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*24 May 2011: EuroSITES article is published in the Spring 2011 joint Coriolis-Mercator Ocean Quarterly Newsletter*

*EuroSITES features in GEO News Issue#14 May 2011*


The final EuroSITES meeting took place in Crete (Heraklion) between 22-24 March 2011.

During the 3 years lifetime of the project the European Open Ocean Observatory Network has integrated and enhanced Europe’s capability for in situ ocean observation. The meeting brought together EuroSITES partners, international Oversight Committee members and external projects to showcase the final results of the EuroSITES science, technology, data management and outreach. Participants also discussed the societal benefit and applications of the EuroSITES ocean observatory platforms as a key in situ platform for delivering essential ocean datasets to society through GMES, EMODNET and GEO.








*February 2011*

Data from the ESONET Demonstration mission MODOO at the EuroSITES PAP observatory are available for download on the ESONET Data portal

EuroSITES coordinator Richard Lampitt, project manager Kate Larkin and partner Vasilis Lykousis attended the GEO GEPW5 meeting in London. Presentations were made towards EuroSITES contribution to the next GEO Workplan (2012-2015) and to the GEO Data Core. Click here for the news article and to download presentations
























*January 2011 -EuroSITES are a key stakeholder to GISC (GMES in situ coordination)*


Following the first GISC workshop at the European Environment Agency in in June 2010, EuroSITES responded to a review, led by the EEA to esablish an initial stakeholders list for GISC. The EuroSITES network already contribute many key atmsopheric and ocean variables in near real-time and delayed mode, contributing to the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) through MyOcean.










*January 2011* The EuroSITES team wish you all a very Happy New Year! We are in the final 3 months of the project leading up to our final meeting in Crete (22-24 March 2011) hosted by partners HCMR. But EuroSITES activities will not just stop then. EuroSITES is already contributing key in situ ocean datasets to the OceanSITES, MyOcean and the GTS for use by modellers and other groups. It is clear data from fixed-point open ocean observatories is becoming a key component of the future vision for an integrated ocean observing system. Please note January 2011 is the time for abstract submissions for conferences including EGU and ICES/NAFO. For a longer list of upcoming meetings please click here. And if you are holding a meeting of interest to EuroSITES, do let us know!

*December 2010*

The 2010 issue of 'EuroSITES News' is now available summarising the latest news on EuroSITES observatories, science missions, data management, outreach and management activities. For the 2009 Newsletter click here.

We thank you all for contributions during 2010 and we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2011.

DYFAMED observatory is redeployed: The ZPS and IODA mooring was successfully deployed on 14 December at the DYFAMED site, Ligurian Sea. The next maintenance cruise will be in April 2011.




*November 2010*

OceanSITES data management takes a step forward.

EuroSITES is a major contributor to the OceanSITES initiative: producing time-series data in an internationally agreed standard.The process of synchronising the 2 GDACs (Global Data Assembly Centre) has come one step closer as the 2 sites at Coriolis and NDBC/NOAA have restructured their directories. In the next few weeks the synchronisation process will increase the accessibility and also the security of the data.

EuroSITES showcases at GEO Ministerial Summit: Between 2-5 November 2010 the EuroSITES Coordinator Richard Lampitt represented the EuroSITES network at the GEO Ministerial Summit in Beijing. EuroSITES is funded by FP7 Environment as a GEO project and EuroSITES is a key contributor of in situ ocean datasets for the Group on Earth Observations principally as a European component of OceanSITES through GOOS. EuroSITES contributed to the European stand showcasing a poster exhibit and film produced by EuroSITES management and outreach in collaboration with projects HERMIONE, ESONET and EMSO.

Photo: GEO Ministerial Summit, Beijing. Jane Shiel (Scientific Officer, EC; DG Research, Directorate: Environment),Richard Lampitt (EuroSITES Coordinator) and Mike Segal (DEFRA; Head of the UK delegation)

*September and October 2010: Towards a European Ocean Observing system*

On 16 September, EuroSITES colleagues from across the network represented the project at the 2nd ESF Marine Board meeting in Brussels. Marine scientists, policy makers and stakeholders from across Europe came together to discuss the long-term monitoring of Europe’s marine environment. Richard Lampitt presented the EuroSITES project and the ESF 2nd Marine Board Forum presentations are now online.

