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EuroGOOS Newsletter

February 2021

EuroGOOS HIGHLIGHTS

EuroGOOS International Conference: Last day to submit your abstracts
 
Today is the last day when you can submit your abstract for the EuroGOOS International Conference, taking place virtually on 3-5 May. The event will bring together a wide range of implementers and users of operational oceanography services to take stock of current ocean monitoring and forecasting capacities and discuss ways to move forward. Participants can join the event free of charge as paper and poster presenters, exhibitors, or attendees. Read more about the event and submit your abstract 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.
Discover an ocean of opportunities with the EuroGOOS Members' job ads webpage
 
Are you looking for your next career opportunity in oceanography and wider marine science community? Whether you're interested in a junior-level position or a senior management role, make sure you check the EuroGOOS Member's job ads page for updates.
First EuroSea Tide Gauge Workshop

The first EuroSea Tide Gauge Workshop, hosted by EuroGOOS and chaired by the EuroGOOS Tide Gauge Team, took place on 12-14 January. The event was a success and brought together over 160 participants coming from 37 countries on all continents. Attendees shared experiences, exchanged information on recent activities, and discussed ways to overcome distinct regional challenges and improve data flows and coordination between data portals. The presentations and draft conclusions of the workshop are available here.

EuroSea Annual Meeting

The EuroSea Annual Meeting was held on 18-22 January with the project’s General Assembly taking place on the last day. The EuroGOOS Office co-leads two work packages and is represented on the Gender and Diversity Board, while many EuroGOOS members and ROOS representatives are project partners. The week showcased progress in the first 14 months of the project and featured invited talks from colleagues at Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and several EuroSea-related EU projects. Inga Lips presented the EOOS framework developments. Dina Eparkhina and Emma Heslop organized a session on EuroSea impact monitoring. At the General Assembly, George Petihakis was elected member of the EuroSea Executive Board to fill the seat left vacant after the departure of Glenn Nolan from EuroGOOS. More information about the event can be found on the event’s webpage.

EuroGOOS at the Copernicus Marine Environment Service (CMEMS) General Assembly
 

On 26-28 January, EuroGOOS participated in the online CMEMS General Assembly. EuroGOOS Chair, George Petihakis, joined the round table on “Satellite and in Situ Upstream Infrastructure”, where he highlighted the long-standing support by the broad EuroGOOS community towards the CMEMS in-situ data aggregation, and cooperation with the European Environment Agency (EEA) on the coordination of European in-situ data for the Copernicus programme. During a session on “Ocean challenges in the next phase of Copernicus”, Inga Lips, EuroGOOS Secretary General, highlighted the need for a coordinated European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) to support the Copernicus in-situ component and wider Copernicus products.

From left to right, first row: Pierre Bahurel (MOi), Pierre-Yves Le Traon (MOi), Nicolaus Hanowski (ESA); second row: Inga Lips (EuroGOOS), Jyrki Suominen (DG RTD, European Commission), Mauro Facchini (DG DEFIS, European Commission); third row: Phil Evans (EUMETSAT); Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC-UNESCO); Manuel Pizarro (European Parliament).

NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS

 New Portus oceanographic system launched by Puertos des Estado

A new updated version of the meteo-oceanographic platform Portus by Puertos del Estado was released in December 2020. The digital interface includes several new features, such as Lagrangian particle animations for wind, as well as visualizations of waves and current forecast, historical data, and ADCP currents data.

PLOCAN, IEO and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria renew the ESTOC observatory
 
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), together with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have renewed the European Oceanic Time Series Station in the Canary Islands (ESTOC), the main marine observation infrastructure in the archipelago. ESTOC has monitored the ocean since the early 1990s, and has helped collect data on the variations in the state of the ocean and the impact of human activity on the marine environment. Read more here.
SOCIB launches new glider mission in the Balearic Sea
 
The Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB) has successfully launched a new glider (sdeep 06) in the Balearic Sea. The mission, scheduled to last until March, will collect valuable physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic data from the surface to approximately a thousand meters deep and send it via satellite. The mission will enhance scientific understanding of complex inter-basin exchange of water masses, and will support the research, monitoring, and testing activities of SOCIB. Follow the glider in real time here and read more about the mission.
NIVA teams up with REV Ocean to coordinate four key ocean actions

The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) announced a partnership with REV Ocean for coordinating ocean actions in four areas of activity. These include actions for blue forests for sustainable oceans and climate change mitigation; actions against plastic pollution; ocean data collection via marine drones; and the use of FerryBox ships of opportunity to enhance scientific understanding of issues ranging from ocean acidification to climate change and microplastics pollution. Learn more here.

