Coastal Observatories: Innovation meets industry


Inform and engage with potential end users from industry – Jerico-Next brokerage event at Ocean Business 2017

Tuesday 4 April, 13:00 – 16:30
Ocean Business 2017, National Oceanography Centre, Room 166/21 Lab G1 
Open to all interested participants

Marine environmental data are being generated by a large number of existing coastal observatories. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can make commercial products and services based on these data.  This workshop is designed to present what data are currently available and learn from the business community and end-users which data sets have most relevance and impact for different business sectors, including shipping, ports, metocean forecasting, defence, submarine cables, marine environmental monitoring, deep-sea mining, aquaculture, oil and gas exploration and offshore renewable energy operations.

This workshop will be an opportunity for end-users of marine observation data to give feedback to the managers of coastal observatories on the relevance and impact of different data sets to business activities. The event is organized by the Jerico-Next project and convened by Nick O’Neill, SLR Consulting Ireland, at Ocean Business 2017

Public marine observation and data sharing initiatives have been making efforts in actively engaging industry, either as users or providers of data. EuroGOOS has been active in this regard notably through the COLUMBUS project. To this end, together with partners Seascape Consultants (UK), VLIZ (Belgium), PLOCAN (Spain), Marine South East (UK), and SmartBay Ireland, we have contributed to a set of guidelines on the best practices and challenges to consider in engaging with industry.  The document, titled ‘Use and sharing of marine observations and data by industry: Good practice guide’, is a result of several meetings with industry (by VLIZ and Seascape) and a EuroGOOS-led brokerage workshop held during SeaTech week 2016 in Brest, France. The Guidelines will be presented at the workshop by Glenn Nolan, Secretary General of EuroGOOS and COLUMBUS partner.

Download COLUMBUS guide on use and sharing of marine observations and data by industry


14:00-14:30        Presentation on Jerico infrastructure (where/what/online demo/wall charts)
14:30-14:45         Introduction to the workshop
14:45-15:45         Workshop: Impact and relevance of observatory data to commercial end-users
15:45-16:30         Feedback from end-users and discussion on opportunities to develop products and services

National Oceanography Centre

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