What is the Atlantic Ocean BluePrint

Internationally, ocean observation has primarily been coordinated through the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) cosponsored by IOC-UNESCO, ICSU and WMO and the Blue Planet initiative of GEO supported by numerous other national and international programs and projects. GOOS and GEO are closely liked with GOOS being responsible for contributing the sustained ocean observations to the Blue Planet initiative of GEO.  GOOS and its partners are working to develop and implement effective ocean observing capacities and trying to manage and if possible minimize the complexity of the current observing systems. In 1999 and 2009 the global ocean observing community came together at the OceanObs conferences to share and articulate their ambition for integrated ocean observing. The next OceanObs meeting is planned for fall 2019 in Hawaii.

The overarching goal of the strategy developed in the BluePrint for Integrated Ocean Observing in the Atlantic is to facilitate a more sustainable, coordinated and comprehensive ocean observing system delivering relevant ocean information for a wide range of societal benefit areas spanning ocean change, near-real-time ocean state estimation, ocean prediction and base-line information to support sustainable ocean use. The BluePrint for an Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System should go beyond the state-of–the-art and provide a vision for the Atlantic Ocean observing in the next decade.  It should integrate existing ocean observing activities into a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose system. The observing system should be ambitious, multi-national, multi-sectoral and purposeful but not prescriptive. It must include capacity development and emphasize the role of resource mobilization for observations of the entire Atlantic Ocean.  The system should support and enhance new partnerships between science, services, private sector and civil society.

The BluePrint is being structured in the following manner:

    1. Vision for Integrated Atlantic Observing in 2030
    2. Assessing Requirements for Ocean Observing
    3. System analysis and design
    4. Observing networks
    5. Data flow
    6. Integration, synthesis and analysis
    7. Products servicing user needs
    8. Innovative system development
    9. Governance, Partnerships and Capacity Building
    10. Sustainability challenges and opportunities of ocean observing

The Blueprint Team is developing two related documents at the same time:

  1. A shorter version (~ 20 pages), covering the key points and highlighting key steps for success
  2. A longer, more detailed document (~ 60 – 100 pages), pointing to successful examples and offering more background


  • By the end of September first versions for each section
  • November 2017:  Share the short document with the AtlantOS community at the Meeting after 3rd AtlantOS General Assembly
  • November 2017: Take feedback obtained and further work on the short and long documents
  • Early 2018: openly release first public draft of the short version for comments and feedback.
  • Summer 2018: release first public draft of long and more detailed document for comments and feedback.