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EuroGOOS Newsletter

December 2020

EUROGOOS HIGHLIGHTS

The EuroGOOS International Conference goes virtual and moves to 3-5 May 2021

The 9th EuroGOOS International Conference will gather developers and users of operational oceanography products and services to discuss cutting-edge developments in ocean monitoring and forecasting, and map out science and technology priorities. The three-day conference, taking place virtually from 3 to 5 May 2021, will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet and network with a wide range of international partners and stakeholders, and explore innovative services and ideas. The virtual event will provide an exciting and interactive experience, with plenary sessions and parallel sessions focused on three core themes: in-situ and remote sensing observations; ocean modelling and forecasting; and end-user needs and marine development. The event will also host the award ceremony of the Kostas Nittis medal and grant, awarded annually by EuroGOOS to outstanding early-career marine scientists (call for nominations open here). Details about the conference call for abstracts and registration process will follow soon on the EuroGOOS webpage and social media – stay tuned!
European Commission inception impact assessment: Ocean observation –
sharing responsibility
 
EuroGOOS submitted its institutional response to the European Commission inception impact assessment, 'Ocean observation – sharing responsibility', as part of the online consultation on the inception (22 October – 19 November 2020). Read our response here. This initiative, proposed by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, aims to achieve joint planning of observation activities and a framework for collaboration on a national and EU scale. As a unique voice of European oceanography representing national and regional interests and well established in the Global Ocean Observing System, EuroGOOS stands ready to deliver a coordinated support to the European Commission’s ocean observation actions supporting joint planning of ocean observing activities and a framework for collaboration on a national and EU scale.
 
Further to the request for stakeholder feedback on the inception, the Commission launched on 27 November an open public consultation to prepare a proposal for an act towards the third quarter of 2021.The consultation aims to collect views on current bottlenecks in ocean observation, ensure that all stakeholder groups are represented, and gather further information. The consultation is open here until 19 February 2021.
Jump-start your career with the EuroGOOS members’ job ads page

The EuroGOOS members’ job ads page publishes a vast range of job openings in the field of oceanography and marine science. From early-career opportunities to middle and executive-level employment, the page features opportunities across 44 member organizations in 18 countries. Learn more about current job openings and apply for opportunities that inspire you here.
EuroSea 1st Anniversary Webinar
 
On 20 November, the EuroSea project held its first anniversary webinar. The event was a success and brought together 157 participants, including EuroSea funders and implementers, as well as related European and global initiatives. Attendees took stock of the project’s progress in the areas of design and coordination, services and innovations, governance and legacy, and discussed ways forward during a high-level panel. The project, funded under Horizon 2020, uses a co-design approach to improve European ocean observing and forecasting services and products in the areas of climate, coastal and maritime activities, and ocean health. The EuroGOOS Office as well as Task Teams and member organizations are involved. 
Watch EuroSea video highlighting the contribution of the project to an improved and integrated ocean observing and forecasting system
JERICO-DS kick-off meeting

On 11-13 November, EuroGOOS took part in the JERICO-DS project kick-off meeting, which brings together 14 partners for 3 years under the coordination of Ifremer. The event gathered approximately 50 participants and focused on the work plans for the different work packages. New collaborations were announced between JERICO-DS and various EuroGOOS structures, including its Task Teams (e.g. High Frequency Radar and Fixed Platforms) and the Office. This Horizon 2020-funded project aims to develop a design for an advanced and sustainable European research infrastructure that will provide high-quality data on European coastal marine areas and will support high-impact research and innovation. 
EOOS Operations Committee holds a successful inaugural meeting

The newly-formed EOOS Operations Committee held its first meeting on 24-25 November. The virtual meeting was chaired by EuroGOOS and co-organized by EuroGOOS and GOOS, with the EuroSea project being a major sponsor of the EOOS Operations Committee. The event attracted over 45 participants across 23 European countries, representing European nations, research infrastructures, European earth observation agencies, research vessel operators, network of marine stations and regional coordination groups such as EuroGOOS ROOS and Task Teams. The meeting was successful with informative and insightful discussions which explored solutions to improve the visibility of ocean observing benefits, foster integration, coordination, and collaboration, and advocate for sustainable funding. Read more here.
NOOS Annual Meeting

