AtlantOS Biogeochemical Targets

Setting Observing Targets for Biogeochemical Observing System in the Atlantic - H2020 AtlantOS Workshop

29 Nov – 1 Dec 2016, Sopot, Poland

Setting Observing Targets for Biogeochemical Observing System in the Atlantic Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Sopot, Poland 29 November – 1 December 2016

The EU Horizon2020 AtlantOS project aims to optimize and enhance the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System using the Framework for Ocean Observing (FOO) to obtain an international, more sustainable, more efficient, more integrated, and fit-for-purpose system. As such, the project provides a regional realization of the new multidisciplinary Global Ocean Observing System, and contributes towards the implementation of the FOO through the concept of Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs). The development and maintenance of the Biogeochemical EOVs and their specification sheets is an effort carried out by the GOOS Biogeochemistry (BGC) Expert Panel, led by the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP). With ongoing advances in observing technology, and a set of BGC EOVs already in place, priorities for designing an optimum observing system for marine biogeochemistry are now shifting towards a system-wide definition of a set of accepted observing targets for BGC phenomena and EOVs developed in a process driven by relevant scientific and societal requirements. The challenge is for the observing targets to simultaneously take into account the myriad of spatio-temporal scales of the distinct BGC phenomena of interest and the complex array of corresponding observing elements. The “Setting Observing Targets for Biogeochemical Observing System in the Atlantic” Workshop responds to this challenge by bringing together around 15 experts in biogeochemical observations and modelling to fulfil the following goals:

    - Define what an observing target is in the context of the BGC observing system - Decide phenomena for which to set observing targets (based on the list of phenomena developed by AtlantOS WP1) - Set observing targets for BGC phenomena (described by relevant variables) - Analyse feasibility of set targets with respect to current capacities and identified gaps - Provide recommendations for designing an optimized Atlantic Ocean observing system
Outcomes of the workshop will include a set of targets for BGC phenomena accompanied by a set of targets for relevant BGC EOVs. Comparing the targets developed during this workshop with the current observing capabilities will enable a comprehensive gap analysis aimed at providing recommendations for designing optimized and enhanced Atlantic Ocean observing system.


Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences
Instytut Oceanologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Powsta?ców Warszawy 55

81-712 Sopot

Organisers and Staff

Dr. Maciej Telszewski
Dr. Ute Schuster
Toste Tanhua
Dr. Artur Palacz

Background Documents

Code Title
IOC/INF-1284 rev. A Framework for Ocean Observing
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development Goals
World Ocean Assessment I - Compilation
Methodology for the GEF Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme. Volume 6. Methodology for the Assessment of the Open Ocean
Pollution in the Open Oceans 2009 - 2013. A Report by a GESAMP Task Team.
List of Atlantic Biogeochemical Phenomena
Workshop Agenda
Tables with societal drivers, scientific questions, phenomena and EOVs.
Logistics information

Participant Stats:

Staff and organisers 4
Confirmed 15
Not Confirmed 0
Not-participating 4
Total 19
Groups: GOOS, GOOS Biogeochemistry Panel (IOCCP), IOC
Created at 06:45 on 17 October 2016 by Dr. Artur Piotr Palacz
Last Updated at 11:39 on 14 November 2016 by Dr. Artur Piotr Palacz
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