The European Ocean Observing System EuroGOOS has held online its annual assembly of members from May 26th to May 28th. EuroGOOS is an association of national governmental agencies, research organizations, and private companies, committed to oceanography within the context of the intergovernmental Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).
EuroGOOS is one of the UNESCO-IOC Global Ocean Observing System regions and is currently Chair of the GOOS Regional Alliances Forum.
The delegates that represent the group of institutions attached to the organization, together with the leaders of the working groups (WG and TT) and the Regional Ocean Observing Systems (ROOS) of which they are a part, under the coordination of the EuroGOOS Steering Committee, have attended the event.
In addition to the institutional representation through the corresponding delegate, PLOCAN’s contribution to the assembly has consisted in the presentation of the annual balance of activity of the more than thirty European institutions that operate gliders, due to its current figure of coordinator of the corresponding working group (EuroGOOS Glider Task Team).
The different sessions of the agenda have made it possible to tackle tasks of a different nature, highlighting the detailed review of progress in scientific-technical terms by the WG, TT and ROOS; the nomination and approval of new members; the economic balances; training and dissemination actions; cooperation within the framework of European projects, and the definition and implementation of future strategic lines, among others.
Founded in 1994, EuroGOOS has today 44 members from 18 European countries providing operational oceanographic services and carrying out marine research. EuroGOOS is registered as an international non-profit association under the Belgian law and its headquarters are in Brussels. EuroGOOS goals are to identify strategies, cooperate, co-produce, and promote the operational oceanography value for society. Collectively through EuroGOOS, its members and partners improve the overall European capacity and competitiveness in ocean observing sectors.