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Highlights of the 11th FerryBox workshop

The 11th FerryBox Workshop took place on September 28-29, 2022, at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon in Germany. The workshop highlighted the progress within the FerryBox community during the 20 years since the EU FerryBox project started (2003), and hosted research scientists, stakeholders and industry partners from more than 15 countries in Europe and beyond. Some of the newest developments within the community were highlighted, including the initiatives towards expanding the research network, the newest technological developments, and data and communication tools. Andrew King, Research Manager in the Marine Biogeochemistry and Oceanography section at the Norwergian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), co-chair of EuroGOOS FerryBox Task Team, and Dina Eparkhina, Senior Policy and Communications Officer at EuroGOOS, showcased opportunities to use (near)-real time in situ data for public engagement. 

The workshop was supported by EuroGOOS, and Jerico-S3 & EuroSea EU projects, and industry partners 4H Jena Engineering GmbH, SubCTech GmbH, and Kongsberg.

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Highlights from the 11th FerryBox workshop

The 11th FerryBox Workshop took place on 28-29 September 2022 at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon in Germany. The workshop highlighted the progress within the FerryBox community during the 20 years since the EU FerryBox project started (2003).

The event brought together research scientists, stakeholders, and industry partners from more than 15 countries in Europe and beyond. Some of the newest developments within the community were showcased, including the initiatives towards expanding the FerryBox network, the newest technological developments, and data and communication tools.

Andrew King, Research Manager in the Marine Biogeochemistry and Oceanography section at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and co-chair of EuroGOOS FerryBox Task Team, and Dina Eparkhina, Senior Policy and Communications Officer at EuroGOOS, showcased opportunities to use (near)-real time in situ data for public engagement. The EuroGOOS UN Ocean Decade project ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy‘ was highlighted as well as NIVA’s console displaying FerryBox data aboard ferries. After the talk, the FerryBox community provided feedback. It was recognized that FerryBox data is valuable to explain to the public the importance of measuring water quality, harmful algal blooms, and temperature, among others.

The workshop was supported by EuroGOOS, EU projects Jerico-S3 and EuroSea, as well as industry partners 4H Jena Engineering GmbH, SubCTech GmbH, and Kongsberg.

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State of the Global Ocean Observing System in 2022

EuroGOOS and Mercator Ocean International sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The Technologies of the Science We Need for the Ocean We Want – Report from the EOOS Tech Forum

Ocean technologies, data, and infrastructures are undergoing rapid changes, transforming the ocean research and innovation. Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data or blockchain are starting to shape research and innovation cycles. Sustained ocean observations, essential to increase our understanding of the ocean and its functions, require a suite of increasingly efficient technologies and instruments to gather, store, transfer and process large volumes of ocean data. We need to better incorporate new technologies into the observing systems, while making sure the observations are fit for purpose and address societal needs. 

The EOOS Technology Forum provides the structure to enable the comparison of old and new technologies for their usefulness in ocean observing systems, understand data management and processing needs, and provide guidance to technology developers about technology user requirements.

The second edition of the EOOS Technology Forum was held from 22 to 24 March 2022 as a virtual event. It was endorsed as an activity of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 (Ocean Decade). The event was organized by EuroGOOS with support of the EU Horizon H2020 projects EuroSea and Minke. It brought together over 120 international participants, including instrument manufacturers, technicians, technologists, scientists, and policymakers. The three-day Forum comprised several keynote addresses, panel discussions, Show-and-Tell presentations, and interactions with the audience. Report of the Forum is now available on the EOOS website

Scientific research and innovative technologies are crucial to achieving global sustainability and adequate stewardship of the ocean. They enable us to deepen our understanding and respond to societal needs. As a regular meeting point on ocean observing technologies, the EOOS Technology Forum helps boost cooperation among a wide range of ocean observing implementers and stakeholders.

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Implementing Operational Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Systems – new guide

The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and its Expert Team on Operational Ocean Forecasting Systems released a new guide titled “Implementing Operational Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Systems”. This document is a new reference for operational oceanography, prepared 80 authors and in cooperation with 51 institutions from 18 countries worldwide. EuroGOOS Member Organization Delegates Enrique Alvarez Fanjul and Pierre Bahurel were among the co-editors. The publication was initiated at the request of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and funded by GOOS and Mercator Ocean International. 

This guide is a unique and comprehensive reference document for the operational ocean modeling community. It covers key areas of ocean monitoring and forecasting systems, focusing on their current state of the art as well as their future developments. The guide aims to promote the development of new marine forecasting systems around the globe as well as advance the implementation of the existing ones. It provides an overview of the entire value chain of the operational ocean monitoring and forecasting systems as well as international standards and best practices for setting up monitoring and forecasting services.

Find out more and download at this link

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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


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