The EuroGOOS Strategy for 2014-2020 can be downloaded here.
Following the formation of EuroGOOS AISBL, the working framework is provided by the Articles of Association that define the following purpose for the association:
- Identify European priorities for operational oceanography (STRATEGIES);
- Promote operational oceanography and the development of underpinning science and technology at regional and global scales (PROMOTION);
- Foster cooperation within operational oceanography at regional and global scales, including the establishment or recognition, support and coordination of Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems (CO-OPERATION);
- Promote and coordinate the development of commonly available, operational, observation and model-based, products and services (CO-PRODUCTION);
- Ensure coordination of the European contribution to sustained marine observational systems necessary to meet the requirements for all marine-related purposes, including research, operational oceanography, and regular assessments of the state of our seas and oceans (SUSTAINED OBSERVATIONS).
The strategy of EuroGOOS for the 2014-2020 needs to fulfil the above objectives and is thus structured along these priorities. Besides the above specific objectives and priorities, there are several horizontal and cross-cutting issues that will drive the EuroGOOS strategy 2014-2020.
Links with research. Operational oceanography can advance only by maintaining tight links with research and technological developments. The research community has played a key role over the past two decades in developing new observing and modelling systems that have gradually transitioned to operational tools increasing our capacity to monitor and predict the oceans. In Europe, the research framework programs (mainly FP4-FP7) have contributed to development of new systems and formation of the research community of European operational oceanography. A key priority of the next years is to maintain and enhance the links between the operational and research communities, mainly through the Horizon 2020 funding framework but also taking advantage of other tools such as structural and cohesion funds. This should also be reflected in the membership of EuroGOOS by including the key European research institutes that develop operational oceanography.
Links with industry. The private sector has remarkable activities in operational oceanography, especially when it comes to innovative services and new technologies. However in most cases these activities are isolated and not linked to a broader framework. Thus the transfer of knowledge to national / public agencies to feed the operational activities is often delayed or even not realized at all. EuroGOOS should enhance the links with the private sector aiming to establish joint activities either at RTD or at operational implementation level. Horizon 2020 provides additional incentives for such collaborative actions and should be fully exploited during the coming years.
Links with users. Operational oceanography has always been user-driven and the dialogue with users has been a priority of EuroGOOS. During the past years and through the experience of Copernicus the engagement of service providers with users has increased and EuroGOOS has helped in this process. It will be a priority for the next years to consolidate and enhance this interaction with intermediate and end users, both for the definition of requirements and for assessment of operational oceanography services. This is expected to increase user uptake and strengthen the downstream services development.
EU policies. During the past years a series of EU policies and strategies has increased the requirements for ocean observations. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Integrated Maritime Policy with EMODnet, the Marine Spatial Planning, are some examples of such new policies that bring new requirement on top of those posed by CFP and WFD. Fulfilling the requirements of these policies, with emphasis on MSFD, will be a key task for EuroGOOS and its members until 2020.
Membership. EuroGOOS AISBL in its new legal status needs to strengthen its position both at a European and Global scale, demonstrating its ability to represent the whole community. It is therefore a priority of EuroGOOS to expand its membership and include all European institutions that develop and implement Operational Oceanography. It is estimated that the number of 50 members by 2020 is a feasible target that will also fulfil the objective of representation of the whole community.