Themes and topics

The 9th EuroGOOS conference themes and topics

A.  Europe’s contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

  • The UN Decade of Ocean as a framework to develop partnerships and engagement priorities from the European operational oceanographic community;
  • Progress towards exploitation of ocean knowledge and information towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Enhancing ocean literacy to ensure transparency, accessibility, inclusiveness and co-design of the UN Decade’s implementation;
  • Ensure that European contributions to the UN Decade promote and adhere to Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) principles for data sharing;
  • European ocean science, technology and innovation to contribute to the UN Decade’s themes of safe ocean, predicted ocean, clean ocean, healthy ocean, sustainably harvested ocean and transparent and accessible ocean.

B.  In-situ and remote sensing observations: towards a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) in the framework of the Ocean Decade

  • Coordination of ocean observing capacities at regional and global scale;
  • Use of research infrastructures to support oceanography;
  • In-situ observations: present and emerging technologies, new biological and chemical observations; climate observations;
  • New concept of “transversal support infrastructure” for research infrastructures including metrology;
  • Data management: harmonization at European and global levels;
  • Satellite remote sensing: new products, new sensors, new missions;
  • How European Research Infrastructures will help to build a strong European network of observing system operators.

C.  Ocean modelling and forecasting: extending and improving predictability

  • Global, regional, shelf and coastal forecasting systems;
  • Assessment of forecasting skill, metrics;
  • Data assimilation: new sources, new schemes;
  • Ecosystem models: present and future developments;
  • Next generation ocean models: coupling atmosphere, ocean and biochemistry;
  • Combining models and data for environmental assessments.

D.  Meeting end-user needs and supporting marine development

  • New oceanographic products and services for users;
  • Building an interface with users through a structured collection of and dialogue on their requirements and a service assessment process;
  • Promoting the use and uptake of operational oceanographic products;
  • Responsible Research and Innovation in European oceanography: ensuring stakeholder co-design and maximize use and efficiency;
  • Fostering links to industry to enhance European competitiveness through new and existing ocean businesses.