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Gliders for Research, Ocean Observation and Management


Project timeline
October 2011
36 months
September 2014
General Information
Underwater gliders are intelligent and affordable platforms, useful for long-term, multi parameter marine observations. Because of their remotely controlled navigational capabilities and the high spatial and temporal resolution of their measurements in real-time, gliders have been identified to fill gaps existing in the existing ocean observing systems. Along with there rapidly growing importance in purely science driven applications, the implementation of gliders into the Global Ocean Observing System has been recognized as a key point to improve the observational capabilities of the observing systems. The objective of the GROOM proposal is the design of a new European research infrastructure to use underwater gliders for the benefit of European citizens, researcher, and industry. GROOM will define the scientific, technological and organizational/legal levels, of a European glider capacity for research and sustained observations of the oceans, in line with the other European and international initiatives for marine in-situ observations. The proposal for this new infrastructure strongly relies on EuroARGO and JERICO infrastructures which are emerging and also considers the relevant international coordinating bodies such as GOOS. The proposed technological infrastructures will be based on several dedicated 'gliderports' to maintain and operate a European fleet of gliders in coordination with US, Canadian, Australian and other similar infrastructures. This new infrastructure would be beneficial for both academic oceanographic research and operational oceanography systems on which a large number of marine activities and societal applications now rely.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2011-1, INFRA-2011-2.1.1
Project TypeCollaborative project
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 284321
Co-ordinatorUniversité Pierre et Marie Curie (FR)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr Rolf Riethmüller, Institute of Coastal Research, KOK Phone: +49 4152 87 1550 Fax: +49 4152 87 1525
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Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung AWI (DE), CNRS (FR), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ES), Consorcio Para El Diseno, Construccion, Equipamiento Y Explotacion De La Plataforma Oceanica De Canarias (ES), Finnish Meteorological Institute (FI), Hellenic Center for Marine Reearch (GR), Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer IFREMER (FR), Istituto Nazionale Di Oceanografia E Di Geofisica Sperimentale Ogs (IT), Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften an der Universität Kiel IFM-GEOMAR (DE), NATO Undersea Research Centre (IT), Natural Environment Research Council (UK), Stiftelsen Nansen Senter for Fjernmaaling (NO), The Scottish Association for Marine Science SAMS (UK), Universität Trier (DE), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (FR), University of Cyprus (CY), University of East Anglia (UK)
GROOM website
Last Update: 16. April 2021