EuroGOOS is an international non-profit association of national governmental agencies, research organisations, and private companies, committed to European-scale operational oceanography within the context of the intergovernmental Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). Founded in 1994, EuroGOOS has today 41 members from 19 European countries providing operational oceanographic services and carrying out marine research.
Five regional sea areas where operational systems are being developed have been defined: the Arctic (Arctic ROOS), the Baltic (BOOS), the North West Shelf (NOOS), the Ireland-Biscay-Iberian area (IBI-ROOS) and the Mediterranean (MONGOOS). Additionally the Organisation cooperates through an MoU with Black Sea GOOS which acts as a ROOS in the Black Sea. Strong cooperation within these regions, enabling the involvement of many more regional partners and countries, forms the basis of EuroGOOS work, and is combined with high-level representation at European and Global forums.
Through its Working Groups, EuroGOOS develops strategies, priorities and standards in order to establish a concerted European approach to the development of Operational Oceanography. These strategies are actively promoted towards the European and National operational and funding agencies aiming to maximize their impact.
EuroGOOS Task Teams are operational networks of observing platforms. They promote scientific synergy and technological collaboration among European observing infrastructures. Task Team members exchange open source tools, collaborate in areas of common interest, and jointly make European data available to the EuroGOOS ROOS regional data portals, which in turn are feeding data to pan-European portals, e.g. EMODnet and Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, CMEMS.
All EuroGOOS activities are developed within the framework of the European Ocean Observing System, EOOS, setting out a vision for a truly integrated end-to-end ocean observing in Europe, for the benefit of society, science and innovation.
The work is done in close collaboration with the international community of operational oceanography especially through JCOMM and global programs (GODAE, ARGO, OceanSITES, SOOP etc). EuroGOOS is one of the UNESCO-IOC GOOS Regional Alliances (GRA) and works with them for a coordinated approach in the development of regional and coastal operational oceanography.