SOCIB actively participates in the Copernicus Marine Service General Assembly

From January 26 to 28, 2021, the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB) is participating in the virtual General Assembly of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS)—a service that provides free and open marine data and services to enable marine policy implementation, support Blue growth and scientific innovation—. This event is held by Mercator Ocean International with the objective to foster dialogue among CMEMS stakeholders, data producers, and users. It serves as a chance to increase cooperation, discussion, and feed the plans for developing the service in the future following the roadmap towards a blue-green-white ocean, to which SOCIB contributes.

As part of the agenda, on January 27th, SOCIB will take part in the session “2015-2021: Six years of User Uptake and Engagement” (14:00-16:00) presenting IBISAR, as project coordinator. IBISAR is a coastal downstream service that provides a user-friendly ocean data quality assessment with easy-interpretable metrics to guide users to select the most accurate ocean forecast in the IBI (Iberia-Biscay-Ireland) region and facilitate decision-making. Furthermore, during the three-day event, SOCIB team will be showcasing successful initiatives where we are involved through the virtual platform halls: Service Evolution and H2020 projects, User Uptake, and Data producers. These initiatives include IBISAR, and also INCREASE and MEDSUB, in which SOCIB acts as a collaborator. In addition, SOCIB will be also providing user support (Q/A) regarding the IN SITU Thematic Assembly Center (INS TAC) products, in which acts as a partner. In each virtual booth, there will be a direct communication channel enabled for participants to post questions to our experts.

This meeting will also be an opportunity for all Copernicus Marine Service partners and teams, including Monitoring and Forecasting Centers as SOCIB, to work collaboratively to respond to Ocean challenges in Copernicus 2021-2027, establishing a promising plan. In this regard, SOCIB will continue to lend its support to Copernicus Marine Service building on its significant contributions to date, while reinforcing contacts with all the partners and teams.