Concept and objectives

The ocean is a fundamental part of the global live-support system and provider of a wealth of resources to the humanity. Despite this paramount importance to society, there are fundamental gaps in ocean observing and forecasting systems, limiting our capacity to sustainably manage our activities in the ocean. Ocean observing is “big science” and cannot be solved by individual nations. EuroSea will support European integration for coordinated observations of the ocean that can be sustained in the long term.

EuroSea is a European Union Horizon 2020 Innovation Action running from November 2019 to December 2023. It brings together key European actors of ocean observation and forecasting with key end users of ocean observations, responding to the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative. EuroSea’s innovative demonstration activities are focused on operational services, ocean health and climate, where a dialogue between actors in the ocean observing systems will guide the development of the services.

EuroSea Innovation Action Objectives:


  1. Strengthen European leadership in ocean observing coordination and foresight at an international level; in particular strengthening the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) and contributing to the implementation of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) 2030 Strategy.
  2. Provide a refined system design in support of an integrated European ocean observing and forecasting system for the European seas and the Atlantic, including the deep sea.
  3. Improve and enhance the readiness and integration of observing networks, including thematic networks (augmented observatories) by supporting coordination and increasing the TRL of observing systems and tools and data delivery/management.
  4. Enable FAIR data and facilitate integration of data by improving the data management structure and practices of the observing networks and supporting ingestion of ocean data in the Copernicus Marine Service, EMODnet and SeaDataNet portfolios.
  5. Deliver improved assimilation and forecast products from the ocean observing system by integrating EuroSea observations in Copernicus Marine Service monitoring and forecasting centers and developing new hybrid models that will assess uncertainties in forecast, and by developing new EOV synthesis products.
  6. Demonstrate ocean observing methods and technologies and their integration in existing systems in support of; operational services (e.g. coastal resilience, beach safety, sea-state forecast), ocean health (e.g. water quality assessments, food security/safety, extreme event forecasts), climate (e.g. carbon audit, climate indicators) that are used for multiple purposes by different stakeholders (e.g. port operators, fishery, aquaculture, climate assessments) by developing novel ocean observing systems.
  7. Create an integrated, sustainable and fit-for-purpose ocean observing system by engaging with a range of stakeholders through advocacy, dissemination and capacity building; supporting the blue economy.