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Europe and Australia, collaborating to observe the global ocean

International collaboration to implement the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) has recently been in the spotlight, in Canberra and Hobart. Dr Glenn Nolan, Secretary General of EuroGOOS, came to Australia to speak at ACOMO 2016 and then visit the IMOS Office.

Dr Glenn Nolan (right), Secretary General of EuroGOOS, with Tim Moltmann, IMOS Director.

EuroGOOS and IMOS are two of the thirteen GOOS Regional Alliances, which collectively provide an important mechanism to implement global ocean observing through national and regional programs.

‘There are both similarities and differences between our systems,’ said IMOS Director Tim Moltmann.  

‘There is tremendous benefit in working with Glenn and his colleagues to learn about the approaches they are taking in Europe, and to share our experiences in the Australasian region.  

'Our systems grow stronger through closer collaboration, and we can contribute more to the global effort as a result,’ he said.

Capacity development, end user engagement, and communication were key themes emerging from presentations given by Dr Nolan and discussions that followed.  It was also interesting to hear about the role of EuroGOOS in the European Commission’s Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service. Australia has recently established a Copernicus Data Hub through Geoscience Australia, providing an exciting new mechanism for collaboration in the application and use of next generation satellite data.

"It has been tremendously useful to learn about the capabilities, networks and initiatives underway in Australia through IMOS and AODN. This will enable new collaborations in ocean observation between Australia and Europe in the coming years and strengthen the activities of the GOOS Regional alliances," said Dr Glenn Nolan.

The Council of GOOS Regional Alliances comes together at a Forum held every two years, with the next one scheduled for the second half of 2017.  IMOS is currently chairing the Council, with EuroGOOS being Vice Chair, so Dr Nolan’s visit was well-timed in terms of planning future collaborative activity.