AtlantOS project: Working towards a better understanding of the Atlantic Ocean

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Why do we need an Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System? Watch our video and discover AtlantOS.

“Nowadays we probably know more about the surface of the moon than we do about some parts of the oceans”, says Franz Immler, Head of EASME’s Climate Action sector, echoing a common concern of ocean scientists.

The AtlantOS project will work towards an integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System to enhance our knowledge of the ocean thus contributing to Europe’s Blue Growth agenda.

“Many benefits will be brought to the communities around the Atlantic Ocean and beyond like getting more efficient information gathering, new technologies to ocean observing, new services and products for a better measure of factors which influence oceans”, explains Martin Visbeck of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and coordinator of the AtlantOS project.

A wide range of areas will benefit from a better understanding of the ocean – from transport through disaster resilience and ecosystem management to health and fresh water supply. New services will also increase the safety of offshore activities and coastal communities.

The EU’s Horizon 2020 programme co-funds the 62-partner strong project with about EUR 21 million over a period of four years. The project brings together research institutes and organisations from the European Union, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, South Africa and the US. It will contribute thus to implementing the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance as well as to the GEO initiative

Watch our video: AtlantOS project coordinator Professor Martin Visbeck, Albert Fischer of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and the Head of EASME’s Climate Action sector Franz Immler tell you what AtlantOS is about. © European Union, 2015.

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