EMSO ERIC has a strong international dimension by statute, which explicates at different levels. It is part of EU programs, such as JCOMMOPS (Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology – Ocean Observing System) and Copernicus (Marine environment monitoring service), or international programmes, like GOOS (The Global Ocean Observing System) and ARGO (Array for Real-time Geostrophic Oceanography). EMSO collaboration strategy acts on four major areas.


1. Cross collaboration and cooperation with other European research infrastructures
EMSO ERIC is related to other three European RI in the environmental sciences area, with which it shares some goals: LIFEWATCH (The e-Science European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research); Euro-Argo (a European infrastructure examining the role of oceans in the global climate system); ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System)


2. Participation in EU Project and other EU initiatives
EMSO ERIC directly participates in EU Project and initiatives. See Project page for a list and description of ongoing and closed projects.


3. Contacts and exchanges with sister research infrastructure initiatives
ONC – Ocean Networks Canada (
OOI – Ocean Observatories Initiative United States (
DONET – Dense Ocean floor Network for Earthquakes & Tsunamis Japan (
ECSSOS – East China Sea Seafloor Observation System China
MACHO – MArine Cable Hosted Observatory Taiwan
IMOS – Integrated Marine Observing System Australia (


4. Cooperation and co-investment with industries
Sensor manufacturer and observatory industries can benefit from EMSO collaboration, but also other industry sectors: oil and gas industry, deep-sea mining, fisheries and renewables.