EuroGOOS North West European Shelf Operational Oceanographic System (NOOS) held its annual meeting on 27 October. Dr. Sebastien Legrand was re-elected Chair, while Dr. Jacob Nielsen and Dr. Annette Zijderveld were elected Steering Group members. EuroGOOS provided an update on activities from other ROOS, Task Teams, Working Groups, and the Office. NOOS will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year and is planning to hold a meeting in spring 2021.
BOOS Annual Meeting
 
The EuroGOOS Baltic Operational Oceanographic System (BOOS) annual meeting took virtually on 4-6 November. EuroGOOS Office attended. Dr. Jun She and Dr. Taavi Liblik were elected Steering Group members, with Jun She continuing as Chair of BOOS. Updates were provided on the BOOS modelling programme and national activities, including progress on the BOOS website redesign which is supported by the EuroGOOS Office. New areas of cooperation were discussed including public-private partnerships, river data, big data and machine learning, marine plastics, and Argo-Glider cooperation.
MONGOOS Workshop and Annual General Assembly

On 24-25 November, the Mediterranean Operational Network for the Global Ocean Observing System (MONGOOS) workshop ‘New ocean observation approaches for a blue Mediterranean Sea’ brought together over 100 attendees in 16 countries. The high-quality scientific presentations covered a broad array of topics, ranging from integrated observing systems to physical-biochemical model capabilities in the Mediterranean.
 
The workshop was followed by the MONGOOS Annual General Assembly on 26 November. The meeting featured an overview of the observing, modelling, and marine services in the Mediterranean Sea, followed by invited presentations on EuroGOOS, EOOS, GOOS, as well as initiatives such as the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and CoastPredict and their contribution to Mediterranean operational oceanography activities. Relevant EuroGOOS activities, including its Ocean Literacy Network and Task Teams, were presented with a special emphasis on their Mediterranean dimension. The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) was admitted as a new member of MONGOOS.
The Arctic Data Portal: Unlocking new ocean data in the Arctic
 
In November, an Arctic Data Portal was launched to improve the availability, quality, timeliness, and accessibility of essential marine in situ data from the Arctic region. The Portal is a joint initiative of EMODnet, CMEMS INSTAC, Copernicus In Situ Coordination Group and EuroGOOS, and was implemented under EMODnet Physics. The project started with two events: a kick-off meeting (20 November) bringing together representatives from Copernicus, EMODnet, European Polar Board, the Southern Ocean Observing System, the Arctic Data Committee, and EuroGOOS, and a dedicated webinar (27 November) attracting over 100 attendees in 24 countries to discuss the role of the Portal for unlocking new data that will improve the marine services in the Arctic. Explore the Portal here.
The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network at the 4th International Marine Science Communication Conference
 
The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network is preparing a workshop at the 4th International Marine Science Communication Conference (CommOCEAN) to take place virtually on 1-2 December. The Network has undertaken what is thought to be the most comprehensive survey of ocean literacy activities across European oceanographic organizations, and identified a potential gap in activities which are accessible to all. In this interactive workshop, participants will hear from an expert in accessible communication about the skills and techniques needed to ensure that as many people as possible can access and understand the messages we want to convey, and will discuss how to use these insights to improve ocean literacy. The conference programme can be accessed here.

The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network was promoted at the BlueTech Week organized by the US industry cluster TMA in November 2020. Dina Eparkhina presented the Network’s activities in the session discussing global experiences in ocean literacy in developing new paradigms for the ocean’s value for society and development of blue careers.

