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EuroGOOS Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems and In-Situ Observations

January 2012

MyOcean does not operate in situ observing systems but collect observations from data providers outside MyOcean, and mainly from EuroGOOS which have contributed significantly to structure the Operational Oceanography community as an efficient network.

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EuroGOOS is an association of national governmental agencies and research organizations, founded in 1994, committed to European-scale operational oceanography within the context of the intergovernmental Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

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The overall objective of EuroGOOS is to identify, promote, foster, plan and implement cost-efficient operational oceanographic services in Europe and its regions for the benefit of its members in their national and international roles.

EuroGOOS has 34 members, providing operational oceanographic services and carrying out marine research, from 16 European countries. EuroGOOS has developed a European regional structure for the integrated production of observations and services, so called " Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems" (ROOSes).Six regional sea areas have been defined, all closely linked and essential for MyOcean :

- Arctic ROOS :The Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System has been established by a group of 14 member institutions from 9 European countries working actively with ocean observation and modeling systems for the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. Arctic ROOS promotes, develops and maintains operational monitoring and forecasting of ocean circulation, water masses, ocean surface conditions, and sea ice and biological/chemical constituents. One of the goals of Arctic ROOS is to contribute to the legacy of IPY, maintaining cost-effective and useful observing systems after the end of IPY. Arctic ROOS members

- BOOS : The Baltic Operational Oceanographic System ‘s vision is to improve the safety and efficiency of maritime transport and marine operations, to enable the sustainable exploitation and management of Baltic Sea resources (fisheries), to support safe and efficient offshore energy activities, to mitigate the effects of environmental hazards and pollution crisis, to contribute to ocean climate variability studies and seasonal climate prediction and to federate the resources and expertise of diverse institutes, agencies, and companies in the public and private sector. BOOS members

- NOOS : The North West European Shelves Operational Oceanographic System is an operational oceanography organization. NOOS is operated by partners from the 9 countries bordering the extended North Sea and European North West Shelf: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK. The partners collaborate to develop and implement ocean observing and prediction systems for the NWS area, with delivery of real time operational data products and services. NOOS members
 

- IBI-ROOS : The goal of Ireland-Biscay-Iberia Regional Operational Oceanographic System is to set up an operational oceanography organization operated by participating partners from the 5 countries bordering the Iberian-Biscay-Irish maritime area ( France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and UK), collaborating to develop and implement ocean observing systems for the IBI-ROOS area, with delivery of real time operational data products and services. IBI-ROOS members

- MOON : The Mediterranean Operational Oceanography Network works to consolidate the operational observational/modeling system in the Mediterranean and to demonstrate the usage of the marine environmental prediction system for integrated management of Open Ocean and coastal marine areas. MOON and MedGOOS have recently joined forces and signed a MoA.The new entity is called "MONGOOS" (Mediterranean Operational Network for the Global Ocean System). The following members list will be therefore shortly updated. MOON members
 

- BLACK SEA GOOS : the Black Sea Global Ocean Observing System contributes to international planning and implementation of the GOOS and promotes it at national, regional and global level. Black Sea GOOS identifies regional priorities for operational oceanography and develops capacity of the regional countries for a better understanding of the Black Sea ecosystem and assesses the economic and social benefits achieved by operational oceanography. BLACK SEA GOOS members

EuroGOOS members and partners have played and still play an important role in projects developing and demonstrating the GMES Marine services component. MyOcean is very much dependent on the availability of global and regional in-situ observations. It is therefore important that these systems are sustained in the future to guarantee the quality and coverage of the products delivered by MyOcean.

Through the MyOcean in-situ TAC (there are 5 Thematic Assembly Center in MyOcean, all dealing with a specific set of observation data) , a major effort has been made to collect and process a large number of in-situ observations available at national, European (EuroGOOS and ROOSs) and international levels.

Only the EuroGOOS association of marine operational and research agencies represents the whole range of operational oceanography in Europe.

Recognised as an IOC Regional Alliance ( Intergovermental Oceanographic Commission), EuroGOOS has set up a community of operational oceanography agencies in the different European marine regions and as such is also a Key-partner for MyOcean and soon for MyOcean2 ( April 2012 – September 2014).