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Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead organization: Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany​

Duration: 2015-2019

ICES contact: Neil Holdsworth​, Head of Data and Information

Project objectives:

​AtlantOS proposes the integration of ocean observing activates across all disciplines for the​ Atlantic, considering European as well as non-European partners. The proposal applies the Framework for Ocean Observing to the observing of the Atlantic.  

The overarching goal of AtlantOS is the integration of the so far loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS). The IAOOS is to form the ocean in-situ observing backbone of the Copernicus Marine Monitoring system, which is the marine part of the European Earth Observation Programme.

ICES role:

  • Improving fish survey acoustic and biotic data availability through ICES Data Centre for three key pelagic fisheries surveys; preparing ICES Data Centre to host these data (WP2)
  • Standards and harmonization to information aggregator portals for fisheries (acoustic and biological data) via ICES DATRAS and ICES ACOUSTIC (WP7)

​This project has received funding from the ​​​European Commission - Horizon 2020​​ research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 633211.



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