LATEST STAKEHOLDER NEWS

Euro-Argo RISE project celebrates its 18th month anniversary and launches a new video presentation

The Euro-Argo RISE (Euro-Argo Research Infrastructure Sustainability and Enhancement) is a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project aiming to secure, improve, and extend the current Argo network in Europe by providing essential ocean observations, and working to coalesce European efforts to reach the targets of the Argo network. Watch the new presentation video of the project here and learn more about the project’s key achievements.
Two 3-headed Deep-Arvor profiling boats successfully tested in the Euro-Argo RISE project

The LOPS/Ifremer and IEO scientific teams have successfully tested two 3-headed Deep-Arvor profiling floats to assess the deep-sea monitoring performances of three different conductivity, temperature, and depth sensors (CTDs). The measurements were performed in the framework of the Euro-Argo RISE project as part of a final test before deployment in the Canary basin, and are expected to support the global implementation of the Deep-Argo network. Read more here.
New Copernicus satellite to monitor sea-level rise successfully launched
 
On 21 November, the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean-monitoring satellite was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Its main mission is to provide high-precision ocean altimetry measurements, which are crucial for understanding sea-level rise and climate change, policy-making, and protecting the populations at risk. The data will benefit a wide range of applications in the area of operational oceanography, including ship routing, fisheries, marine industries, and responses to environmental hazards. Sentinel-6 is the result of an ambitious Europe-US cooperation bringing together the European Commission, ESA, EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA, with support from CNES, and constitutes a key addition to the Copernicus programme. Read more here and watch the replay of the launch coverage here.
The European Commission launches the first call for project submission of the Youth4Ocean Forum

Members of the Youth4Ocean Forum interested in the sustainable use of marine resources, ocean health, and other marine sectors are invited to submit their project ideas and become EU Young Ocean Advocates. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas in European events, network with experts, and benefit from mentoring to improve the health of the ocean and the livelihoods of coastal communities. Apply here before 15 January 2021. 
New report on the implementation of the European Union Maritime Security Strategy Action Plan is released

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have jointly published a new report on the implementation of the revised EU Maritime Security Strategy Action Plan. The document covers the reporting period from July 2018 to December 2019 to assess the implementation of the strategy at national and EU level and provide a clear picture of the EU coordinated approach to maritime security. The report highlights, among others, the key contribution of Copernicus to search and rescue operations, improved maritime awareness, and the fight against maritime crime. Read the full document here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

JPI-Oceans and BlueMed Workshop: 'Musing on the concept of Good Environmental Status: the complexity of the status and the status of the complexity'

On 2-4 December, JPI-Oceans and BlueMed will jointly organize a virtual workshop focusing on how research and innovation can contribute to a better understanding and sustainable management of marine ecosystems to achieve good marine environmental status within the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Read more about the event here.  
All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum: Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic
 
On 3-4 December, South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission will host the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum. The two-day virtual event will bring together policy-makers, researchers, civil society representatives, entrepreneurs, and the youth to explore key topics related the Atlantic Ocean, with a focus on how the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance can contribute to the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The full programme and registration information are available on the event's webpage.
Ocean Decade Virtual Series: New sessions scheduled for December
 
The Ocean Decade Virtual Series, organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, continues in December with three new sessions: ‘Fostering innovative ocean science partnerships for Small Island Developing States in the Ocean Decade’ (7 December); ‘Co-designing the science we need for the Ocean Decade: Part 2’ (8 December); and ‘Co-designing the science we need for the North Atlantic’ (10 December). The Ocean Decade Virtual Series offers a virtual forum where a broad array of stakeholders can share best practices, participate in co-design activities, and discuss common priorities to achieve the Decade outcomes.
EU International Ocean Governance Forum 2020: Setting the course for future action
 
On 14-16 December, the European Commission and the European External Action Service will organize the 2nd International Ocean Governance Forum. The virtual event will explore how the Forum can transform the proposals emerging from the April-July webinars and the July-October online consultation into concrete policy priorities. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, and High Representative Vice President Josep Borrell will join the high-level opening of the Forum to discuss recent developments in international ocean governance. Parallel workshops (15-16 December) will cover topics such as climate change, regional and international ocean governance, sustainable blue economy, sustained ocean observations, sharing and integration of ocean data, and more. Registration is open here until 10 December.
The first EuroSea Tide Gauge Network Workshop kicks off in January 2021

The first EuroSea Tide Gauge Network Workshop will take place virtually from 12 to 14 January 2021. The event will gather the global tide gauge community to share information on recent activities and identify ways to address challenges across different regions, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshop is organized by the EuroGOOS Tide Gauge Task Team and hosted by EuroGOOS, and marks the first of the two workshops held in the framework of the EuroSea project. Learn more about the event and register here.
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