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.
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.