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EuroGOOS Newsletter

 March 2021


EuroGOOS International Conference: Registration opening soon
The event, taking place virtually on 3-5 May, will gather implementers and users of operational oceanography services to take stock of the research, policy, and societal needs, the current ocean monitoring and forecasting capacities, and discuss ways forward. Registration will open in early March. The conference will feature a virtual exhibition and networking space where participants will be able to advertise their products and services, activities, and projects. For updates, please check the conference website here.
EuroGOOS Kostas Nittis Award: Call for nominations extended until 31 March 2021

The EuroGOOS Kostas Nittis Award is presented on an annual basis to a marine student younger than 30 years old at the Master of Science or Ph.D. level who has made an outstanding contribution to the fields of climate change, marine safety, ecosystems and ocean health, or operational oceanography. Candidates should be nominated by current EuroGOOS members. The awardee will receive a grant of €3,000 and the Kostas Nittis medal. Applications are open until 31 March 2021 (23.59 CET). More information is available here.
EuroGOOS response to the European Commission consultation 'Ocean Observation: Sharing Responsibility'
On 18 February, EuroGOOS submitted a response to the Commission’s public consultation on the initiative titled ‘Ocean Observation – Sharing Responsibility’. The submission was done on behalf of the member organizations – 44 national oceanographic institutes, hydrographic agencies, met offices, and foundations from 18 European countries. The response was prepared through a video conference with the members’ delegates and subsequent email interactions. A stand-alone EuroGOOS statement was issued summarizing the main aspects of the EuroGOOS response, and is available on the website.
 EuroGOOS at the European Parliament Intergroup event on ocean observing
On 23 February, EuroGOOS Chair George Petihakis joined the panel of speakers at the European Parliament event on ocean observing organized by the SEArica Intergroup (Seas, Rivers, Islands, and Coastal Areas). The event discussed the first results of the Commission’s consultation with a range of initiatives contributing to the coordination of ocean observing in Europe. The recordings and further information are available here.
Arctic ROOS General Assembly 

The Arctic ROOS General Assembly took place virtually on 16 February. Participants reviewed the progress achieved during the last year on the Arctic Ocean observations systems, modeling, and products. Presentations also included topics such as the MOSAiC observing network, the Essential Climate Variables in sea ice, the new Arctic Data portal, and the development of an action plan for the Arctic Ocean Decade.
EuroSea Workshops: Eulerian Observatories and Joint High Frequency Radar-FerryBox workshop
In March, the EuroSea project will support two virtual workshops as part of its work package on network integration and improvement. The first EuroSea Workshop on Eulerian Observatories (8-9 March) will discuss the best practices in the Eulerian observatories and their transfer into the Ocean Best Practices System as well as data processing and metadata aggregation in OceanOPS. Access the event agenda here.

The High Frequency Radar and FerryBox joint workshop (17-18 March) will gather the FerryBox and HF Radar communities to share information on recent activities and discuss ways forward for different maritime regions. Interested participants can register here. Both workshops are co-organized by the EuroGOOS Task Teams on Fixed Platforms, High Frequency Radars, and FerryBox, respectively, and supported by the EuroGOOS Office.
EuroGOOS High Frequency Radar Task Team releases its second newsletter issue

The EuroGOOS High Frequency Radar Task Team has released its second newsletter issue covering developments from June 2020 to February 2021. The newsletter features success stories, job openings, products and services, recent publications, ongoing and new projects, upcoming events and opportunities as well as snapshot stories about new HF Radar deployments in Portugal, France, and Italy. Read more here.
FORCOAST General Assembly
The Copernicus market uptake project FORCOAST stemmed out of the activities of the EuroGOOS Coastal Working Group. The project held its General Assembly on 10-12 February. The meeting featured presentations of each service modules, their progress, and concrete applications in eight pilot sites covering five different regional waters. The event included a day dedicated to users to collect feedback and suggestions for improvement. The EuroGOOS Office co-leads, with the FORCOAST coordinator Deltares, the work package on marketing, communication and dissemination, and supports work on user identification and engagement.
EuroGOOS at the Ocean Literacy Training Course organized by the Ocean Teacher Global Academy

The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network participated in the first Ocean Literacy Training Course organized within the UN Ocean Decade. The training, led by IOC-UNESCO and its Ocean Teacher Global Academy, gathered a wide range of professionals from different sectors to discuss the topic of Ocean Literacy. Read more here.
EuroGOOS at the CommOCEAN 2020: Conference proceedings and recordings are now available

Proceedings and recordings of the CommOCEAN 2020 conference on science communication have been released here. On 1-2 December 2020, EuroGOOS participated in this international event with a workshop on 'Inclusive communication – How Ocean Literacy can be accessible to all', organized by the EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network. The workshop featured case studies from the EuroGOOS experts and a keynote talk from Valeria Bottalico, accessibility expert at TBA21-Academy's Ocean Space.


