Bringing the Ocean to Society
28 Jan 2019
A better view of the Atlantic from Space
The European Space Agency held a stakeholder consultation to gather needs for their new Atlantic Initiative to be launched this year.

In a keynote address at the European Space Agency organised “Atlantic from Space” workshop, held at the National Oceanographic Centre, UK from 23-25 January 2019, outgoing EurOcean Executive-Director, Ned Dwyer spoke of the need to underpin new research activities with a Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach. Ned outlined, with practical examples, many taken from the H2020 funded MARINA project in which EurOcean is a partner, how implementation of the six pillars of RRI – multi-actor stakeholder engagement, science education, ethics, gender equality, open science and harmonious governance models - could lead to better research outcomes. Moreover he highlighted the barriers to successful Knowledge Transfer and promoted the recommendations from the H2020 COLUMBUS project which provide practical guidance on how to improve knowledge transfer for funding bodies at all stages of the project lifecycle.

The workshop had a range of interesting presentations and discussions on a variety of science, application and service requirements for the Atlantic area and the need to collaborate with existing initiatives and beyond Europe´s borders was highlighted a number of times.

Following on this requirements gathering exercise and further planned consultations in the coming months, ESA expects to launch a number of tenders to address priority issues in relation to satellite observations of  the Atlantic later in 2019 and in 2020. More details on the workshop can be found here.