Ifremer launches Octo'pousse innovation contest to boost Blue Economy start-up projects
 
Ifremer has launched the Octo’pousse contest to support startup innovation projects in the area of Blue Economy responding to current societal and environmental challenges. Winners will receive a 60K € grant to implement their project, access to research facilities and laboratories, as well the opportunity to collaborate with one of the research teams of Ifremer. Detailed instructions for applicants are available here (in French only). Online applications are open until 1 March.
Members of the NOC RAPID team part of the international team winning the Oceanography Society (TOS) Ocean Observing Team Award

The RAPID/MOCHA/WBTS 26ºN team was selected as the inaugural winner of the Oceanography Society (TOS) Ocean Observing Team Award, which acknowledges innovation and excellence in sustained ocean observing. The awardee group’s work has significantly enhanced scientific understanding of Atlantic circulation, has improved open data access, and has contributed to community best practices, including through the Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) under the auspices of IOC. Learn more about the team's achievements here.

Over 130 online resources to learn about the ocean made available by the Marine Institute
 
With a surge in global online education in response to the pandemic, the Marine Institute's Oceans of Learning series offers free access to over 130 resources on the ocean. Additionally, the Marine Institute's Explorers Education Programme provides a wide range of lesson plans and online resources about the ocean and its impact on our daily lives. Discover all resources here.

LATEST STAKEHOLDER NEWS

 IOOC report on measuring the performance of ocean observing systems
 
Measuring the performance of ocean observing systems can take many different forms, considering the range of themes, categories, and criteria that comprise the ocean science and technology enterprise. The United States Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) report assesses fairly mature observing systems (sea level rise, ocean acidification, and harmful algal blooms) and proposes pilot metrics covering a range of activities, from observing infrastructure and assets to economic impacts. This will help assess the baseline of, measure progress, and identify gaps in the selected observing systems. Find the report here.
Human activities affect negatively 93% of Europe's marine area, EEA briefing shows 
 
A briefing released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals that most of Europe’s marine area (93%) is affected by multiple anthropogenic pressures from pollution, sea floor disturbance, intensive fishery, and coastal activities. The report assesses these combined pressures and effects in Europe’s seas and advances an ecosystem-based perspective for managing human activities in the marine environment.  Read the briefing here.
Regional initiatives and National Decade Committees established to support the UN Ocean Decade
 
Building on the Decade Regional Planning workshops in 2019-2020, a number of dedicated structures have been set up in various regions to identify regional initiatives and programmes for the Ocean Decade and facilitate national coordination of Decade activities. For more information and the full list of contact points, click here.
IOC-UNESCO and ECO Magazine partner to release special edition on UN Ocean Decade
 
A special digital edition dedicated to the UN Ocean Decade will be jointly published by IOC-UNESCO and ECO Magazine. The magazine will feature inspiring stories, innovative ideas, new knowledge, and partnerships submitted by ocean stakeholders involved in all fields related to the Ocean Decade. The edition will become available in May 2021 and will be distributed at Decade-related events between May-September 2021. Read more here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Save the date: Arctic ROOS General Assembly

The ARCTIC ROOS General Assembly will take place online on 16 February. The first part of the meeting will include invited presentations on ongoing and new projects and the EMODnet Arctic Data Portal, while the second part will be dedicated to joint activity planning. The meeting details and full agenda will be released on the EuroGOOS events webpage one week before the event.

 Save the new dates: 10th FerryBox Workshop and High Frequency Radar Workshop, 17-18 March 2021
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10th FerryBox Workshop and High Frequency Radar workshop was moved online and will take place on 17-18 March 2021. The agenda and registration information will be available shortly.

