Arctic ROOS

Arctic ROOS is an open forum for national agencies, research institutes, universities as well as commercial bodies to inform, share and develop an Arctic Ocean observing system. It is a regional alliance of the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS), whose main objective is to harmonize European operational oceanography activities. Arctic ROOS seeks to coordinate activities with the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and other regional Arctic Ocean observing networks.

Arctic ROOS was established in 2007. It includes 20 members from 11 countries.


  1. Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), Denmark
  2. Defence Centre for Operational Oceanography (FCOO), Denmark
  3. Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Finland
  4. Mercator Ocean, France
  5. Institute Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer), France
  6. Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar und Meeresforschung (AWI), Germany
  7. University of Bremen (IUP), Germany
  8. Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI), Iceland
  9. National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), Italy
  10. Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway
  11. Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), Norway
  12. The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway
  13. University of Bergen, Geophysical Institute, Norway
  14. Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway
  15. Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway), Norway
  16. Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), Norway
  17. Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAS), Poland
  18. Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NIERSC), Russia
  19. Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Sweden
  20. The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), United Kingdom

The Arctic ROOS mission is to integrate European oceanographic and sea ice monitoring and forecasting activities in the Arctic.

The goals of the Arctic ROOS are as follows:

  • Integrate European oceanographic and sea ice monitoring activities in the Arctic;
  • Foster development of automatic real-time observations;
  • Promote and facilitate dissemination of data via the FAIR principles;
  • Enhance the development of open source community oceanographic, wave and sea-ice models;
  • Develop European capacity for the ocean and sea-ice monitoring.

The scope of co-operation activities extends to areas of operational oceanography such as data and product management, research, product development, service provision as well as education and training.

Arctic ROOS products: in-situ observations, remote sensing products, and forecasts.