Posts Category: Current

Localizing ocean literacy at the European Maritime Day

Being ocean literate means to know basic facts about the importance for the ocean for life on Earth and spread this knowledge around. In the last years, ocean literacy has gained the recognition is deserves – all funding and programming decisions about the ocean require exactly that – basic understanding of the importance of the… Read more »

The UN Ocean Decade is the decade of people

From 13 to 15 May, EuroGOOS joined 200 experts, opinion leaders, champions and stakeholders across various sectors at the Global Planning Meeting in preparation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030. The meeting included a mixture of high-level panels and brainstorming sessions to share ideas and tools that can foster partnerships… Read more »

EuroGOOS General Assembly – new relevance, new strategy

On 8 and 9 May the EuroGOOS General Assembly met in Heraklion, hosted by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and George Petihakis, EuroGOOS Chair. EuroGOOS strategy and integration were the main themes on the agenda. The meeting was attended by EuroGOOS members, chairs of the EuroGOOS activities (working groups, infrastructure task teams, and the… Read more »

EuroGOOS Tide Gauge Task Team delivers European status to GLOSS

The sixteenth session of the Group of Experts for the Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS GE XVI) took place in Busan, Republic of Korea, on 11-13 April. The Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS), a component of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), was established by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in 1985. GLOSS… Read more »

OceanObs’19 programme development

OceanObs’19 programme and sponsors committees met for a joint meeting at UNESCO, hosted by the IOC on 29 and 30 March (directly following the AtlantOS Symposium). With a strong community’s inputs collected via the white papers (soon to be released in the Frontiers for Ocean Science), the committees advanced the programme of the main event… Read more »

All-Atlantic Ocean Observing Symposium at UNESCO

The First International AtlantOS Symposium took place at the UNESCO and IOC headquarters in Paris from 25 to 28 March. The event marked the transition from an EU-funded project to an international programme, the All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System. 170 participants from 29 countries and many pan-European initiatives expressed a joint will to further integration, data… Read more »

Rethinking Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean Economy – new OECD report

This new OECD report on the ocean economy emphasises the growing importance of science and technologies in improving the sustainable economic development. The report recognizes that marine ecosystems are at the heart of many of the world’s global challenges: food, medicines, new sources of clean energy, climate regulation, job creation and inclusive growth. Marine ecosystem… Read more »

EuroGOOS in the coming decade – Executive Board and Chairs of all activities set out objectives of the new EuroGOOS Strategy 

On 30 January, the EuroGOOS Executive Directors Board met with the Chairs of EuroGOOS Task Teams, Working Groups and Regions (ROOS), to set out the main objectives of the new EuroGOOS strategy. The strategy will cover the period 2020 to 2030, which aligns both with the UN Ocean Decade and the UNESCO-IOC’s Global Ocean Observing… Read more »

Looking back at 2018 with a big smile – Happy 2019!

With our warm wishes to the EuroGOOS community in the coming year, we are looking back at 2018 with a big smile. In 2018, EuroGOOS started its chairmanship of the UNESCO IOC’s Global Ocean Observing System Regional Alliances Forum, while at the same time reaffirming its central role in advancing integration and openness in the… Read more »

Why should Brussels care about ocean observing?

We know more about Mars than we know about the ocean. Yet, ocean observations deliver critical information for a long list of societal benefits, not least the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ocean observation’s national funders, pan-European research coordination projects, scientists and politicians spent three days in Brussels unwinding the complexities of the ocean information needs…. Read more »