Ongoing research project |

Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems (AtlantOS)

AtlantOS is a EU Horizon 2020 project with 62 Partners from 18 Countries. It is a research and innovation project that proposes the integration of ocean observing activities across all disciplines for the Atlantic.

The overarching target of the AtlantOS initiative is to deliver an advanced framework for the development of an integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System that goes beyond the state-of –the-art, and leaves a legacy of sustainability after the life of the project.

  • to improve international collaboration in the design, implementation and benefit sharing of ocean observing
  • to promote engagement and innovation in all aspects of ocean observing
  • to facilitate free and open access to ocean data and information
  • to enable and disseminate methods of achieving quality and authority of ocean information
  • to strengthen the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and to sustain observing systems that are critical for the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and its applications
  • to contribute to the aims of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation

The project is organized along work packages on:

  1. observing system requirements and design studies,
  2. enhancement of ship-based and autonomous observing networks
  3. interfaces with coastal ocean observing systems
  4. integration of regional observing systems
  5. cross-cutting issues and emerging networks
  6. data flow and data integration
  7. societal benefits from observing /information systems
  8. system evaluation and resource sustainability.

ECMWF will contribute to two of the work packages:

The overall objective of this Work Package is to iteratively apply the systems design processes of the Framework for Ocean Observing to provide a refined scientific system design for an Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS) meeting societal objectives.

The work package will assess the impact of AtlantOS networks and their improvements for the Copernicus Marine Service. From these analyses, we will be able to quantify the contributions of AtlantOS in-situ observations for the Copernicus Marine Service and its applications.

For ECMWF We will also carry out a specific study to assess the role of the Atlantic in-situ observing system in the ECMWF seasonal prediction system, as well as Observing System Experiments (OSE) for the Atlantic in-situ observing system in the ECMWF ocean reanalysis system.




Magdalena Balmaseda

Horizon 2020