Improve coordination and integration of the various elements of the European ocean observing system


The European ocean observing system has seen marked enhancements in terms of integration and coordination across various technology networks. One of the pivotal achievements has been the advancement of assigning Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) across a range of technologies and networks, which signifies the maturity and deployment readiness of each technology. The focus hasn’t just been on individual technology networks but also on identifying thematic networks that can amplify the scope and depth of marine monitoring in Europe.

Impact During the Project

Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) for Technology Networks:
• BGC and DEEP Argo (referred to as Argo in measures): Advanced to TRL 7
• Gliders: Advanced to TRL 7
• GO-SHIP: Advanced to TRL 7
• Eulerian observatories: Advanced to TRL 7
• Tide Gauges: Advanced to TRL 8
• HFR: Advanced to TRL 7
• ASVs: Advanced to TRL 6
• Augmented observatories: Advanced to TRL 5

Measures for Thematic Networks:
• Several new thematic networks identified or established in Europe.
• The EOOS Operations Committee and the European Commission used the output to determine voids in marine monitoring.
• Efforts toward pinpointing monitoring programs suitable for Europe.

Impact Post Project

Capacity Development:
Enhanced capability through the accessibility and dissemination of best practices.

Advancement over and above State of the Art

The initiative to ameliorate coordination and assimilation of various facets of the European ocean observing system highlights a monumental progression in the domain of marine technology and thematic networking.
Technology Networks: The progression to higher TRLs, especially within the confines of an industrially relevant or operational environment, underscores the tangible advancements made in the respective technologies. For instance, the Tide Gauges reaching TRL 8 signifies they are not only complete systems but are also qualified for broader applications.
Thematic Networks: Establishing or identifying additional thematic networks provides a fresh breadth to Europe’s marine observation dimension. The recognition by reputed entities such as the EOOS Operations Committee and European Commission solidifies the groundbreaking advancement made in filling the marine monitoring lacunae.

Post the project, the emphasis on advancing capacity through the transfer and accessibility of best practices further consolidates its position at the vanguard of marine observational advancements, transcending the prevailing state of the art.“