PLOCAN develops a living-lab supporting research on the effective protection and sustainable use of the ocean

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is developing a living-lab dedicated to experimenting and observing the ocean to restore ocean health and manage marine resource sustainably, building on the UN Ocean Decade and UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The platform, a unique research infrastructure in the marine and technology sector, is located in the Canary Islands and includes a test site of 23 square kilometers with a Digital Hub which monitors the ocean in real time. Find out more about this initiative on the dedicated webpage
 PLOCAN participates in the MUSICA project to develop a floating multi-use pilot platform for small islands 

PLOCAN joined the Horizon 2020 project MUSICA ('Multiple Use of Space for Island Clean Autonomy') to build a replicable, multi-use platform that will produce electricity and fresh water using renewable power for small and low-populated islands. The platform will also provide innovative energy storage systems and green support services for the aquaculture sector of small islands. Click here to learn more about PLOCAN's contribution and here to read more about the project.
NOC launches robotic underwater gliders to investigate the massive A69a iceberg in the South Atlantic

A joint team from National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) take part in a research mission to study the impact of the giant A-68a iceberg on one of the most important ecosystems in the world. Two robotic submersible gliders were deployed near South Georgia that will collect measurements of seawater salinity, temperature, chlorophyll, and plankton for four months. Learn more about the expedition on the NOC and BAS news webpages here and here.
NOC releases new batch of historic tide gauge ledgers as part of rescuing data initiative
NOC has published a new batch of historic tide gauge ledgers from the North West of England and calls for volunteers to help convert records into usable data for scientists. Long records are vital for studying long-term changes in local tides and sea level, and make significant contributions to oceanography, geodesy, geophysics and geology. Click here to learn more about this initiative.
The hydrographic survey in Cape Verde conducted by the Hydrographic Institute comes to an end
On 13 February, the Hydrographic Brigade  of the Hydrographic Institute successfully concluded its mission as part of the Open Sea 20.2 campaign. The mission has conducted hydrographic surveys, collected water samples for microplastic analysis, and launched drifting buoys as part of a cooperation with the Global Drifter Program - NOAA. The Open Sea Initiative missions have contributed to maritime situational awareness, scientific developments, and cooperative security in the central region of the Atlantic Ocean since 2008. Read more here.
19 researchers from the Institute of Marine Research featured in a recent Stanford ranking of the world's top scientists

A number of 19 researchers from the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) were included among the top two percent of world-leading researchers in the field of fisheries in a ranking published by Stanford University. Based on citations, number of publications, and co-authorship, the Stanford database lists 100,000 top scientists divided into 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields. Read more here.
Researchers at the Institute of Marine Research and Mercator Ocean International contribute to co-authored article on how ocean science and information support the UN SDGs 

The scientific article ‘Ocean science, data, and services for the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’, published in the Journal of Marine Policy, explores how scientific knowledge and ocean information can support all UN Sustainable Development Goals across the three UN pillars of sustainability: environment, society, and economy. The article involved the collaboration of renowned ocean-climate scientists and leading ocean advocates, including Peter M. Haugan, Programme Director at IMR and Karina von Schuckmann, oceanographer at Mercator Ocean International.
AZTI leads the SafeWAVE project investigating the environmental effects of wave energy technologies
The SafeWAVE project aims to improve the understanding of the impact of wave energy technologies on the marine environment in various sites on the coasts of the Basque Country, Portugal, and France. The project will also develop support guides for the administrative processing of wave energy projects as well as education and public engagement strategies for marine renewable energies. The project, financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), is led by AZTI and brings together a multidisciplinary consortium including technology developers, researchers, and data managers. Read more here.
SOCIB research vessel conducts 'CANALES' oceanographic cruise
In February, the Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB) conducted the oceanographic campaign ‘CANALES Winter 2021’ as part of the ‘CANALES’ endurance line, also contributing to the JERICO-S3 project. The campaign aimed to enhance the understanding of state and variability of the Balearic Sea and involved the sampling of physical, chemical, and biological parameters in the Mallorca Channel and Ibiza Channel. Read more here.


IOC-UNESCO kicks off the Ocean Decade with a 'A Brave New Ocean' high-level virtual event
The IOC-UNESCO virtual event ‘A Brave New Ocean’ introduced the UN Ocean Decade, gathering global leaders and ocean experts worldwide to discuss the key challenges and opportunities provided by ocean knowledge for a sustainable and equitable post-pandemic recovery. Discussions highlighted the critical role of the ocean in shaping the future of the planet, and the need for transdisciplinary collaboration and inclusive partnerships at global, regional, national and local levels. Watch the replay here.
UN Ocean Decade event marks the 2021 International Day of Women and Girls in Science
On 11 February, IOC-UNESCO, Fisheries and Ocean Canada, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO hosted a virtual event titled  'Making waves for the Ocean Science: Empowering women and girls in the Ocean Decade' to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Leading female scientists and ocean experts stressed the need for policies, initiatives, and tools to promote gender equality in ocean science and inspire women and girls to pursue careers in science. The event presentation can be downloaded here and the replay is accessible here.
Summary of the results of the targeted consultation on international ocean governance released by the European Commission

