Pushing the boundaries of hydrography research

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The project

EuroGO-SHIP: Shaping a new research infrastructure and services in support of more accurate ship-based observations from the surface to the bottom of the ocean.

The HORIZON EUROPE EuroGO-SHIP project seeks to enable the European community conducting ship-based hydrographic  observations at sea to provide higher quality and more sustainable data flows to a broad range of end users, more effectively. The project will work towards strengthening European capabilities to deliver world-class Oceanographic science, which is key to inform policies and to meet the goals of the EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” and the wider objectives of the EU Green Deal.

EuroGO-SHIP will scope, innovate and deliver new services to enhance European hydrographic observations taken from ships, as key research infrastructures contributing to the wider ocean observing system. The project will engage and consult with key stakeholders to qualify existing needs of hydrography data originators and end users working with them towards strengthening European capabilities.

New services will be refined by broad consultation with the scientific community, existing Research Infrastructures (RIs), governments and funders. Based on the results of these conversations, a new structure for supporting European Hydrography will be proposed, offering alternatives and a blueprint for its development. The project will also seek to connect to wider, non-expert audiences to increase the understanding of the societal value of hydrographic observations, thereby contributing to advance ocean literacy.

The EuroGO-SHIP project will deliver:

A clear understanding of the regional needs of hydrography communities in marginal seas around Europe.

Best practices, tools and training to support the flow of FAIR data into databases, such as a fit-for-purpose APP providing secondary quality control software and a data pathway for Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) data.

A new blueprint for how to support European hydrography so that it produces better, higher quality data in an appropriate manner to a range of end users, while achieving cost savings in related operations, including a new statement of requirement for services needed to operate European hydrography.

A clear demonstration of the power that enhanced support to hydrographic operations can deliver in terms of addressing key societal questions around relevant indicators, such as deoxygenation, eutrophication, and ocean acidification, all of which inform key policies, such as the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).


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