The 8th EGO Meeting and International Glider Workshop (biennial international conference on glider technologies) was celebrated at the Rutgers University in New Brunswick, (NJ, USA). More than 200 participants, which included worldwide user groups and major manufacturers of this type of ocean observing systems, attended the meeting.
The main objective of EGO ( Everyones Gliding Observatories) was to strengthen international collaboration, exchange information, share experiences, promote dialogue, develop best practices and prepare for OceanObs’19, developing an strategy for the next decade of regional, national and global ocean observing (UN Ocean Decade 2021-2030) using glider technologies within the framework of GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System).
The event was divided into six plenary sessions and work groups related to harmonize glider efforts, promote new developments, explore extreme environments, refine operational activities and prepare for OceansObs’19.
PLOCAN, as a glider infrastructure reference (gliderport) for the North Atlantic Central East Region, participated in the meeting with oral presentations during the plenary session ‘Operations and Infrastructure’, the poster plenary session and three specific work sessions related to new international collaboration strategies in operation and training, sustained monitoring and strategy for the next decade of regional, national and global ocean observing (UN Ocean Decade 2021-2030).
The glider activity of PLOCAN tries to contribute from a regional approximation in the area of the Macaronesia to strategies of oceanic observation at an international level, which in some cases it is channeled through projects like AtlantOS, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 633211.