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EuroGOOS Newsletter

November 2020


Nominations for the EuroGOOS Kostas Nittis Award are open until 31 January 2021
The Kostas Nittis Award is offered annually to marine Master of Science/PhD students under age 30 who can demonstrate outstanding achievements in the fields of climate change, marine safety, ecosystem and ocean health, or operational oceanography. The winner will receive the Kostas Nittis Medal and an accompanying grant of € 3,000, which can be used for attending scientific conferences and publishing research articles in open science journals. EuroGOOS members are invited to nominate candidates until 31 January 2021. Please share this announcement widely with those who may be interested.
1st EOOS Technology Forum
On 13 October 2020, the 1st EOOS Technology Forum brought together 77 participants from 11 European countries, the United States, Canada, and Argentina to discuss technological innovation in ocean observing, exchange best practices, and explore new opportunities for public-private collaboration. The forum created a much-needed platform through which marine instrument manufacturers, technicians, technologists and scientists could share information, raise important questions, and build synergies. The event was organized by EuroGOOS through its Technology Plan Working Group and was hosted virtually by SeaTechWeek. Discover the event’s summary, presentations, and video recordings on the EOOS website.
 EuroGOOS High Frequency Radar Task Team and EuroGOOS members featured in Copernicus Observer
The contribution of EuroGOOS members and activities to the operational Copernicus Marine portfolio were highlighted in a Copernicus Observer article published on 15 October. Two examples were outlined: INCREASE, a Copernicus Marine Service Evolution project led by AZTI, which laid the groundwork for the integration of the existing European high frequency radar (HFR) operational systems into the Copernicus Marine portfolio; and IBISAR, a new operational and coastal service developed by SOCIB, which uses the Copernicus Marine HFR product to facilitate Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. The article also featured an interactive map developed by the EuroGOOS High Frequency Radar Task Team, which indicates the location of 105 EU HFRs.
New Horizon 2020 project kicks off: MISSION ATLANTIC – Towards the Sustainable Development of the Atlantic Ocean
In September 2020, the EU-funded project MISSION ATLANTIC was launched, bringing together participants from Brazil, South Africa, North America, and the EU, including seven EuroGOOS members (AZTI, IMR, NOC, Ifremer, PLOCAN, Marine Institute, and IEO). The project will map, model, and assess Atlantic Ocean ecosystems, focusing on their resilience and response to climate change, exploitation, and pollution. Learn more about the project.
NAOS project: A new generation of Argo floats to tackle the future challenges of ocean observations

The NAOS (Novel Argo Observing System) project, coordinated by EuroGOOS member Ifremer and Sorbonne University, came to an end this September after 10 years of technological developments. The main objective of NAOS was to enhance French and European contribution to the international Argo observing system and prepare the next phase of Argo. Read more about the scientific achievements of the NAOS project.
MOCCA project comes to an end
The MOCCA Project (Monitoring the Oceans and Climate Change with Argo), running from 2015 to 2020 under the coordination of the Euro-Argo ERIC Office, enabled the deployment of 150 new floats measuring temperature and salinity and provided more than 20,000 quality-controlled data to the scientific community. To mark the successful conclusion of the project, Euro-Argo ERIC summarized the MOCCA achievements in a leaflet and a three-minute presentation available here.
Bringing ocean literacy to Trieste NEXT Science Festival
On 23-27 September, the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS), member of EuroGOOS and the EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network, participated in the Trieste NEXT Science Festival. The science festival serves as a hub for innovation and a springboard for new ideas on how science and technology can address key societal challenges. Under this year's theme, ‘Science for the Planet: 100 proposals for future life’, the OGS Ocean Literacy Group offered the public the opportunity to explore our individual and collective impact on the ocean as well as its influence on our daily lives. The group also encouraged young people to make responsible and informed decisions regarding the ocean. Read more here.


Have your say on the European Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment on ocean observation

The European Commission Inception Impact Assessment on ocean observation is open for feedback until 19 November 2020. The initiative aims to develop a coherent approach to European ocean observation, based on a joint planning of observation activities and a framework for collaboration at the national and EU level. To speak with one voice, the EuroGOOS Office will coordinate a EuroGOOS response and will circulate a draft for comments among members. Learn more about the initiative.
The first 'Call for Decade Actions' is now open
On 15 October, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO launched the first ‘Call for Decade Actions’, under which partners can submit programmes, projects, or activities that contribute to the Ocean Decade vision. The call focuses on large-scale, multi-country, transformative Decade programmes, as well as on large-scale contributions of in-kind or financial resources for Decade Actions or coordination costs. Participants are invited to submit their request for endorsement for their programme or contribution before 15 January 2021. A virtual session providing additional information on the call is scheduled for 6 November 2020. Read more about this initiative and register here.


