The consultation targets a wide European community of ocean data providers, infrastructure managers, technology developers, data users, and broader ocean observing stakeholders. This survey is critical to collect views from the European ocean observing community and wider stakeholders and to inform any decision-making about a future EOOS.
The need for an end-to-end integrated and sustained European Ocean Observing System, EOOS, has been expressed by the oceanographic and scientific community during the development of the European Integrated Maritime Policy in 2007. Since then, EOOS has featured in a number of scientific and science-policy documents. However, to design an efficient and sustained EOOS concrete stakeholder recommendations are needed, as well as a policy buy-in.
The consultation survey was designed by the EOOS Steering Group brought together by EuroGOOS and the European Marine Board, in their consolidated actions to make EOOS a reality.