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Ninth MONGOOS meeting & Workshop, November 24-26, 2020 Virtual

The General Assembly of the Mediterranean Operational Network for the Global Ocean Observing System (MONGOOS), will take place online on 26 November. A two-day workshop will be organized prior to the assembly on 24-25 November to discuss new ocean observing approaches. This year 2020 the workshop is organized by Laurent Coppola and the MONGOOS Observation Working Group Team.

Registration (before 20 November) is open here.

New ocean observation approaches for a blue Mediterranean Sea: physical and biogeochemical systems, data and model assimilation – MONGOOS Workshop, 24-25 November 2020

Observing systems are crucial to monitor and to model the marine environment. European and national investments in the last decades have led to the establishment of measuring capacities in the Mediterranean Sea. However, the ability to diagnose ocean health and predict future changes is still limited due to the incomplete coverage of observations and gaps in the measured variables. The types of observational efforts as well as lack of sustained infrastructures and integrated observatories result in incomplete coverage in some regions, e.g. Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Nevertheless, most observing systems have improved their technical capabilities in terms of innovative sensors and multiple instrument integration, in particular with biogeochemical and biological sensors and autonomous platforms, to reach a large number of users in oceanographic communities and the blue economy.

New approaches to improve the ocean observing systems are being discussed and ready to be implemented in ocean and coastal observatories. The genomic approach and the augmented observatories for the assessment of the state and change of marine ecosystems are some examples that are being spread worldwide. The improvement of more reliable and accurate biogeochemical sensors (i.e. nitrate, pCO2, pH) for extended biogeochemical observations from the surface to the deep ocean is nowadays a scientific and technical priority. The use of neural networks and Artificial Intelligence tools for predicting certain high-value variables or filling data gaps is an active research area that is being integrated in ocean observatories.

This MONGOOS workshop is organized by the Observational Working Group and will be devoted to new advances in the development of physical and biogeochemical sensors, multiple and interdisciplinary observing systems, data mining, numerical assimilation, and artificial intelligence in the Mediterranean Sea, for sustainable blue economy.

Programme of the Workshop available here

Programme of the General Asembly available here