New dates for the EuroGOOS International Conference, 5-6 May 2021

The 9th edition of the EuroGOOS International Conference will bring together a wide range of implementers and users of operational oceanography products and services to discuss the latest advancements in ocean monitoring and forecasting, and identify new science and technology priorities. During the two-day event, participants will have the opportunity to exchange information, connect with fellow professionals, and explore how ocean observing and data initiatives can be better integrated at a global level to meet pressing societal demands.The event is foreseen to take place in Brest, France, hosted by Ifremer and SHOM. Check out the EuroGOOS website for regular updates.
BOOS Annual Meeting: 4-6 November 2020
The BOOS Annual Meeting will take place virtually on 4-6 November 2020. Spanning three days, this year’s meeting will include a discussion on the BOOS project cooperation and online communication, a scientific workshop, and a BOOS business meeting. Read more.
MONGOOS Annual Meeting and Workshop: New ocean observation approaches for a blue Mediterranean Sea
The General Assembly of the MONGOOS will take place online on 26 November. A two-day workshop will be organized prior to the General Assembly on 24-25 November to discuss new advances in the development of physical and biogeochemical sensors, multiple and interdisciplinary observing systems, data mining, numerical assimilation, and artificial intelligence in the Mediterranean Sea for a sustainable Blue Economy. The agenda of the event is available here. Registration is open until 20 November.
Webinar: Introducing a Marine Arctic Data Portal
EuroGOOS, together with EMODnet, CMEMS INSTAC, and the Copernicus In Situ Coordination Group will launch a Marine Arctic Data Portal on 27 November 2020. The initiative aims to provide free and easily accessible marine Arctic in-situ data, support European data infrastructures, facilitate access to existing data across various projects, and capture the current state of observing system platforms in the Arctic. Learn more about the event and click here to register.
Programme released for the EuroSea 1st anniversary webinar: 20 November 2020, updated times: 15:00-17:00 CET

EuroSea helps stakeholders co-design European ocean observing and forecasting services and products that deliver information and support decision-making in the areas of climate, coastal and maritime activities, and ocean health. EuroSea is a flagship European Union project supporting the implementation of the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative. This first large stakeholder webinar will bring together the EuroSea funders and implementers along with related European and global initiatives to discuss progress and look forward to a lasting legacy. The EuroGOOS Office as well as many members, Task Teams, and ROOS, are involved in EuroSea. Please help us spread the word about this event. More information is available here.
1st EuroSea Tide Gauge Network Workshop
On 12-14 January 2021, the first EuroSea Tide Gauge Network Workshop will bring together the global tide gauge community to  exchange information on recent activities and discuss ways to overcome challenges across different regions.The workshop is organized by the EuroGOOS Tide Gauge Task Team and hosted by EuroGOOS. Attendance is free and registration is open here. Read more.
EuroGOOS Ferrybox and High Frequency Radar Task Team Workshops
On 23-25 March 2021, the 10th FerryBox Workshop and the High Frequency Radar Workshop will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden. The events will bring together the FerryBox and High Frequency Radar communities to exchange expertise, forge new links, and discuss synergies.The workshops are organized by the EuroGOOS FerryBox and High Frequency Radar Task Teams, in collaboration with the EuroSea project, JERICO-S3, and EMODnet, and will be hosted by SMHI. More information about registration and programme will be available on the EuroGOOS website before the end of 2020.
GOOS Webinar: A FAIR-based tool for improving Global Data sharing  

On 12 November 2020, the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) will organize a presentation to introduce ERDDAP, a freely available open source data platform which can help build data management capacity and lower the technical barriers to providing and accessing scientific data. The event is part of the GOOS Webinar Series during which participants can discuss activities and topics of interest to the GOOS community. Registration is open here.
The Ocean Decade Virtual Series
The Ocean Decade Virtual Series, organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, provides a virtual forum where a wide range of stakeholders and partners can share new, science-based solutions to achieve the Decade Outcomes. Discussions are structured around the Decade Challenges, and focus on cross-cutting themes and common priorities for the ocean and society as a whole. View a list of upcoming sessions and register here.
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