Baltic Operational Oceanographic System (BOOS)

The Baltic Operational Oceanographic System was formed by the signature of the BOOS Memorandum of Understanding in 2001, with the aim to promote and develop an operational oceanographic infrastructure including routine collection, interpretation and presentation of in situ and satellite data. This information is necessary in order to improve efficiency of marine operations, reduce risks for accidents, optimise monitoring of marine environment and climate, improve assessment of fish stocks and improve foundation of public marine management.

BOOS currently numbers 19 member organisations from 13 countries:

  1. Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie – BSH – Germany
  2. Defence Centre for Operational Oceanography – FCOO – Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. Danish Meteorological Institute – DMI – Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Marine Research – Klaipeda, Lithuania
  5. Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu – Tallinn, Estonia
  6. Finnish Meteorological Institute – FMI – Helsinki, Finland
  7. Finnish Environmental Institute – SYKE – Helsinki, Finland
  8. Institute of Meteorology and Water management – IMGW – Warsaw and Gdynia, Poland
  9. Institute of Oceanology – IOPAS – Sopot, Poland
  10. Leibniz-Institute für Ostseeforschung Warnenmünde – IOW – Warnemünde, Germany
  11. Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Agency – LEGMA – Riga, Latvia
  12. Marine Systems Institute – MSI – Tallinn, Estonia
  13. Maritime Institute Gdansk – MIG – Gdansk, Poland
  14. Danish Centre for Environment and Energy – DCE-AU, Denmark
  15. North-West Regional Administration for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring – NWAHEM – St. Petersburg, Russia
  16. St. Petersburg Branch of State Oceanographic Institute – SPb SOI – St. Petersburg, Russia
  17. Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute – SMHI – Norrköping, Sweden
  18. University of Latvia – UL – Riga, Latvia
  19. University of Gdansk – UIG – Gdansk, Poland
  20. Swedish Maritime Administration – SMA – Norrköping, Sweden

and 3 associate members:

  1. Russian State Hydrometeorological University RSHU
  2. Klaipeda University, Lithuania
  3. Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – HZG, Germany

The BOOS Secretariat is located at MSI in Estonia.

Link to BOOS products