Biological Observations Working Group (BIOWG)

Taking Samples

Taking Samples. Photo Credit: Getxo marina Ibon, PIE UPVEHU

The EuroGOOS Biological Observations Working Group (BIOWG) works to better integrate biological observation into the EuroGOOS framework. They will contribute to the EuroGOOS 2030 strategy and aims to achieve a cultural change in biological observation from individual efforts into an integrated, and coordinated European effort with global impact to further our understanding of life in the ocean and how it interacts with and influences the environment.

Key Objectives

This working group will focus on developing rigorous and operationally focused standard specifications and operating procedures for the generation of quantitative and qualitative biological data products, so that it may be integrated into current ocean observation programmes and modelling efforts. Its objectives are:

  • Agree on an initial set of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure) and data standards for the observation of life via eDNA and multi-omics protocols.
  • The standardisation and SOPs for Imaging and evaluating how these data may contribute the most effectively to EOVs (Essential Ocean Variable) and EBVs (Essential Biodiversity Variables).
  • Formulate and implement recommendations for new sensors and autonomous platform development and integration with existing approaches.
  • Continuously liaise with the Biological and Ecosystems EOV Panel (GOOS) and the EBV development groups (GEO BON) and seek the endorsement of SOPs by targeting these EVs.
  • Frugal science approaches will be promoted as long-term funding for observation, which is very difficult to obtain, and thus a reduced cost would significantly improve our ability to maintain long-term, well-replicated observatories.
  • Develop structured obsolescence and on-boarding process for all technologies, methods, and operational models.

List of Members


  • Nicolas Pade, European Marine Biological Research Centre (EMBRC), France
  • Vera Fonseca, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), United Kingdom 


  • Veronique Creach, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), United Kingdom
  • Jun She, Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), Denmark
  • Lucie Cocquempot, French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer), France
  • Costas Frangoulis, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece
  • Pier Luigi Buttigieg, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany
  • Ioulia Santi, European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), France
  • Lionel Guidi, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
  • Daniele Iudicone, Anton Dohrn Zoological Station (SZN), Italy
  • Susan Evans, National Oceanographic Centre (NOC), United Kingdom
  • Julia Uitz, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
  • Hans H Jakobsen, Aarhus University (AU), Denmark
  • Iveta Jurgensone, Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LHEI), Latvia
  • Andreja Ramšak, National Institute of Biology (NIB), Slovenia
  • Klaas Deneudt, Flemish Marine Institute (FMI) Belgium
  • Sirje Sildever, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia
  • Isabella Buttino, Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Italy
  • Nina Dzhembekova, Institute of Oceanology (BAS), Bulgaria
  • Bengt Karlson, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Sweden
  • Kaisa Kraft, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland
  • Francis O’Beirn, Marine Institute (MI), Ireland
  • Silvana Neves, Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN), Spain
  • Maite Louzao, Fundación AZTI, Spain
  • Wenche Eikrem, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway
  • Naiara Rodriguez-Ezpeleta, Fundación AZTI, Spain
  • Martin Edwards, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), United Kingdom
  • Antonio Cascella, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Italy
  • Klas Ove Moeller, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon (Hereon), Germany
  • Mauro Celussi, National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), Italy
  • Helena Hauss,  Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE), Norway
  • Rainer Kiko, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research (GEOMAR), Germany

EuroGOOS Facilitation:

  • Joseph Nolan, Science Officer – Email

Terms of Reference

Taking Samples
Taking Samples

Photo Credit: Getxo marina Ibon, PIE UPVEHU

Photo Credit: Getxo marina Ibon, PIE UPVEHU


Photo Credit: Jenny Lycken (SMHI)

Photo Credit: Jenny Lycken (SMHI)


Photo Credit: Jenny Lycken (SMHI)

Photo Credit: Jenny Lycken (SMHI)