Observing, Modelling and Predicting Ocean State and Processes
Sustained long-term observations are required to understand the interactions between the marine environment, climate change, human activities and the combined effects of these on the oceans.
Physical, chemical, biological, ecological, and geological data need to be integrated to form a holistic understanding of hazards, risks and changes in the marine environment.
Ocean observations require a range of infrastructures which are expensive to develop, operate, maintain and upgrade. This calls for an overarching coordination and prioritisation of research and monitoring capacities through a strategy driven by societal needs.
- Support the set-up of an European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) strategic vision. This should include tools and mechanisms such as a monitoring strategy to allow integration of existing European oceans observation and monitoring capacities which are important to enable a number of JPI Oceans’ strategic objectives. The EOOS vision should also address the need for a long-term plan for observing technologies (see also strategic area 4.2).
- Promote common standards and open access to data and the harmonisation of data requirements in particular related to MSFD.
- Support e-infrastructures for computing, modelling, forecasting, and early warning systems. Member Countries of JPI Oceans will collaborate to develop integrated e-infrastructures and, where relevant, common modelling frameworks.