Motivating the creation and use of best practices for ocean observing


Ocean observing is paramount for understanding marine environments and predicting changes. However, the effectiveness of these observations’ hinges on the adoption of best practices. By motivating the creation and use of such best practices, we ensure that ocean observation becomes more consistent, reliable, and universally applicable.

Impact During the Project

Active Engagement with Stakeholders: The measure of the number of support interactions indicates an active engagement mechanism with both creators and users of best practices. This engagement ensures that the practices are not just theoretical but are based on the real needs and challenges of the ocean observing community.
Quantifiable Acceptance: By tracking the number of downloads of EuroSea created observing system best practices, there’s a direct metric showcasing the community’s interest and acceptance of these standardized guidelines.

Impact Post Project

Standardization: The adoption of these best practices will lead to standardization across various ocean observing initiatives. Standardized methodologies will ensure that data collected from different sources can be more easily compared, integrated, and analysed.
Enhanced Data Quality: With standardized best practices, the quality and reliability of data collected from ocean observations will improve, making research findings and predictions more trustworthy.
Community Cohesion: As more entities adopt and download the EuroSea best practices, it fosters a sense of community and collective effort among ocean observers globally. This cohesive approach can lead to more collaborative projects and sharing of insights.

Advancement over and above State of the Art

Practical Engagement: Traditional methods might have released best practices as mere documents or guidelines. Here, there’s an active engagement mechanism, ensuring that the practices are rooted in practicality and address real challenges.
Metric-driven Approach: By quantifying the acceptance and engagement through downloads and interactions, there’s a clear, data-driven approach to understand the impact and reach of these best practices.

Global Standard Setter: EuroSea’s initiative not only addresses regional needs but, given its influence, has the potential to set observing standards on a global scale.

In conclusion, this initiative goes beyond merely creating a set of best practices. It actively engages the community, ensures widespread acceptance, and has the potential to shape the future of ocean observing globally. This multi-faceted approach represents a clear advancement over the existing state of the art in ocean observing methodologies.”