BlueMed CSA Final Conference

The event will take place virtually on 22-24 February, and will focus on the key outcomes of the BlueMed CSA. The conference will feature discussions on the shared Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, the related Implementation Plans, as well as the outcomes of the Pilot Initiative for a Healthy, Plastic-free Mediterranean Sea, of the Start Up Actions, and of the BlueMed Young Ambassadors’ Programme. Participation is free of charge and registration is open here.
"A Brave New Ocean": Join the first major event of the Ocean Decade

On 3 February, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO will organize a high-level virtual event to discuss the challenges and opportunities provided by the ocean in the context of the UN Ocean Decade. Suggestively titled ‘‘A Brave New Ocean”, the meeting will gather government leaders, UN agencies, marine scientists, and young ocean leaders to take stock of the progress made towards a healthy and resilient ocean and reflect on ways forward. The full programme is available here. The event will be live streamed on UNESCO YouTube channel and on the IOC-UNESCO Facebook page.

Empowering women and girls in the Ocean Decade

On 11 February, Fisheries and Ocean Canada, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and the IOC  will jointly organize a webinar titled “Making waves for the Ocean Science: Empowering women and girls in the Ocean Decade”. The event is part of the celebrations for the 2021 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and aims to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls in ocean science. Click here to register.

EGU General Assembly 2021
 
This year, the EGU General Assembly will take place virtually from 19 to 30 April. The event provides an interactive forum where scientists of all career stages can share ideas and present their latest work in all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The meeting will feature 700 scientific sessions, 60 short courses, 50 medals and awards lectures, 35 inter-and trans-disciplinary sessions, as well as multiple networking events. Registration is open here. For regular updates, please visit the event’s website and follow @EuroGeosciences on Twitter.
 Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics: Towards an understanding and assessment of human impact on coastal marine environments 
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 52nd Liège Colloquium was rescheduled for 17-21 May 2021 and is expected to go hybrid. The event aims to bring together scientists in different disciplines to discuss the progress towards a better understanding, monitoring, and forecasting of the impact of anthropogenic activities on coastal marine environments. Interested participants can still submit abstracts here. For more information and updates, please visit the event’s webpage.
Mark your calendars: European Maritime Day, 20-21 May 2021

During a two-day event, the European Maritime Day Conference will bring together Europe’s ocean leaders and maritime community to discuss the state of play on a wide range of topics related to the Blue Economy and the marine environment and plan joint action for the future. The event will include high-level plenary sessions, project pitch sessions, as well as stakeholder workshops targeting professionals from businesses, government organizations, public institutions, NGOs and academia. This year, the event will be hybrid with plenary sessions taking place in Den Helder and the majority of the stakeholders’ workshop running virtually. Read more about the event and explore the provisional programme here.
EMODnet Open Conference and Jamboree

The second EMODnet Open Conference and Jamboree were postponed to 14-18 June 2021. The event will be held as a hybrid event taking place physically in Oostende, Belgium with virtual options for registrants. Bringing together EMODnet partners, data providers and users, the Open Conference will focus on use cases and requirements for developing open, fit for purpose marine data services. More information will be available on the EMODnet webpage.

 EUMETSAT Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS) training workshops: Applications open until 12 March
 
The training workshop aims to provide attendees with the skills and resources they need to access and process Sentinel-3 data independently. This training targets professionals in the operational marine sector and government agencies who are interested in satellite-based ocean observation data for marine applications. Interested participants should apply here by 12 March. The workshop is free and will be held online.
Workshop: High-resolution sea surface temperature (HRSST) drifting buoys for satellite SST
 
The online event, jointly organized by EUMETSAT, CLS and Météo France, will gather scientific and operational users of HRSST drifting buoys and drifting buoy data producers to discuss the topic of high-resolution sea surface temperature (HRSST) measurements. The meeting is open to anyone interested in HRSST drifting buoys and their use for satellite SST validation and scientific/operational SST applications. Register here before 25 February.

Arctic Science Summit Week

The Arctic Science Summit Week 2021 will take place online from 19 to 26 March. Under the overarching theme “The Arctic: Regional Changes, Global Impacts”, the event will bring together experts on the Arctic and Indigenous Peoples to discuss a broad range of topics, including the changing Arctic Ocean, Arctic climate dynamics, changing terrestrial dynamics, ecosystem dynamics, education and capacity-building, local community issues, and more. Access the programme and registration information on the event's website.

 ICES Annual Science Conference 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICES Annual Science Conference was postponed until 6-9 September 2021 and will take place as a hybrid event both online and on-site in Copenhagen. Detailed information about the theme sessions, network sessions, and keynote speakers can be accessed on the ICES official website. Registration is now open here.

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