AtlantOS – Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System

To improve and innovate Atlantic Ocean  observing, via a more systematic, cost effective and user-driven international integrated observing system.

54 months from 01/04/2015 to 30/09/2019

Coordinating organization
  • GEOMAR - Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager

General aims

To achieve a transition from a loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS), by defining requirements and systems design, improving the readiness of observing networks and data systems, and engaging stakeholders around the Atlantic; and leaving a legacy and strengthened contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).


(OPA Division): To estimate hazard and cost associated to ship routes in the Atlantic Ocean and to realize an interactive user-interface for querying the resulting database.

(ODA Division): Improved design of the in-situ observing system for ocean reanalysis, analysis and forecasting of physical variables and test of  different models and methods for robustness.

Expected results

(OPA Division): To develop an interactive system for hazard mapping of Atlantic ship routes.

(ODA Division): To deliver objective guidelines to improve existing elements and/or implement new components of the IAOOS.

  • Task 8.3 “Ship routing hazard mapping”
  • Task 1.3 “Observing System Design Studies”

  • Helmholtz Zentrum fur Ozeanforschung Kiel
  • NERC - Natural Environment Research Council
  • IMI - Marine Institute
  • Universitaet Bremen
  • Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • UPMC - Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
  • Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung e.V.
  • Instytut Oceanologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
  • Havforskningsinstituttet No
  • UiB - Universitetet i Bergen (UiB)
  • CSIC - Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
  • NIVA - Norwegian Institute for Water Research
  • Consorcio para el Diseno, Construccion, Equipamiento y Explotacion de la Plataforma 
Oceanica de Canarias
  • SAHFOS – Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science
  • DTU - Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
  • The Scottish Association for Marinescience LBG
  • IMAR- Instituto do Mar
  • Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Zeeonderzoek
  • Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum fuer Polar und Meeresforschung
  • Havstovan
  • UNEXE - University of Exteter
  • IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
  • Eumetnet Groupement D Interet Economique
  • CLS - Collecte Localisation Satellites
  • CMCC - Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee VZW
  • CLIMAR - Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e 
  • IEEE France Section
  • Fondation Europeenne de la Science
  • UOP - University of Plymouth
  • Universidade do Algarve
  • IEO - Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia
  • Institut Francais de Recherche pour 
l'Exploitation de la Mer
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
  • UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Euro-Argo ERIC
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  • PML - Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Daithi O'Murchu Marine Research Station LTD
  • Seascape Consultants LTD UK
  • Bruncin
  • Ribocon GmbH
  • Develogic GmbH
  • Nke Instrumentation Sarl
  • CONTROS Systems & Solutions GmbH
  • T.E. Laboratories Limited
  • MARIS - Mariene Informatie Service Maris BV
  • Blue Lobster IT Limited
  • CLU Srl
  • Max Planck Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften E.V.
  • Dalhousie University
  • Meopar Incorporated
  • Ministerio da Ciencia e Tecnologia
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • CSIR - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

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