An EOV based Atlantic Integrated Ocean Observing System (EOV-AIOOS)


Background and rationale

The Atlantic basin plays a unique role in the complex system of the ocean, influencing the weather, climate, ocean circulation, global carbon cycle, extreme weather patterns such as hurricanes and the ecosystem and larger fisheries. People living around the Atlantic Ocean are affected by these changes and heavily rely on e.g., early warning systems and forecasts for their livelihood and safety. Pressing societal needs for information and services require a re-assessment of the current system and a co-designed plan to mature the observing system to meet user needs. This proposal aims to produce and publish requirements and recommendations for an EOV-based Atlantic integrated ocean observing system around key tipping points in the Atlantic. For maximum benefit and value to be extracted from the observing system it is essential that the needs of users are understood and provided for by the observing system. An in depth stakeholder analysis will be conducted [underway] and a scoping workshop [July 2024] organized to determine focus, user needs and the outline of the recommendations. An All-Atlantic requirements workshop [Spring 2025] will determine and finalize recommendations and requirements for an integrated ocean observing system. Lessons learned and reports from other initiatives, such as the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS), will be used to inform the process. Funds will be used to support the workshop and publication of the requirements; however, outside funding will be utilized to ensure diverse stakeholder representation at the workshop. This project will be led in collaboration with the AtlantOS Steering Committee, the Ocean Observing Co-Design Program [UN Decade program] and All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance. It will build on AtlantOS relationships with international bodies and AtlantOS-connect will facilitate engagement with national and regional entities, connecting observing networks and providing visibility to the common challenges, needs and opportunities of Atlantic communities.

Global Context

The AtlantOS vision is to foster international cooperation across the observing, modeling and stakeholder community in the Atlantic Ocean to improve and advance to an Atlantic Ocean observing system that is sustainable, adaptable and responsive to user needs, now and into the future. AtlantOS in close collaboration with the Ocean Observing Co-Design Program, Synergistic Observing Network for Ocean Prediction Project and others, aims to advance the Atlantic ocean observing system through co-design, by actively supporting collaborative partnerships among observing networks, data and information systems and the wider user communities, building on existing initiatives and past successes. An Atlantic ocean observing system that is co-designed will provide a fit-for-purpose observing system that ensures the interconnection of scientific experts across disciplines (i.e., observing, modeling, forecasting) and key user stakeholders. The success of such an approach has already been shown in projects such as TPOS and others and is a key driver of the UN Decade. The main challenges this activity contributes to is UN Decade challenge 7 “Ensure a sustainable ocean observing system across all ocean basins that delivers accessible, timely, and actionable data and information to all users” which has also been highlighted at the recent Global Ocean Observing System Steering Committee meeting in 2023.

This workshop aims to co-design the Atlantic ocean observing system, engage across observing – modeling/forecasting- policy and other users, and establish clear priorities for observations. This process will be published as a best practice and discussions are ongoing to expand this process in the Indian Ocean.

Relevance to POGO and fit with POGO’s Strategy

Like POGO, AtlantOS strives to articulate the benefits to society to build and sustain a fit for purpose ocean observing system. As noted below in “Workplan, Deliverables, and Milestones”, both the AtlantOS Network and this specific proposal are directly in line with POGO’s mission and strategy to attain it. AtlantOS shares the POGO values of “Research excellence and relevance, Equality, diversity and inclusion, Transparency and openness, Shared belief in science as critical to evidence-based decisions, Partnership and cooperation.” We share many of the same partners. AtlantOS strives to find ways to ensure – beyond this proposal – that we are living up to our own mission by thoughtfully partnering more with POGO going forward.

With the development of this requirements report, AtlantOS will provide co-designed [across the stakeholder community] targeted priorities and ways for investment and advancement of the observing system in the Atlantic. Further, it will directly serve stakeholders and develop a co-design process for other basins and involve stakeholders across the basin, directly addressing POGO’s mission 1 and 3. This activity and the resulting actions will reach and raise awareness of POGO and AtlantOS by promoting our shared mission goals and values as well as contributing to the innovation of the observing system.

This activity directly contributes to POGO’s mission 2 [developing skills, capabilities and capacities]. We will be developing a best practice on developing co-designed requirements and priority reports in collaboration with other communities [TPOS, Tropical Atlantic Observing System etc.]. In addition, a summary report of the UN Decade regional workshop recommendations has been completed and a stakeholder mapping analysis is currently underway to minimize duplication of efforts and maximize value of the workshop. Stakeholders reaching beyond the scientific community are going to be targeted to contribute to this report, including industry, end users, and early career professionals.

