The Euro-Argo ERIC is involved in Theme 1 (WP1, WP2 & WP4), Theme 2 (WP5, WP7 & WP9) and Theme 6 (WP17 & WP18), in partnership with Euro-Argo members.

Theme 1: Technological Innovations

The ERIC is involved in the technical development of the ENVRIplus project. Through four tasks, the ERIC participates to one technical use case, and has an advisory role where the marine domain is not directly highlighted. In ENVRIplus, developments are made through Use Cases that are somehow demonstrations of improvement of the RIs through transverse activities. 


An exhaustive list of parameters to be measured across the four domains (Atmosphere, Solid Earth, Marine, Sea Ground) has been established. The ERIC participates to the organization of an Industrial forum during the spring 2017 in France, fostering the exchange between selected SMEs for their innovative fields and the needs of the RIs.


This task concerns a use case relative to the implementation of a pCO2 sensor on a float, with strengthen collaborations between the Euro-Argo ERIC and ICOS, FIXO3 and EGO RIs for developing prototypes measuring such parameter.


This WP deals with the exchanges between atmosphere and ocean and a use case of Chl-a from a modelling point of vue. Euro-Argo is not so much involved in such thematics and will only have an advisory role, if possible acting for the usage from Bio Argo networks data in models (Chl-a surface concentration).


Within this task, the deployment and common management of a network of observatories concerns the use case on Methane measurement from the sea floor to the atmosphere. These parameters are not sampled by the Argo network. Euro-Argo proposes to provide temperature data within the water column if useful for the Methane case calculations. Few actions are requested from Euro-Argo side on this task.

Theme 2 : Data for Science

This theme is mainly led by researchers in computer science and aims at improving RIs data to interoperability and facilitate cross-domains activities. The Euro-Argo ERIC, with the Ifremer Coriolis team, together with other marine RIs (FIX03, EMSO, Glider (EGO), SeaDataNet, Jerico-Next) is involved in 3 use cases that aim at developing concept based on the standards and conceptual models that are the basis of the IT architecture:

TEST CASE #2: Data subscription use-case

The objective of TC_2 is to provide a data subscription service to scientific users. Euro-Argo, EMSO and ICOS Research Infrastructures will push a series of data and metadata on a so-called ENVRIPLUS cloud. A data subscription service will be developed for scientific users. It will allow scientific users to provide selection criteria and will periodically receive on their personal cloud account selected data extracted from Research Infrastructures cloud.

Data provided for the cloud service are :

  • all Argo observations, daily updated
  • Copernicus in situ observations
  • A selection of EMSO observatories data 
  • ICOS-SOCAT carbon data observed from voluntary observation ships.
TEST CASE  #4: Sensor registry

The "sensor registry" aims at supporting the management of « intelligent » sensors deployed for in-situ measurements. Three sub-use cases are considered:

  • List and discover specifications of sensors and hardware on the market
  • Manage the park of sensors by owner, manage maintenance (e.g. calibrations), loan, …
  • Edit deployments, enable traceability from observation data back to the sensor and procedures used for acquisition

The use case is applicable to the management of various types of platforms, deep-sea observatories (e.g. EMSO), marine gliders, Argo floats as well as solid earth (EPOS) or atmosphere (ICOS) observations. This can also be used to track usage of specific sensor models (e.g. CO2) across the RI 's observation networks.

IMPLEMENTATION CASE #8 : Catalogue (discovery), curation (quality), provenance (traceability) 

The implementation case aims at fulfilling requirements for curation, cataloguing and provenance. The targeted usages are :

- Support operations in RI (e.g. network of observation system maintenance with sensor registry)

- Support downstream users (e.g. discover available datasets and citation)

- Support long term sustainability of the information (e.g. preserve datasets or software). 

It involves partners from the atmosphere (IAGOS), the biosphere (ANAEE), the geosphere (EPOS) and the hydrosphere (SeaDataNet, Euro-ARGO). 

The complete description of Use cases can be found at

Theme 6 : Communication and Dissemination

Theme 6 focuses on coordinating internal and external communication, supporting the community in developing and implementing the long-term ENVRI strategy and organisation of the dissemination and outreach of ENVRIplus. In addition, Theme 6 facilitates the raising of awareness and engagement of the current and potential users of ENVRIplus.

Particular attention is given to providing joint activities with users and stakeholders (such as SMEs, industry and policy makers at large) in order to capture the feedback needed from the end-users for providing novel Research Infrastructure services and solutions for the community. The activities of Theme 6 contribute to reducing the fragmentation of the environmental Research Infrastructure landscape through the enhancement of operational efficiency and provision of Research Infrastructure services for the users by seeking the optimal economies of scale and identification of suitable common guidelines and operations.

In this context, Euro-Argo participates in each of the ENVRI Communication workshops organized during the biennial ENVRI weeks.

These communication workshops aim at sharing experiences and discuss future plans about effective communication methods and practices in ENVRI community. Communication experts or representatives of each of the ENVRI Research Infrastructures are gathered around the table for constructive discussions. Research Infrastructures collaborating in ENVRIplus have for instance decided to join their forces and organize a joint booth for entire Environmental Research Infrastructure (ENVRI) Community for the 2017 European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, 23-28 April (see here).