In a stride towards advancing ocean observing and forecasting, EuroSea, a large-scale project initiated in November 2019, culminates its four-year journey with the release of its Legacy Report. This comprehensive report charts EuroSea’s impact on the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) and Europe’s modelling, forecasting, and services.
The EuroSea Legacy Report advocates for a holistic and integrated approach. From strengthening EOOS and supporting the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) to fostering innovations in blue economy and influencing policymaking, EuroSea has made a significant impact on the landscape of marine knowledge. The project’s legacy extends beyond technological advancements, emphasizing the importance of cooperation, coordination, and a sustained, informed approach.
The report emphasizes EuroSea’s commitment to delivering Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) ocean data, enhancing modelling and forecasting capabilities, and consolidating these advancements into user-focused services. The collaborative efforts of over 160 EuroSea experts representing 53 organizations from 16 countries have contributed to the project’s impacts – most powerful of them have been featured in the Legacy Report.
Since its start, EuroSea has been analysing its progress towards the impacts we have set out to achieve. EuroSea’s impact monitoring has been distilled to all areas of work and monitored through consortium workshops, stakeholder webinars, tracking, and reporting. This pioneering effort in European ocean observing and forecasting has set a precedent for future projects.
As the EuroSea project concludes, the Legacy Report not only commemorates its achievements but also sets the stage for a more effective, efficient, and impactful future in ocean observing and forecasting. The findings, recommendations, and best practices outlined in the report offer valuable insights for advancing marine knowledge and sustaining a science-based blue economy on a global scale.