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Build understanding on what is most important to observe in the Atlantic Ocean - Meeting user needs.

  • Identify important science and societal questions and relevant variables for improving ocean information services/products for stakeholders. 
  • Identify the high priority observing system elements, EOVs and observing networks for the basin-scale together with existing initiatives (CLIVAR, TPOS, etc.). 
  • Act as facilitator in fostering reliable resourcing of observing activities.

Provide a forum for integration opportunities.

  • Support existing Atlantic observing activities across disciplines to form a systematic, sustained observing system.
  • Act as an integrator to create linkages among appropriate research, intergovernmental, industry, philanthropy, civil society, and regulatory and funding agencies to improve Atlantic Ocean information products through science.
  • Foster observing activities at community identified multi-use, multi-disciplinary sites, representing different key oceanographic and societal questions.

Improve basin-scale observing design requirements.

  • Document the state of Atlantic Ocean observing activities.
  • Utilize existing platforms for (new) sensors or integration of physical, biogeochemical and biological sensors in order to improve observing efficiency.
  • Support coordinated efforts of observing networks at systems as well as alignment of coastal, open, and deep ocean activities.
  • Support development of an interactive basin-scale map that showcases the existing system in a live version.
  • Identify gaps (knowledge, geographic, variables, technical, data) and emerging systems relative to the key science and societal questions and find solutions to overcome the gaps.

Enhance readiness in observing technology and knowledge transfer.

  • Support ability to use technologies, and facilitate transfer of technology to countries with limited access to these infrastructures.
  • Include all kinds of communities in processes addressing science and societal questions in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Promote independent operation through increased collaborations leading to a faster-evolving, more integrated and effective observing where time, money, and knowledge would be used in an optimized and sustainable way.

Foster availability, discoverability, and usability of Atlantic Ocean data and associated metadata.

  • Promote the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles and fit-for-purpose data.
  • Building partnerships with existing initiatives (e.g. IODE, JCOMM, EMODnet, GEOSS) to adhere internationally-recognized standards and best practices for observations and data management. 

Enhance evaluation and feedback mechanisms.

  • Working on partnerships needs to be establish thematic reviews, user consultations and discussions and agreements between resource providers and the scientific community.