Next Generation Multiplatform Ocean Observing Technologies for Research
Infrastructures

GEORGE is a Horizon Europe-funded project that develops novel
technologies to improve ocean observations. The technologies developed
will represent the next level in systematic long-term autonomous ocean
observations.

Novel technologies

Operational models for next-generation, high-precision sensors and platform technology for monitoring the ocean carbon system. Simple and energy-efficient, ready for the market. 

Integrated ocean data

Fully integrated carbon observing systems across European marine research infrastructures, enabling better data to support science and decision-making.

Online training platform

Easy-to-use online training platform, offering training for technical staff to enable them to operate seamlessly across research infrastructures.

GEORGE brings together 28 leading partners from academia and industry alike, including three research infrastructures: EMSO ERIC, Euro-Argo ERIC and ICOS ERIC. Together these three ERICs cover the whole expanse of European marine waters.

For scientists

The new sensor and platform technologies developed by GEORGE can dramatically enhance the coverage, continuity and spatiotemporal resolution of marine observations. The new sensors are able to reach parts of the ocean that are currently inaccessible, such as polar areas, the deep sea and areas outside of commercial shipping routes. GEORGE will also enable scientists and research technicians to test the new instruments and take part in online training.

For industry

GEORGE is a powerful collaboration of academic and industry partners. The project’s expert team develops sensor technology that can be integrated into floats, moorings and ships and used for high-precision, accurate measurements of ocean carbon systems. The goal is to develop five new sensors past the technology readiness level to be commercially produced.

For policy makers

GEORGE aims to provide policymakers with high-quality and reliable scientific data on the ocean’s condition. This data will help them make quick and informed decisions on how to adapt to climate change and reduce its impacts. The project will also enhance the competitiveness of European industries that produce and supply ocean observation equipment and technology.

News

  • Charting New Waters – How New Technologies are Drastically Improving Autonomous Ocean Observations

    Measuring carbon in the ocean, the largest ecosystem on Earth, is no easy job. Most of the measurements today are made using ship-based observations, but ship-based or fixed-location observations on moorings are never going to provide enough information from all parts of the ocean, with high enough resolution and frequency. Enter: autonomous ocean observations. One…

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  • The first GEORGE Technical Forum organised this week in Villefranche-sur-Mer

    The first training event of the GEORGE project will be organised in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France on 21-25 May 2024. The event brings together scientists, technicians and instrument manufacturers in a unique learning event and an active dialogue about ocean observing technologies. An online training platform will make this information known to a wider audience. Training the…

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  • GEORGE at EGU24

    GEORGE will be presented at EGU24 on Monday 15 April, from 8:30-12:30 in Hall X4 as part of the poster session “OS4.9 – The Copernicus Marine Service and the future European Digital Twin of the Ocean.” The author attendance is on Monday 15 April between 10:45-12:30.  Click here to view the poster in detail GEORGE partners at EGU24…

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  • Ocean scientists call for increased efforts towards a global surface ocean carbon observing system

    Late last year, over a hundred ocean carbon scientists, including several GEORGE partners, from around the world met at Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Oostende, Belgium, to review the status of the Surface Ocean Carbon Value Chain and decide on specific improvements to the structure, process and information sharing. Now they have released a declaration…

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