EU awards AtlantOS project €20.7 million for an efficient Atlantic Ocean Observing System

March 31st, 2015

AtlantOS: Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS).

Funded by the European Commission under the H2020 call, Blue Growth:Unlocking the potential of Seas and Oceans, the €20.7 million project will be coordinated by GEOMAR. The trans-Atlantic consortium consists of 63 participants, representing 19 different countries including the UK, Germany, Norway, USA, South Africa, Netherlands, Faroe Islands, Croatia, Canada, and Brazil.

Responsible for the Website Design and Development and the Graphic Design of communication materials, Blue Lobster will play a significant role in the project's Engagement, Dissemination and Communication activities. The AtlantOS website will be designed and integrated into a suitable Content Management System (CMS). Blue Lobster will manage the content and maintain and host the website throughout the project.

Blue Lobster will be responsible for designing up to six high impact visual/interactive products to be defined and developed during the span of the project. The products will be a combination of digital and print products and will be targeted at communicating with the stakeholder groups.

As part of this, an independent parallax website will be designed and developed as a visual legacy output of the AtlantOS project. Parallax scrolling is a technique in computer graphics where background images move past the camera more slowly than foreground images. This creates an illusion of depth in a 2D scene and a sense of immersion in the virtual experience.

Other visual products that will support the Brand and awareness will include Graphic Design of flyers for both digital and printed distribution, themed project newsletters, briefing papers, brochures, logo variations, banners, and presentation templates.

About AtlantOS:

The overarching objective of AtlantOS is to achieve a transition from a broadly coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and appropriate Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS). By defining requirements and systems design, improving the readiness of observing networks and data systems, and engaging stakeholders around the Atlantic. Therefore, leaving a legacy and strengthened contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). AtlantOS will fill existing in-situ observing system gaps and ensure that data are readily accessible and usable.

AtlantOS will demonstrate the utility of integrating in-situ and Earth observing satellite based observations towards informing a wide range of sectors using the Copernicus Marine Monitoring Services and the European Marine Observation and Data Network and connect them with similar activities around the Atlantic. The project will support activities to share, integrate, and standardise in-situ observations, reduce the cost by network optimisation and deployment of new technologies, and increase the competitiveness of European industries, and particularly of the small and medium enterprises of the marine sector. AtlantOS will promote innovation, documentation, and exploitation of innovative observing systems.

All AtlantOS work packages will strengthen the trans-Atlantic collaboration, through close interaction with partner institutions from Canada, the United States, and the South Atlantic region. The project will develop a results oriented dialogue with key stakeholder communities to enable a meaningful exchange between the products and services that IAOOS can deliver and the demands/needs of the stakeholder communities. Finally, AtlantOS will establish a structured dialogue with funding bodies, including the European Commision, USA, Canada etc. to ensure sustainability and adequate growth of IAOOS.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633211. The information and views of this website lie entirely with the authors. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.