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EuroSea/OceanPredict Workshop-2

EuroSea overview

EuroSea is a European Union Innovation Action funded through the European Commission research funding programme Horizon 2020 under a call supporting the G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative. EuroSea brings together key European actors of ocean observing and forecasting with users of oceanographic products and services. The EuroSea innovation demonstrators are focused on operational services, ocean health, and climate.

EuroSea works to improve the European ocean observing and forecasting system in a global context, delivering ocean observations and forecasts to advance scientific knowledge about ocean climate, marine ecosystems and their vulnerability to human impacts and to demonstrate the importance of the ocean to an economically viable and healthy society.

This workshop is organised by OceanPredict and EuroSea

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 862626.



Workshop objectives

The workshop is the follow-on event from last year’s EuroSea/OceanPredict workshop to address the main outcomes and recommendations, by asking experts how much we have progressed since last June.

The last EuroSea/OceanPredict workshop highlighted the wealth of research in ocean observing, ocean modelling and predictions that is currently being done in various countries of the world, including observing system experiments, extreme marine events, coastal modelling and observing system design, as well as interaction with UN Decade programmes. At the end of the workshop a panel discussed topics of specific interest (ocean observations, sustainability, EOVs, ocean prediction and Ocean Best Practice) and put forward a list of recommendations:

  • need for better communication and closer collaboration of the observation and prediction communities
  • importance to involving intermediate and end-users in questions of ocean observations
  • consideration of a fully integrated ocean observing system (including all regions and observation types)
  • plan to implement the full ocean information value-chain (from user needs, to observations, data assembly and distribution, ocean prediction and services to user and societal benefits)
  • embrace the value of defining and describing all processes involved in operational oceanography through ocean best practice methodology

The plan of creating an ocean information value-chain encompasses all other recommendations from with first workshop and has therefore been identified as the main heading for the next EuroSea/OceanPredict workshop. It will provide an opportunity to learn what value-chain progress has been made so far, to hear about the communities involved in building the value-chain and their specific perspectives, what are the fundamental requirements for setting up the value-chain and how can it be implemented in a global framework. The workshop will not be able to answer all these questions but should give an insight of the current work being done and the issues we are still facing. The workshop outcome should help to harmonize the different efforts currently being carried out that contribute to the value-chain and improve interactions and collaboration of its contributors.

Time and date

  • Virtual workshop (MS Teams, registration required)
  • 11 July 2023  (all day)
  • Open event


The workshop will feature invited talks, and is a fully virtual event.

Participation is open to all, but specifically targeted at the EuroSea and OceanPredict communities.

Registration will open in early June.

Workshop format

The workshop will be a virtual one-day event, featuring invited speakers and a discussion session to provide insight into EuroSea progress with regard to its contribution to European and global progress in operational oceanography, specifically the ocean information value-chain.

  • A 1-day workshop held virtually (probably on Teams)
  • 4 sessions (value-chain overview, UN Decade linkages, EuroSea efforts, ocean best practice  and observing & modelling community engagements)
  • Invited talks on value-chain progress from contributing groups (highlighting value-chain components)
  • Open event (EuroSea and OP, WS-1 attendees, UN Decade programmes & DCC, observing system organisations, and the wider ocean science community)


Preliminary agenda


Length (min) Preliminary titles (tbc) Speakers
10 Introduction Kirsten Wilmer-Becker (Met Office)
Top session – Operational Oceanography and the ocean information value-chain: What is the full ocean information value-chain?
20 OceanPrediction-DCC on establishing a global operational oceanography architecture Enrique Alvarez (MOi)
20 The role of IOC/GOOS on establishing an integrated and sustained ocean observing system (including reflecting on EOOS and the EuroSea effort) and its link with the ocean information value-chain Emma Heslop (IOC/GOOS)
20 OceanPredict’s perspective of the ocean information value chain, its links with the operational ocean prediction systems and the option of integration it into a global architecture Fraser Davidson (ECCC/DFO)
30 Break
Session 1 – UN Decade impacts: How did UN Decade programmes and projects benefit from the EuroSea project? What are the impacts of the EuroSea project contributing to the ocean information value-chain?
20 Highlighting the effort of EuroSea in designing and getting underway a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) Toste Tanhua (GEOMAR)
20 SynObs Elisabeth Remy (MOi)
20 Ocean Observing Co-Design David Legler (NOAA)
60 Lunch break
Session 2 – Interoperability and best practice: What has been achieved in setting up ocean best practice methods and processes across the ocean information value-chain, where are the gaps and how can we develop optimal interoperability?
20 Perspectives on what has been achieved through EuroSea regarding Ocean Best Practice and how can this inform the ocean information value-chain long term? Johannes Karstensen (GEOMAR)
20 What are the pitfalls, gaps and issues that need addressing when planning to implement Ocean Best Practice? Jay Pearlman (Four Bridges)
Session 3 – observing and prediction community integration: Examples (from EuroSea and OP) of engagements between the observing, modelling, and operational prediction communities (positives and issues)
20 Observing system design in EuroSea and integration with forecasting systems Sabrina Speich (LMD/ENS)
20 How well does interoperability between observation and prediction systems function? – Example Argo Peter Oke (CSIRO)
20 How well does interoperability between observation and prediction systems function? – Example satellite observations Pierre-Yves Le Traon (MOi)
30 Break
50 Panel discussion


Invited are all contributors to EuroSea, participants of the first EuroSea/OceanPredict workshop, OceanPredict members and the wider ocean community.

Panel discussion

The workshop will feature a panel discussion at the end of the day.

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