By closely observing and analysing ocean systems, scientists can provide us with the data and information needed to help us understand the ocean, its impact on us, and our impact on it.
We know that change is here. Climate change, ocean acidification, sea level rise, flooding and extreme weather are affecting all countries and all communities. Analysing data about the ocean will help us understand, predict, protect and build a sustainable blue economy. Working together, through coordinated efforts, we are helping to create a blueprint for the next generation of ocean observation.
The current ocean observation systems are fragmented, and system sustainability is a challenge for most. A common vision for an integrated Atlantic ocean observation system has been developed that will allow for a more efficient, sustainable, coordinated and comprehensive ocean observing system that delivers information of relevance to our citizens, policymakers, and scientists.
An implementation strategy is also currently being developed.
The challenge of observing the vast Atlantic is too great for any one nation to tackle alone. Together, we are building an Atlantic community of researchers, policymakers, businesses and citizens, extending across and along the Atlantic Ocean.
Under AORA, Atlantic researchers are now collaborating on ocean observation projects through the EU Horizon 2020 research programme.
- A large-scale research project called AtlantOS is working to optimise and enhance the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems.
- An analysis of the capacities and gaps in Atlantic Ocean observation has been conducted.
- A ‘living’ database of small to medium-sized enterprises manufacturing cutting-edge ocean observing instruments and sensors has been developed and is being managed. The database enhances cooperation between technology developers and highlights the readiness of available technologies. Both of these will ensure that future technology meets the future needs of end users.
The Arctic is one of the fastest-warming areas on earth, impacting locals, their lifestyles, and the ecosystems they depend on. Understanding Arctic changes and the processes that govern them, and mapping out what will happen in the future, is important. The Horizon 2020 projects working to understand the impact of a changing Arctic Ocean on weather and climate across the northern hemisphere are listed below.