Evolving the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS), The Egg (Brussels)

From 21 to 23 November, 300 stakeholders debated end-to-end solutions to meeting the societal and policy demands for ocean data. The importance of in situ measurements for operational oceanography and downstream services was highlighted a few times as well as the importance of their sustainability into a well design integrated observing system for the Copernicus Marine Service. EOOS as a coordinating framework for European ocean observing has been fostered by science and oceanographic communities.

The EOOS vision is summarised at follow in the EOOS Strategy 2018-2022 “By 2030, EOOS will make ocean observation a public utility in Europe, by strengthening coordination, strategy and sustainability in ocean observation. This will be achieved with an operational implementation cycle that connects Europe’s ocean observing community and offers regular opportunities for stakeholder input to evaluate, co-design and fund capability. Putting the needs of users at its centre, EOOS will promote European leadership and innovation delivering crucial data to drive environmental policy, the blue economy and serve wider society”.

From the In Situ TAC, our coordinator, Sylvie Pouliquen, as well as a few In Situ TAC partners, joined the event.


Doppler Oceanography from space workshop, Brest (France)

Hélène Etienne (CLS), member of the In Situ TAC dedicated to In situ DT velocities from drifting buoys, will attend the Doppler Oceanography from space workshop from October 10th to 11th in Brest, France.

Satellite missions that measure surface velocities using Doppler radars are opening new perspectives for the monitoring and analysis of oceans, including sea ice, with a direct measurement of currents, winds and waves. From past and existing missions (Envisat, Sentinel 1) that are limited to a fixed line of sight component and sparse / partial coverage of the oceans, to future at different stages of planning and proposal (SKIM, WaCM, SEASTAR), a vast variety of instrument designs and signal processing steps are possible. This workshop will bring together instrument and processing experts with the ocean science community to address a wide range of topics that will feed into the processing and design of existing and future missions.
The exact nature of surface currents that such satellite missions aim at measuring will be exposed and discussed, especially their physical significance, the spatio-temporal scales coming into play or the possible synergy between satellite missions (Doppler radars with infrared and microwave SST, altimetry, ocean color, etc …). Particular needs of surface velocity measurements will impact observational requirements, especially around tropical regions (upwellings, Madden-Julian oscillation, etc …), for mapping of the global mesoscale, for understanding the ocean energy cycle (wind work, role of near-inertial oscillations), air-sea fluxes, or the dynamics around ice edges. The workshop will also cover the use of surface currents data, including inversion algorithms, data-driven approaches, assimilation, model bias correction, etc …

Find out more here.


IBI-ROOS Annual Meeting, University of Bordeaux (France)

Marta de Alfonso (Puertos del Estado) and Stéphane Tarot (Ifremer), as In Situ TAC representatives, attended the IBI-ROOS Annual Meeting from April 23th to 24th.
The IBI-ROOS Annual Meeting, held together with the MYCOAST Progress meeting and the AtlantOS Workshop in the “IBI WEEK (23-26 April 2018)”, brought together the IBI-ROOS members and representatives of other European groups (CMEMS, EuroGOOS, etc) to discuss the work plan and strategic plan of the IBI-ROOS activities, present ongoing member initiatives, and discuss joint actions. Marta de Alfonso (Puertos del Estado) and Stéphane Tarot (Ifremer) attended the meeting in the name of CMEMS In Situ TAC and gave a general presentation of the CMEMS In Situ TAC.

Find here the presentation for further details about the In Situ TAC contributions to such encounter.


Copernicus als Hilfsmittel fuer Umweltmonitoring, Hamburg (Germany)

From February 07th to 8th, Susanne Tamm, responsible for the In Situ North West Shelf (NWS) unit, will take part at the Copernicus als Hilfsmittel fuer Umweltmonitoring. This meeting will promote Copernicus Marine Services as a tool for environmental monitoring. The agenda to be covered (German) can be found here and the hosting institution will be the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH), at Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 78, 20359 Hamburg, Germany. Do not hesitate to reach Susanne for more insight about the In Situ component of CMEMS.


In Situ TAC Phase II kickoff meeting, Athens (Greece)

From January 23rd to 25th, The In Situ TAC General Assembly was held in Athens. The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) was this time the institution responsible for hosting the meeting and organizing the welcoming.
During this meeting Phase I activities, actions and milestones were reviewed for fulfillment and sharpening regarding the incoming Phase II (see agenda). This In Situ TAC General Assembly meant also the kickoff of the In Situ TAC Phase II and during it, new partners and roles were addressed.


Copernicus Marine Week, Brussels (Belgium)

A significant number of talks will address the the importance of in situ observation for CMEMS and the INSTAC activities:

  • The In-Situ Component (25th, 14h45 – 15h15, ROOM: Ballroom 1+2)
  • Upstream in-situ observations (26th, 14h25 – 14h40, ROOM: Ballroom 1+2)
  • Preparing ocean products based on observations (26th , 14h40 – 15h10,ROOM: Ballroom 1+2)
  • In-situ TAC and its links with Emodnet and SeaDataNet/Cloud (27th, 15h00 – 18h00, ROOM: Madrid)
  • Impact of in-situ observations on CMEMS products (27th, 15h00 – 18h00, ROOM: Madrid)
  • Long term evolution of in-Situ observing systems & marine requirements (28th, 16h30 – 18h30, ROOM: Ballroom 1+2)
  • The In-Situ Component (29th,9h15 – 10h15, ROOM: Ballroom 1+2)

The regular training session will be also held for end users: Meeting the INSTAC partners, How to get in situ data from INSTAC and how to use (27th & 28th,9:00 to 12:30, Room Madrid). All INSTAC partners will be present during the Marine Week.