01.03.2024 - 29.02.2028



The European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) is the basic structure of the European network of ocean observation initiatives. Marine research infrastructures focussing on ocean observations - for example EMSO, EURO-ARGO and ICOS ERICs; EuroFleets+, EuroGoShip, GROOM RI, JERICO RI and MINKE - are the main providers of in-situ ocean data for EOOS and Copernicus. Unfortunately, there is a lack of effective coordination, which prevents them from delivering concrete added value for research and society.

AMRIT gathers these infrastructure projects together under the international coordination of OceanOPS/WMO with the aim of

  • Ensuring the smooth operation of marine observation platforms;
  • Ensuring the full nominal utilisation of sensors and accelerating their development;
  • the complementarity of the various observation platforms;
  • Ensuring the overall coherence of the marine data value chain.

To achieve these goals, AMRIT will develop an EOOS Technical Support Centre which in turn will be the cornerstone for the establishment and maintenance of a long-term European marine observation system. AMRIT will serve as a catalyst for the development and consolidation of marine research infrastructures across Europe and provide a benchmark for operational coordination and collaboration. AMRIT will drive EOOS forward in line with its 2023-2027 strategy and beyond, as well as the European Commission's ambitions to share responsibility in ocean observation across Europe.

A German AMRIT Coordination Group has been set up under the umbrella of KDM, consisting of the steering groups of the two strategy groups Coastal Observation Systems and Ocean Observations. The funds raised will benefit the work of these two strategy groups.