the DOORS assembly 2022 (credit Dina Eparkhina)

Burgas Free University – the host of the DOORS assembly 2022 (credit Dina Eparkhina)



EuroGOOS presentation on DOORS stakeholder engagement and legacy by Dina Eparkhina (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)

EuroGOOS presentation on DOORS stakeholder engagement and legacy by Dina Eparkhina (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)



Burgas seaside (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)

Burgas seaside (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)



Pier in Sozopol (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)

Pier in Sozopol (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)



Developing the DOORS System of Systems (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)

Developing the DOORS System of Systems (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)



View of the Black Sea from Sozopol (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)

View of the Black Sea from Sozopol (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)



EuroGOOS-led ideation on stakeholder engagement (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)

EuroGOOS-led ideation on stakeholder engagement (credit Mike Rea, DOORS)



Family portrait of the DOORS consortium and the business representatives attending the assembly (credit DOORS)

Family portrait of the DOORS consortium and the business representatives attending the assembly (credit DOORS)

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EuroGOOS co-organizes events at EMD 2022 on ocean services for European Green Deal & on Ocean Literacy

Join us for two stakeholder workshops at the European Maritime Day (EMD) conference (19-20 May 2022, Ravenna), co-organized by the EuroGOOS Office! EMD is the annual two-day event organized by the European Commission during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss, and outline joint action on maritime affairs. This year’s main theme is ‘Sustainable blue economy for green recovery’.

On 19 May, join us for the EuroSea-EMODnet-Blue-Cloud workshop titled Ocean observations, marine data & services for the European Green Deal. This workshop will bring together invited experts and audience to look ahead at the opportunities, gaps, and priorities to reach the European Green Deal objectives. With the EuroSea project, we will flag the priorities released in a joint policy brief with other EU projects NAUTILOS, EuroFleets+, iAtlantic, ODYSSEA, and AtlantECO.

On 20 May, we are at the EU4Ocean Summit with the EuroGOOS-UNESCO workshop titled The cities we need for the ocean we want. The event will discuss tangible actions on making European cities more environmentally friendly and the citizens more ocean literate. At this workshop, the EuroGOOS Ocean Decade project Scientists for Ocean Literacy will be launched.

Register before 12 May 2022 to participate and click here to discover more information. The EMD and all its workshops are open for hybrid participation. 

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Highlights from the EOOS Technology Forum 2022

Highlights of EOOS Technology Forum workshop 2022

Save the date for the European Glider Data Management Workshop!

Kostas Nittis Award 2022 Call is open!

Registrations open for the EOOS technology workshop – contribution to the UN Ocean Decade!

The EOOS Technology Forum workshop will be a virtual event on 22-24 March 2022 (14:00-17:30 UTC), organised by EuroGOOS as part of the EuroSea foresight activities and supported by the MINKE project. The event has been endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade).

The workshop will prospect for the ocean technology requirements through the lens of two Ocean Decade societal needs:

  • A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and removed, and
  • A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are mapped and protected.

At the event, a case study “Marine pollution: monitoring, forecasting, and mitigating the impact on marine life and coastal populations” will be discussed to explore technology developments and applications that cut across disciplines, needs, and sectors. The programme will feature international experts discussing the technological requirements, priorities, and solutions that will help us achieve a clean and healthy ocean.

Registrations and abstract submissions are now open – here! Abstract submissions will close on 20 February 2022.

Find out more about the EOOS framework on the EOOS website revamped by EuroGOOS with the help of EuroSea.

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The European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) framework nenews its website!

ArcticROOS General Assembly 2022

We will organise a two day on-line General Assembly. The first day will be a workshop focusing on how feasible the Arctic ocean observational system is for quantifying changes and variability in ocean and sea ice conditions in order to detect fingerprints of “Atlantification” as well as understand physical-biogeochemical interactions in the new Arctic Ocean. The second day will be devoted to business meeting on Arctic ROOS issues.

Click here to download the agenda and link to attend.

 


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