Work plan, deliverables and milestones

Funding for this activity is being pulled from various sources. The United States and United Kingdom contributions to this activity are planned to be utilized to support travel for representatives around the Atlantic to enhance diverse representation at the workshop, contribute to Venue booking and Visual Storytelling. Additional resources are being sought out to support further stakeholder engagement [i.e., Industry, end users etc.]. If supported, the funds from this call would directly contribute to workshop support and the development of a report card highlighting the major outcomes of the report that will be distributed around the Atlantic in three languages.

The project contributes to all three pillars under POGO “Innovation in Ocean Observing” by Innovation development through advancing the ocean observing system in the Atlantic in a co-designed fashion, improving capabilities, priority setting and the co-production of products. It will address DEIA/ECOP1 through the integration of stakeholders in the process of developing recommendations and priorities, ECOP representation during the process, and diverse representation around the Atlantic from all countries. The publication of the report, development of a report card in three languages and visual storytelling will contribute to outreach activities and highlighting the importance of the Atlantic and the Atlantic ocean observing system. In addition, the development of a best practice will assist in repeating this process in other areas around the global ocean.

Measures of success will be further developed and tracked throughout the process and will include:

  • # of country representatives on planning committee
  • # of sectors [e.g., industry, fishing representative etc.] represented at workshop
  • # of Early Career Professionals leading parts of the workshop
  • Completion of the requirements report
  • # of downloads of the report
  • Completion of the report card
  • # of workshop participants, gender balance, country balance
  • Survey results on the impact of the report
 MilestonesDate to be reached
1Finalize draft stakeholder mappingSeptember 2023
2Stakeholder mapping out for comment e.g., Clivar, GOOS, Regional Alliances,
IOCARIBE, GOOS focal points etc.
December 2023
3Development of potential key societal benefit areas in the AtlanticOctober 2023
4Development of potential recommendations and priorities based on societal
benefit areas based on previous workshops i.e., UN Decade Regional Workshops
and GOOS focal point survey conducted by AtlantOS in late 2022
December 2023
5Solicitation for organizing committee from various countries and background
i.e., modeling, forecasting, private sector etc.
November 2023
6Save the dates for requirements workshopMarch 2024
7Development of the Agenda and speaker list for scoping workshop onlineFebruary 2024
8Identification of host country and venue [Requirements workshop]March 2024
9Set up process for travel supportApril 2024
10Host scoping workshop online – to discuss the current list of recommendations,
process, other areas of consideration and prioritization of societal benefit areas
July 2024
11Develop draft Agenda for hybrid requirements workshopJuly 2024
12Invite speakers and stakeholders to requirements workshop in early 2025July 2024
13Regular organizing meetings of the organizing committeeMarch 2025
14Requirements workshopMarch – April 2025
15Development of Workshop report w/ requirementsJuly 2025
16Report Card development and push outAugust 2025

Status: Active Project

Year: 2023 - 2025

Members involved

Partners involved

Project Participants


  • Jessica Snowden, Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program, OAR, NOAA, USA


  • Christine Sams, NOC, UK
  • Penny Holliday, NOC, UK
  • Ann-Christine Zinkann, NOAA, USA
  • Maria Paz Chidichimo, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) and Servicio de Hidrografía Naval and CNRS – IRD – CONICET/UBA Instituto Franco-Argentino para el Estudio del Clima y sus Impactos, Argentina
  • Isabelle Ansorge, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Brad deYoung, Memorial University, Canada
  • Gleyci Aparecida Oliveira Moser, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Isabel Sousa Pinto, Ciimar and University of Porto, Portugal
  • Renellys Perez, NOAA/AOML, USA
  • Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Kiel University, Germany
  • Lucie Cocquempot, Ifremer, France
  • Francis Emile Asuquo, University of Calabar, Nigeria
  • Virginia Polonio Povedano, Control Union UK, UK
  • Patrick Gorringe
  • Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Sweden
  • David Legler, NOAA, USA
  • Sabrina Speich, Physical Oceanography & Climate Sciences, Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, France
  • Emma Heslop, Global Ocean Observing Program, IOC UNESCO, France
  • Yosuke Fujii, Meteorological Research Institute, Japan Meteorological Agency · Department of Atmosphere Ocean and Earth System Modeling Research, Japan
  • Elizabeth Remy, Mercator Ocean, France
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