Within COOPEUS the work is structured into thematic and cross- cutting groups. While the needs of the individual science communities and the integration process in regard to the transatlantic cooperation are dealt within the thematic work packages (WP2-6), cross-cutting activities aim to integrate these activities across the disciplines and communities and to develop a common scheme to explore commonalities and to develop synergies for the different domains. Two work packages have been designed for these tasks:
WP7 (Common Data Policies & Standards )
Workpackage 7 aims to set the technological and formal basis to improve interoperability and data exchange between RIs, to identify transnational and transatlantic barriers towards open access and to harmonize the data policies between RIs. COOPEUS will identify integrative, GEOSS registered, standards and provide a core selection of interoperability standards. It will provide a joint standardization and policy framework including a common, open access friendly core data policy as well as guidelines to effectively organize future processes among RIs to agree on emerging standards.
Universität Bremen (UniHB), Germany
Main tasks: MARUM will coordinate the COOPEUS project’s scientific and organizational aspects including dissemination of data and knowledge (WP1). It will lead the work package on common data policies, standards and services (WP7) and will also be strongly involved in the Research Infrastructure Framework development (WP8) and also in WP 4 on ocean observatories.
Brief description: The Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), University of Bremen, MARUM, is a central research facility at the University of Bremen offering a number of technical and scientific services in the field of ocean research and furthermore is developing innovative technology in support for scientific operations. Within the last decade MARUM became one of the leading institutions in Germany and Europe to develop and operate sophisticated equipment for marine science applications.
MARUM operates the data system PANGAEA®; (Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science, www.pangaea.de) which provides essential services like scientific project data management, long-term data archiving, data publication, and dissemination via visualisation and analysis software (freeware products) and via interoperability according to international protocols and standards. PANGAEA® holds mandates from ICSU (World Data Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences – WDC-MARE) and WMO (World Radiation Monitoring Center – WRMC).
WP8 (Common Research Infrastructure framework)
Workpackage 8 aims at developing common strategies and a joint framework for long-term EU-US cooperation on data interoperability and on interworkability of methods among environmental research infrastructures. Base on the input from the thematic WPs it will set priorities and develop joint intercommunity strategies. COOPEUS will interact with a large group of institutions, initiatives and projects (e.g. ENVRI, EUDAT, SEADATANET); and global initiatives like GEO(SS), GMES, WMO, and ICSU. Representatives of these communities will form a Strategic Cooperation Board (SCB), as basis for a sustainable framework for a future cooperation and coordination of activities.
Finnish Meteorological Institute, ILMATIETEEN LAITOS (FMI)
Main tasks: FMI will co-lead the COOPEUS project’s Work Package 8 (S.Sorvari) on common EU-US strategic planning and Research Infrastructure framework development. .
Brief description: The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is a research and service agency employing about 600 people, about 320 in research. The objective of Finnish Meteorological Institute is to produce high-quality observational data and research knowledge about the atmosphere, combining its know-how into services to benefit of mankind and environment. FMI conducts research of high standard in the fields of meteorology, climate change, air quality, space physics, remote sensing and geomagnetism. Together with high-level research, FMI carries on competitive commercial activities based on the providing of expert services both in Finland and abroad, actively participate in national and international cooperation, develop end-user services and promptly disseminates information about matters related to the atmosphere. Current projects involve monitoring of air quality and atmospheric composition (e.g., WMO/GAW, EMEP, AMAP, HELCOM/EGAP, GMES, GEOSS), research in climate change, air chemistry and aerosol physics (incl. a National and three Nordic Centres of Excellence), and assessment and modelling of airborne pollutants from local to continental scale. Recent and on going EU- and ESA -funded projects include ALARM, CARBOEUROBE, COMBINE, ENSEMBLES, EUROHYDROS, IMECC, MAP, NITROEUROPE, ACCENT, SAPPHIRE, FUMAPEX, OSCAR, PAMCHAR, GEMS, MACC, TEMIS, PROMOTE, AMFIC, EUCAARI, GEOmon, EUSAAR, VAPOMI, CAIR4HEALTH, MARQUIS, eLUP, ShipNoDEff, HENVINET, HIALINE and MEGAPOLI). FMI is participating in several environmental ESFRI Research Infrastructures, such as in ICOS (together with Univ. Helsinki preparing ICOS ERIC statutory seat in Helsinki, Finland), SIOS, EISCAT_3D and COPAL).