The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EMSO ERIC, www.emso-eu.org) is a distributed network of marine observatories serving science researchers, marine technology engineers, policy makers, and the public. The monitored variables address natural hazards, climate change, and marine ecosystems. EMSO observatories have been deployed at key sites around Europe, from the Arctic to the Atlantic, through the Mediterranean, to the Black Sea, from polar to subtropical environments, through the water column down to the abyss.
These sites provide (near-)real-time, interactive ocean observations across a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary range of research areas including biology, geology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and computer science. EMSO not only brings together countries and disciplines but also aims at pooling resources and coordinating to assemble harmonized data into a comprehensive ocean observatory facility, which will be made available to researchers and stakeholders worldwide on an open and interoperable access basis.
This conference will bring together members of the marine science and industry community to exchange information and best practices related to the advances of the EMSO objectives.
It will serve a double purpose: further the coordination and efficiency of the teams already involved in EMSO activities, and attract new participants, to pave the way for the involvement of new countries, new observatory sites and scientific disciplines.
The event will include:
- An overview of the existing, expected and potential EMSO ERIC nodes
- A state of the art of subsea observatories design and operation
- An exchange of know-how and practices with EMSO ERIC counterparts outside Europe to align strategies and encourage new developments promoting a global dimension
- A bottom-up discussion on access and services required by the scientific community and the industrial sector and on training needs of operators and of the users of online observatory data