PLOCAN organises the 1st Virtual Workshop EuroSea – Network of Autonomous Surface Vehicles

PLOCAN organises the virtual Workshop on the Autonomous Surface Vehicle Network (ASV), which will be held on October 5th and 6th, within the framework of the EuroSea project, funded by the Horizon 2020 program.

EuroSea is aiming to better use existing capacities in the European marine in-situ observing system, to fill existing gaps and to make the resulting data and information available to end-users, in support to EOOS (European Ocean Observing System) strategy led by EuroGOOS.

In particular, the goal of its WP3 (Network Integration and Improvement) relies on gathering more knowledge for a sustainable use of the ocean through a multiplatform-network approach based on cutting-edge observing technologies like moorings, floats, gliders, HF-Radar, tide-gauges, ferrybox, etc.

The EuroSea consortium partners are scientific institutions and non-public entities from 13 European countries, Brazil and Canada. In addition, intergovernmental organizations, and networks, such as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), the European Marine Board (EMB) and the European part of the Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) are supporting the project.

Furthermore, partners from industry, involved in the development of ocean observing technologies and services beyond the project have been also engaged and are contributing.

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) are unmanned platforms whose development and role in ocean monitoring applications has increased considerably in recent years. ASV technology is able to conduct a wide range of ocean-observing applications, that already engages an important community-members of developers, manufacturers, operators and end-users, although not yet recognized at European (EuroGOOS) or global level under the term “Network”.

EuroSea would like to establish an international and multidisciplinary ASV-Network for a better coordination on innovation development, services and Best Practices (BP). This will improve ASV technologies at operational, data management and policy level, and will enhance the use of ASV data improving ocean observing products, their implementation and dissemination through existing EU data infrastructures.


EuroSea – Gathering more Knowledge for a Sustainable Use of the Ocean through a Multiplatform-Network approach based on cutting-edge Observing Technologies. EU funding of 12.6 M€ (H2020).

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