The 1st International Stakeholder Workshop: Combining fixed and mobile ocean observing systems and their link with satellite observations, was held on online on the 13th April 2021.
EMSO ERIC led the first Eurofleets International Stakeholder Workshop which took place virtually in April, followed by the launching of the Eurofleets+ stakeholder Forum. The event entitled “Combining fixed and mobile ocean observing systems and their link with satellite observations”, attended by more than 140 participants successfully connected fixed and mobile ocean observing system infrastructure and satellite operators and stakeholders for the benefit of greater coordination and integration into the future, with the stakeholder Forum providing the platform for further discussions. EC and EUMETSAT were also invited to the workshop to outline respectively strategy, trends and priorities for Horizon Europe in the environmental-marine domain and in the space domain in relations with the marine one.
The dialogue, made through discussion groups and polls, was fruitful highlighting many expectations from the attendees and key-takeaways reported here.
The main outcomes can be summarized as:
- Improving collaboration with RVs, sharing of best practice, developing new tools and favouring the integration of the operations at sea through a better interoperability of the equipments
- Improving coordination between RIs through joint training and testing
- Simplifying the access system to RVs towards multi-mission approach with the purpose of optimizing the space-time use of the RVs
The interactions will be maintained via discussion fora and by the organisation of workshops in the near future.
Participants have recognised the importance of the establishment of a legal entity for Eurofleets (EUROFLEETS-RI) aimed at uniting the world-class research vessels and associated equipment among European partners to facilitate access to unique marine infrastructure for a wide user community.
Watch the main highlights on the video below