EuroSITES colleagues Vasilis Lykousis, Kate Larkin and Richard Lampitt at EUROCEAN2010

12-13 October, the EurOCEAN 2010 meeting in Ostend brought together the European marine science community to consider, discuss and respond to new policy developments in the sector and highlight challenges and opportunities for their research over the next decade. A European Ocean Observing System was a key priority listed in the Ostend declaration (see below). EuroSITES coordination and representatives from across the network also met with EMSO and ESONET colleagues to discuss the longer-term funding opportunities for fixed-point open ocean observatories.

* June 2010*

Integrated Ocean Observation in the Ligurian Sea: DYFAMED mooring

EuroSITES partner CNRS has just completed a succesful maintenance of the DYFAMED moorings on R/V Tethys II. This included the sediment trap mooring and the collection of a 12 month dataset of CTD and currents.The new mooring line consists of 2 sediment traps at 200 and 1000m, 8 CTD sensors and 2 currents sensors below the sediment traps. This stand-alone mooring will be maintained in June 2011. In addition, a glider is running the Nice-Calvi transect from 0 to 1000m depth


The PAP site has a makeover

The EuroSITES PAP mooring was redeployed in the North Atlantic on 1st June 2010. The mooring is full-depth with a Met Office Ocean Data Acquisition System (ODAS) buoy at the surface, already transmitting meteorological and ocean datasets in near real-time.

“This is a huge achievement marking the first collaboration between the UK Met Office and NERC (NOC) since the move of the Met Office marine engineering team to the NOC in Southampton in 2008,” explained Richard Lampitt (EuroSITES Coordinator and cruise P.I.) from onboard the RRS James Clark Ross.

The new mooring design is a great enhancement of the ocean observation capability of the North Atlantic time-series site.

Visit the EuroSITES PAP cruise diary to find out more




APRIL 2010: EuroSITES 2nd Annual meeting

EuroSITES Consortium and Oversight Committee members met in Trieste, Italy for the 2nd Annual meeting between 20th-22nd April 2010. An open session was held on 21st April for external projects. The meeting was a success despite the travel trials as a result of the Icelandic volcano disruptions. A video conference will be held in late June 2010 with all partners as a follow-up.

*April 8th 2010: New mooring deployed at ESTOC*
On 8th April 2010 EuroSITES partner ICCM led a cruise to the ESTOC observatory where the mooring was redeployed at 3pm local time. Positioned at 29.04N, -15.50W north of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands the ESTOC mooring includes a full set of sensors to monitor physical and biogeochemical environmental variables. In addition, the deployment included a pH sensor (at 1-1.5m) developed by partner ULPGC.

December 2009:

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November 2009:

EuroSITES WP3 held a technical meeting on 23rd-24th November to discuss technical issues for water column variables specifically focusing on biogeochemical variables e.g. pCO2, nutrients, chl-a fluorescence and pH. The meeting was hosted by partner CNRS at the OOV, Villefranche, France.

October 2009:

EuroSITES partners OGS performed the maintenance and upgraded the second mooring line of the E2-M3A site, Adriatic Sea, including the deployment of a surface buoy. OGS carried out these operations on board the R/V Explora from 12-16 October 2009 and measurements (for calibration TD cast and water samples) were taken at the site during the MSM 12-3 cruise on board the R/V Maria S. Merian.

ESONET Second All Regions and Best Practice Workshop

EuroSITES participants attended the ESONET 2nd All Regions and Best Practice Workshop in October 2009. The 2nd Best Practices workshop video presentations and All Regions oral presentations are now on-line:

3rd GEO European Projects Workshop

Presentations and posters from the 3rd GEO European Projects Workshop held in Istanbul on 8-9 October 2009 are now available online: Click Here

Seabed anchor being recovered onto the deck of RV Aegaio


September 2009:

Seabed observatory is redeployed off Patras, Greece
Following the successful deployment of a seabed observatory off Patras, Greece in May 2009, EuroSITES partners NERC-NOCS and HCMR successfully serviced the seabed observatory in September 2009. The seabed observatory is inside an active composite pockmark outside Patras harbour, Greece. The observatory was re-deployed at a position closer to the centre of the pockmark, chosen to provide a second dataset. The new experiment should have sufficient battery power for another 3-4 months.

September 2009: OceanObs'09: Between 21st-25th September 2009, over 600 ocean observationalists from more than 35 countries gathered together to discuss the current status and future developments in ocean observation. Science and technology/infrastructure were presented and the societal benefits and services. View the Final Draft Conference Statement and Community White papers online at: For OO'09 outreach information visit:



For a list of past and upcoming meetings relevant to EuroSITES please click here



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