An Integrated All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System in 2030

Type Article
Date 2019-07
Language English
Author(s) Deyoung Brad1, Visbeck Martin2, de Araujo Filho Moacyr Cunha3, Baringer Molly O’neil4, Black Carolanne5, Buch Erik6, Canonico Gabrielle7, Coelho Paulo8, Duha Janice T.9, Edwards Martin10, Fischer Albert11, Fritz Jan-Stefan12, Ketelhake Sandra13, Muelbert Jose-Henrique14, Monteiro Pedro15, Nolan Glenn6, O’rourke Eleanor16, Ott Michael11, Le Traon Pierre-Yves17, 21, Pouliquen SylvieORCID18, Sousa-Pinto Isabel19, Tanhua Toste12, Velho Filomena V.8, Willis Zdenka20
Affiliation(s) 1 : Physics and Physical Oceanography, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada
2 : GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany
3 : Laboratório de Oceanografia Fisica Estuarine e Costeria, Departamento de Oceanografia da Universidad Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
4 : Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Miami, FL, United States
5 : Independent Researcher, Ottawa, ON, Canada
6 : EuroGOOS, Brussels, Belgium
7 : US IOOS, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD, United States
8 : National Fisheries Research Institute, Luanda, Angola
9 : Advisor of Ocean Affairs of the Secretary of STI of the Brazilian Navy, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
10 : Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, United Kingdom
11 : Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Paris, France
12 : German Marine Research Consortium, Berlin, Germany
13 : GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany
14 : Federal University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil
15 : Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Cape Town, South Africa
16 : Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland
17 : Ifremer and Mercator Ocean, Brest, France
18 : Ifremer and Coriolis, Brest, France
19 : Climar, University of Porto and Euromarine Network, Porto, Portugal
20 : Veraison Consulting LLC, Great Falls, VA, United States
21 : Ifremer and Mercator Ocean, Brest, France
Source Frontiers In Marine Science (2296-7745) (Frontiers Media SA), 2019-07 , Vol. 6 , N. 428 , P. 22p.
DOI 10.3389/fmars.2019.00428
WOS© Times Cited 18
Keyword(s) ocean observation, Atlantic Ocean, ocean observing system, ocean governance, basin-scale, global ocean observing system, framework for ocean observing

The ocean plays a vital role in the global climate system and biosphere, providing crucial resources for humanity including water, food, energy, and raw materials. There is a compelling need to develop an integrated basin-scale ocean observing system to support of ocean management. We articulate a vision for basin-scale ocean observing – A comprehensive All-Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems that benefits all of us living, working and relying on the ocean. Until now, basin-scale ocean observation has been conducted through loosely-aligned arrangements of national and international efforts. The All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System (AtlantOS) is an integrated concept for a forward-looking framework and basin-scale partnership to establish a comprehensive ocean observing system for the Atlantic Ocean as a whole. The system will be sustainable, multi-disciplinary, multi-thematic, efficient, and fit-for-purpose. Platforms, networks, and systems do already exist that operate at various maturity levels. AtlantOS will go beyond the status quo by bringing together the observing communities and countries of the Atlantic basin, providing the opportunity to join and support the system. AtlantOS will build upon the coordinated work of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), two international bodies that support and coordinate global ocean observing. AtlantOS will complement those efforts and offers a new approach to organizing ocean observing at the basin-scale. AtlantOS will focus not only on the physics but also the biology, ecology and biogeochemistry of the ocean and seafloor and will enhance new partnerships among governments, science, civil society and the private sector.

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Deyoung Brad, Visbeck Martin, de Araujo Filho Moacyr Cunha, Baringer Molly O’neil, Black Carolanne, Buch Erik, Canonico Gabrielle, Coelho Paulo, Duha Janice T., Edwards Martin, Fischer Albert, Fritz Jan-Stefan, Ketelhake Sandra, Muelbert Jose-Henrique, Monteiro Pedro, Nolan Glenn, O’rourke Eleanor, Ott Michael, Le Traon Pierre-Yves, Pouliquen Sylvie, Sousa-Pinto Isabel, Tanhua Toste, Velho Filomena V., Willis Zdenka (2019). An Integrated All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System in 2030. Frontiers In Marine Science, 6(428), 22p. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :