There are many types of end-users of ocean observations, including data users such as scientists, ocean synthesis and forecast systems, and seasonal and long-term climate forecasts and projections, and information service users such as civil protection authorities, regulators, industry, policy makers and recreational users. Ocean observations also feed into Conventions such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive, as well as Assessments such as those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the World Ocean Assessment, and monitoring of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
User Engagement Working group
This working group will evaluate various feedback and early-input mechanisms between data and information providers and various user communities. User groups expected to benefit from this working group include the ocean observing community, scientists and the users of ocean observation information. The activities of this working group are expected to add value by:
- Development of a framework describing users and user archetypes, use cases, data and information requirements, constraints and opportunities
- Creating pathways for engagement (early conceptual input and life-cycle feedback) between the ocean observation science community and the potential users and beneficiaries
- Compiling a growing portfolio of cases detailing the societal benefits of ocean end-to-end ocean information services
- Supporting GEO Blue Planet prototype and pilot projects and services
GEOSS User Requirement Registry – The GEOSS User Requirements Registry allows for the viewing, publishing, and analyzing of user needs in terms of Earth observations and related information.
JERICO-NEXT User Engagement Panel – The JERICO-NEXT program aims to to improve and innovate the cooperation in coastal observatories in Europe. The program’s User Engagement Panel is intended to provide a communication channel with key stakeholder groups (e.g. public authorities, policy, research, education) and operational observing communities.