23 February 2024

FMI’s glider team together with glider operators in the Baltic Sea arranges a virtual workshop on 29th Feb 2023 at 09-12 CET. The workshop has three themes and a discussion about the continuation. Themes are 1) Gap analysis, 2) laws and permits and 3) data flow, processing, and distribution. A longer discussion on these topics and path forward can be discussed at the end of each of these themes.


This workshop may give some insight on what to expect from glider operations and glider data to researchers. Gives indications on how to target resource usage as effectively as possible and, most importantly, enhance co-operation and communication in order to maximise the value of measurement efforts.

Thus the main focus is in the Baltic Sea, similar questions may arise in the Black Sea area.

We hope you will find this workshop interesting and discussions fruitful.



Time: max. 3h virtual meeting on 29th Feb 2024 @09:00-12:00 CET via Zoom

link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82627442873

Target: A virtual workshop on planning and running glider operations in the Baltic Sea and delivering measured data. Researchers from the Black Sea are also welcome to attend.

Outcomes – Identified key strengths and challenges in the Baltic Sea in each theme and discuss about the path forward.


1) Gap analysis: a) Why, where, and how to run missions, what to measure

Presenters: Jun She, DMI, BOOS, on gaps in monitoring the Baltic Sea Laura Tuomi, FMI, on modelers point of view Abed El Rahman Hassoun, GEOMAR, on the identified gaps within the European Ocean Observing and Forecasting System, specific gaps pertinent to the Baltic and Black Seas

keywords: gaps, complementary, fit-for-purpose information, value chain, up-scaling, framework, models, data assimilation, stakeholders, semi-closed seas, parameters, processes

2) Legal issues: how to make missions possible and safeguard them 

Presenters: Laura Tuomi, FMI, on IOC, Argo Lucas Merckelbach, HEREON, on Experiences in the North and Baltic Seas with German authorities + experiences of the operators in the Baltic Sea area

keywords: co-operation, territorial waters, EEZ, cross-border, permit process, authorities, traffic, position forecasting

3) Dataflow

Presenters: Dan Hayes; CSCS Patrick Gorringe, SMHI Callum Rollo, VOTO

keywords: data formats, metadata, quality codes, vocabularies, data services, data exchange, data analysis, shared code, EMODNet, SeaDataNet, GROOM-RI, OceanGliders

4) Next steps: start work on a) GAP analysis b) Best Practices for permit applications c) Common procedures to quality check and disseminate data d) Make use of data