EuroGOOS/Arctic ROOS

EuroGOOS identifies priorities, enhances cooperation and promotes the benefits of operational oceanography to ensure sustained observations are made in Europe’s seas underpinning a suite of fit-for-purpose products and services for marine and maritime end-users.

EuroGOOS is the European component of the Global Ocean Observing System of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC GOOS). EuroGOOS Secretariat is located in Brussels, serving 44 members and supporting five regional systems in Europe.

EuroGOOS working groups, networks of observing platforms (task teams), and regional systems (ROOS), provide fora for cooperation, unlock quality marine data and deliver common strategies, priorities and standards. These many EuroGOOS networks work towards integrated, sustained and fit-for-purpose European ocean observing, underpinning the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS).

Arctic ROOS is EuroGOOS’ Arctic regional system. It is an open forum for national agencies, research institutes, universities as well as commercial bodies to inform, share and develop an Arctic Ocean observing system. Arctic ROOS seeks to coordinate activities with the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and other regional Arctic ocean and sea ice observing networks.


The goals of the Arctic ROOS are as follows:

  • Integrate European oceanographic and sea ice monitoring activities in the Arctic;
  • Foster development of automatic real-time observations;
  • Promote and facilitate dissemination of data via the FAIR principles;
  • Enhance the development of open source community oceanographic, wave and sea-ice models;

Develop European capacity for the ocean and sea-ice monitoring.


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Joseph Nolan


 Science Officer


Alicia Blanco


Communication Officer


Inga Lips


 Secretary General

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Jari Haapala

Finnish Meteorological Institute

Chair of ArcticROOS