The European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) launched a consultation to assess development needs and options for the EU’s International Ocean Governance Agenda. The aim of the consultation was to identify ways to achieve global sustainability objectives for the ocean, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the European Green Deal. Read the full report here.
Summary of the results of the public consultation on the EU Arctic policy published by the European Commission
The European Commission and the EEAS jointly launched a public consultation on the EU Arctic policy (21 July-10 November 2020). The consultation aimed to collect input on how the EU can address key challenges and opportunities in the Arctic in an updated EU Arctic policy. Contributors agreed that the EU should fight environmentally unsustainable practices, promote sustainable development, and keep science and research at the core of decision-making. Read more here.
EU becomes member of the International Coral Reef Initiative to protect marine ecosystems
The EU became the latest member of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), a global partnership for the preservation of the world’s coral reefs and related ecosystems. ICRI brings together approximately 90 organizations and countries acting together to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems, build capacity, foster cooperation, and raise awareness about the environmental, economic, social, and cultural importance of coral reefs. Read more here.
The European Commission approves the revised EUSBSR Action Plan
On 17 February, the European Commission approved an updated Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The revised action plan aims to boost transnational cooperation in the Baltic region for a more efficient post-pandemic recovery. Read the full text here.
The 2021 Copernicus Marine Service General Assembly recordings are now available online
The 2021 Copernicus Marine Service General Assembly was organized virtually on 26-28 January. The event was attended by more than 600 participants. The replays, presentations, and booths will be accessible to the public during the next six months. An overview of the event is available here.
All-Atlantic R&I for a Sustainable Ocean: Ministerial High-Level & Stakeholders Conference:
Stakeholders Survey

The All-Atlantic 2021 'All-Atlantic R&I for a Sustainable Ocean: Ministerial High-Level & Stakeholders Conference' has launched a survey to map out the stakeholders who support marine research and innovation cooperation in the Atlantic Ocean, and who can contribute to the conference’s strategic objectives and scientific areas. The All-Atlantic 2021 Conference will be held under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 3-4 June in Ponta Delgada, Portugal. Click here to answer the survey.
Job Opportunity: Project Director for Horizon2020 GROOM II project
ARMINES is currently looking for a Project Director to coordinate the activities of the GROOM II project (‘Gliders for Research, Ocean Observations and Management: Infrastructure and Innovation’). The project aims to design a European Research Infrastructure for Marine Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (AUVs), streamlining the efforts and resources of various research infrastructures across the continent. The full job description can be found here. Interested candidates should submit their application before 15 March.  


Euro-Argo RISE workshop: Argo in the European Marginal Seas

On 8 April, the Euro-Argo RISE virtual workshop ‘Argo in the European Marginal Seas’ will discuss the Argo technical aspects, data use in the European sea basins, and cooperation activities. The workshop is part of the Mediterranean and Black Seas and the Arctic and Baltic Workshops (8-9 April). Registrations are open until 25 March. Find out more here.

EMSO Time Series Conference, 'Observing Ocean Sound'
The first edition of the EMSO Time Series Conference will bring together the ocean science community to discuss the latest advancements in detecting and monitoring underwater sound for environmental purposes. The event, supported by the Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP),  Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Marine Institute, PLOCAN, Technical University of Catalonia/SARTI Group, and University of Algarve, is scheduled to take place on 20-22 October in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; online attendance options will be available depending on the pandemic situation. Read more here.
 Online registration for IMDIS 2021 Conference is now open
Registration is now open for the IMDIS 2021 Conference taking place online on 12-14 April. The conference will include four sessions on data services and tools in ocean science; technical developments for marine information and data management; marine environmental infrastructures for observation data; and data products, information, and knowledge. The conference programme is available here. Participation is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Click here to register.
ENVRI community hackathon, 'Hack the Arctic'
On 12-14 March, ‘Hack the Arctic’ will bring together science and society representatives to identify innovative solutions for key environmental challenges in the Arctic. The hackathon will focus on topics such as mapping Arctic data, making scientific data available for policy-making, developing services for Arctic communities, addressing environmental changes, and fighting air pollution. Discover the event here. The application period is open here until 12 March.
The Economist Group's 8th Annual World Ocean Summit Virtual Week: Accelerating a sustainable ocean economy

The event, tacking place virtually on 1-5 March, will provide a global platform for governments, businesses, and civil society to discuss the key challenges facing the ocean and act together to build a sustainable blue economy. The summit will feature high-level talks in plenary sessions as well as six dedicated industry tracks covering aquaculture, fishing, energy, plastics, shipping, and tourism. Registration is free and open here.

Protect our oceans, the challenge of Europe's Global Leadership

The Aix-Marseille University's second European Conference will take place on 16 June in Brussels, Belgium. The event will gather leading scientists, EU decision-makers, key ocean actors, and civil society representatives to discuss how ocean science can support Europe’s ambition to assume global leadership in addressing pressing ocean challenges. Read more here. Participation is free and registration is open here.

ICES training course on scientific writing and publishing for marine scientists
On 26 and 28-30 April, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) will organize an online training programme on scientific writing and publishing for marine scientists. The course aims to help participants improve their writing skills for marine science journals, while grasping a better understanding of the scientific publishing process. More information about the course and draft syllabus can be found here. Registration is open here until 12 April.
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