The major interface between humans and the ocean occurs in the coastal seas. Major marine industries thrive in this area while European citizens make daily use of the coastal ocean for tourism, leisure and recreation. Operational oceanography assists both industry and the general public to make decisions about their use and access the coastal ocean. Our community has developed a wide range of products and services for such use cases.
The value chain for marine information comprises observations made at sea, satellite data and ocean forecasts and analysis providing specific products and services for end-users. The Copernicus programme of the EC supports the gathering of satellite data and a core service for marine users (CMEMS) primarily based on ocean forecasts and analysis. The EC emphasises that gathering in-situ data is the responsibility of EU member states. Challenges exist at member state level to sustain ocean observations and there are gaps in data availability for many reasons.
The EuroGOOS Coastal Working Group will examine the entire value chain from coastal observations, satellite data, ocean forecasts and analysis to products and services for coastal users with a view to examining sustainability of the system, fitness for purpose of the existing system and future steps that the EuroGOOS community can take to secure and improve all elements of the coastal value chain.