A GEOSS perspective on Air Quality and Health in Europe: the EGIDA Methodology

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Photo of traffic in Europe with visible fumes escaping the cars. Credit" Sergiy Serdyuk

Photo of traffic in Europe with visible fumes escaping the cars. Credit" Sergiy SerdyukThe air quality issue is a multinational concern and GEOSS seems an ideal approach for connecting existing observing systems and for sharing data globally. Experiences from previous involvements in GEOSS by the air quality communities are discussed in this article and approaches for improving their sustainable contributions are suggested.

Inquiry-to-Insight (I2I): An International Digital Environmental Education Project

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Cropped image of voicethreadThe Inquiry-to-Insight (I2I) project, a collaboration between Gothenburg University in Sweden and Stanford University in California, offers an educational program combining information and communication technologies (ICT), social networking Internet communities, and pedagogy directed at learning about and envisioning solutions to global environmental issues.

From Ocean Sensors to Traceable Knowledge by Harmonizing Ocean Observing Systems

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image showing two scuba divers performing maintenance tasks on OBSEA, located next to an artificial reef.This article provides a review of some initiatives of global and local focus and application of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) guidelines to ocean observatories. The authors address scenarios in real ocean observing facilities–the European Seas Observatory Network, the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observation (ESONET-EMSO), the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) infrastructure and deep sea observatory in the Canary Islands, and the Expandable Seafloor Observatory (OBSEA) shallow water Western-Mediterranean observatory of the Technical University of Catalonia.

EuroSITES Open Ocean Observatory Network: Monitoring Europe’s Open Ocean

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EuroSITES Observatory InfrastructureThe recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, hurricane and tsunami disasters and ocean ‘health’ issues including ocean acidification highlight the importance of ocean observing systems. The authors provide overview current European (EuroSITES) and international (OceanSITES) initiatives and the growing need for high quality, high resolution ocean datasets to feed models and produce products and services to society.

Observing the Oceans – A 2020 Vision for Ocean Science

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Cropped illustration showing the energy complex of the ocean.The oceans connect all continents; they are owned by no one, yet they belong to all of us by virtue of their mobile nature. The oceans may be viewed as the common heritage of humankind, the responsibility and life support of us all. This essay overviews the global ocean’s complicated history that produces today’s immensely complex system in which thousands of physical, chemical, and biological processes continually interact over many scales of time and space. It also limns as the Ocean Observing Initiative’s bold project now underway to put the Internet under the sea and provide an observation tool of unequaled potential.