PLOCAN has been incorporated to the European Ocean Observing System EuroGOOS, which 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).
The incorporation of PLOCAN to EuroGOOS took place during the Annual Assembly of the association at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) in Heraklion (Crete, Greece), with the presence of member institutions attached to the organization, workgroup leaders, and leaders of the regional Ocean Observing systems of EuroGOOS.
During the assembly the next EuroGOOS strategy 2020-2030 (high-level priorities, challenges, partnerships, and national benefits and advocacy) and the ways to achieve a better integration between the variety of EuroGOOS activities developed by EuroGOOS task teams (networks of ocean observing technologies) and working groups (on science, technology, data integration and coastal ocean) were discussed.
At the formal part of the meeting, three new members were approved to EuroGOOS: PLOCAN, SHOM (Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of France) and NIVA (Norwegian Institute for Water Research). PLOCAN showcased its technological capabilities in ocean monitoring and future contributions to EuroGOOS.
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. 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. EuroGOOS is achieving this through a broad network of organizations and initiatives operating at various levels. Collectively through EuroGOOS, its members and partners improve the overall European capacity and competitiveness in ocean observing sectors.