Lay Summary 

AtlantOS, the All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System, aimed to establish a sustainable, multidisciplinary, multi-thematic system supported by countries around the Atlantic, building on the observing platforms, networks and systems already in place.


The vision of AtlantOS was to improve and innovate Atlantic observing by using the Framework of Ocean Observing to obtain an international, more sustainable, more efficient, more integrated, and fit-for-purpose system. Hence, the AtlantOS initiative has a long-lasting and sustainable contribution to the societal, economic and scientific benefit arising from this integrated approach. This was achieved by improving the value for money, extent, completeness, quality and ease of access to Atlantic Ocean data required by industries, product supplying agencies, scientist and citizens.


The legacy derived from the AtlantOS aims:

  • to improve international collaboration in the design, implementation and benefit sharing of ocean observing,
  • to promote engagement and innovation in all aspects of ocean observing,
  • to facilitate free and open access to ocean data and information,
  • to enable and disseminate methods of achieving quality and authority of ocean information,
  • to strengthen the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and to sustain observing systems that are critical for the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and its applications and
  • to contribute to the aims of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation


Dr. Brad de Young, a professor with the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science helped develop the vision for AtlantOS. 


“We’re on a planet that’s changing,” said Dr. de Young. “The climate is changing, the ocean is becoming more acidic, the oxygen is decreasing, the circulation patterns are changing, and fish and other organisms are moving around as the ocean changes. These changes will have direct impacts on us. Ocean observations will allow us to track these changes, which is important if we are to understand them and adapt to or mitigate them.”


This work complements the larger initiative known as the Global Ocean Observing System, a collaborative international effort for the gathering of data about the world’s oceans and seas.


More information about this project can be found here and here


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Newfoundland and Labrador
Start date 
1 Apr 2015
End date 
30 Sep 2019
Lead Organization 
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Support Organization 
The Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR)