Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems


AtlantOS is a BG 8 (Developing in-situ Atlantic Ocean Observations for a better management and sustainable exploitation of the maritime resources) research and innovation project that proposes the integration of ocean observing activities across all disciplines for the Atlantic, considering European as well as non-European partners.


AtlantOS fostered the next generation of a web-based information system providing real-time and persistent monitoring of existing Atlantic Ocean observation capacity. AtlantOS has also performed intensive "Observing System Stimulation Experiments" (OSSEs) using state of the art ocean models and assimilation technology. The focus has been on improving design of the in-situ observing system for ocean reanalysis, analysis and forecasting of physical, biogeochemical and ocean carbon variables as well as to support climate prediction and detection of change. A substantial part of the AtlantOS work has been devoted to optimise existing observation networks as well as improve and further develop the sensors and platforms used. The most important results obtained are: ship-based observations and autonomous observing networks. Closely linked to the development of new technology is the establishment of best practices in operating individual systems as well as a modern data management system aiming to ensure that data from different in-situ observing networks are readily accessible and useable by the wider community and other stakeholders.

Impact in international / European cooperation

AtlantOS aims at:

• improving international collaboration in the design, implementation and benefit sharing of ocean observing;

• promoting engagement and innovation in all aspects of ocean observing;

• facilitating free and open access to ocean data and information;

• enabling and disseminate methods of achieving quality and authority of ocean information;

• strengthening the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and to sustain observing systems that are critical for the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and its applications;

• contributing to the aims of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation.

At a glance

Funding programme Horizon2020
Duration April 2015 — June 2019
Budget €20,652,921
Keywords Atlantic Ocean Observing System, Transatlantic Research Alliance, GEO
Coordinator GEOMAR Helmholtz Zentrum fur Ozeanforschung Kiel, Germany