Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System

Project Reference: 633211
Call:  H2020-BG-2014-2
Coordinator: GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel


The overarching objective of AtlantOS is to achieve a transition from a loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS), by defining requirements and systems design, improving the readiness of observing networks and data systems, and engaging stakeholders around the Atlantic; and leaving a legacy and strengthened contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). AtlantOS will fill existing in-situ observing system gaps and will ensure that data are readily accessible and useable. AtlantOS will demonstrate the utility of integrating in-situ and Earth observing satellite based observations towards informing a wide range of sectors using the Copernicus Marine Monitoring Services and the European Marine Observation and Data Network and connect them with similar activities around the Atlantic. AtlantOS will support activities to share, integrate and standardize in-situ observations, reduce the cost by network optimization and deployment of new technologies, and increase the competitiveness of European industries, and particularly of the small and medium enterprises of the marine sector. AtlantOS will promote innovation, documentation and exploitation of innovative observing systems. All AtlantOS work packages will strengthen the trans-Atlantic collaboration, through close interaction with partner institutions from Canada, United States, and the South Atlantic region. AtlantOS will develop a results-oriented dialogue with key stakeholders communities to enable a meaningful exchange between the products and services that IAOOS can deliver and the demands and needs of the stakeholder communities. Finally, AtlantOS will establish a structured dialogue with funding bodies, including the European Commission, USA, Canada and other countries to ensure sustainability and adequate growth of IAOOS.


  • Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom
  • Marine Institute, Ireland
  • Universitaet Bremen, Germany
  • Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut, Denmark
  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6, France
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Denmark
  • Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung e. V., Germany
  • Instytut Oceanologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Poland
  • Havforskningsinstituttet, Norway
  • Universitetet i Bergen, Norway
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain
  • Norsk institutt for vannforskning, Norway
  • Consorcio para el Diseño, Construcción, Equipamiento y Explotación de la Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias, Spain
  • Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, United Kingdom
  • Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
  • The Scottish Association for Marinescience LBG, United Kingdom
  • Imar-instituto Do Mar, Portugal
  • NIOZ, Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Zeeonderzoek, Netherlands
  • Met Office, United Kingdom
  • Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Germany
  • Havstovan, Faeroe Islands
  • The University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Institut de recherche pour le développement, France
  • EUMETNET groupement d'intérêt économique, Belgium
  • Collecte Localisation Satellites SA, France
  • Centro Euro Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici S.c.a.r.l., Italy
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee vzw, Belgium
  • Ciimar - Centro Interdisciplinar De Investigação Marinha E Ambiental, Portugal
  • IEEE France section, France
  • Fondation Européenne de la Science, France
  • University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
  • Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Spain
  • Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer, France
  • Mercator Océan, France
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Italy
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization –UNESCO, France
  • Euro-Argo ERIC, France
  • EuroGOOS AISBL, Belgium
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, United Kingdom
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom
  • Daithi O'Murchu Marine Research Station Ltd., Ireland
  • Seascape Consultants Ltd., United Kingdom
  • Bruncin, Croatia
  • Ribocon GmbH, Germany
  • develogic GmbH, Germany
  • NKE Instrumentation Sarl, France
  • Contros Systems & Solutions GmbH, Germany
  • ACRI-ST SAS, France
  • T.E. Laboratories Limited, Ireland
  • ETT S.p.A., Italy
  • Mariene Informatie Service “MARIS” BV, Netherlands
  • Blue Lobster IT Limited, United Kingdom
  • CLU srl, Italy
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V., Germany
  • Dalhousie University, Canada
  • MEOPAR Incorporated, Canada
  • Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia, Brazil
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, United States

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      Project details

      Start Date: 2015-04-01
      End Date:   2019-07-01
      EU Contribution:
      EUR 20 652 921
      Total Costs:
      EUR 20 652 921
      Funding Scheme:
      Research and Innovation action
      Topic: BG-08-2014 - Developing in-situ Atlantic Ocean Observations for a better management and sustainable exploitation of the maritime resources
      Funded under: H2020-EU.3.2.