Objectives & Vision

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The AtlantOS program supports cooperation, alignment of interests and the implementation of an integrated All-Atlantic Ocean Observing and information System, which connects a number of highly relevant existing and future ocean observing activities to meet user needs by using e.g. the Framework for Ocean Observing (FOO). Today, most ocean observing is driven by topic-related initiatives and infrastructure that are supported by a wide range of measures. AtlantOS will bring together upper ocean, deep ocean and coastal observing partners across the Atlantic basin with the intent to sustain observations over the long term. AtlantOS will connect observing networks and supports the evolution and implementation of the system, thereby contributing to the GOOS and the GEO Blue Planet initiative and benefits e.g. from support of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

AtlantOS envisions a basin-scale observing system, sustainably resourced and efficiently operated to realize the ambition of a broad set of stakeholders and their need for ocean information. Specifically, it will connect scientists, policy makers, the private sector and civil society to articulate a fit-for-purpose system that delivers critical ocean information in a value-added context to address the range from data capture to end products and services. 

AtlantOS value chain: From societal need to observations and information products.

AtlantOS value chain: From societal need to observations and information products.

Community building and communication are key to the future success of AtlantOS, so an active engagement of the wider community is planned. Contributions to the use cases from partners and their basin-scale implementation are needed and will be so that webinars, newsletter, and events will be circulated on a regular basis to inform about AtlantOS activities. 

Objectives and Activities under the umbrella of the AtlantOS program for supporting implementation of basin-scale system and use cases.

Objectives and Activities under the umbrella of the AtlantOS program for supporting implementation of basin-scale system and use cases.

The AtlantOS program will support enhanced ocean observing in the Atlantic, supporting improved coordination of ocean observing activities, contributing to the (new) measurement programs and the development of (new) ocean data services, leading to a comprehensive All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System that benefits all of us living, working and relying on the ocean.