Be the European Research Infrastructure harnessing the advantages of Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) to provide high-quality ocean observation data and services for the benefit of society, enabling scientific excellence and moving towards net-zero activities.

This European Research Infrastructure integrates national infrastructures for Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) to provide access to platforms and services to the broadest range of scientific and industrial users, as well as other ocean observing RIs. It maintains a unique centralized provision of cyber-infrastructure, data and knowledge for the optimized use of MAS to study climate and marine environments, and to support operational services and the blue economy.

GROOM RI, the central hub for European Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) through the following objectives:

  • Acting as a common voice in connection with global efforts (GOOS, EOOS, ENVRI community, etc…),
  • Co-designing common strategy, setting priorities, etc…,
  • Mapping user requirements, creating external partnerships, and strengthening cooperation.

 tailored to needs of:

  • Research Performing Organisations and Higher Education Institutions,
  • observing platform operators in the coastal and offshore ocean supporting national and European RIs, in particular the ESFRI landmarks Euro-Argo, EMSO, EMBRC, ICOS-OTC and JERICO RI
  • Ocean operational agencies, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and the other operational agencies involved in marine environmental management, producing or requiring in-situ observations to improve operational models and services – this includes the European level with Copernicus Marine and Copernicus Climate,,
  • Other observing platform operators in the coastal and offshore ocean (Euro-Argo, EMSO, EMBRC, JERICO),
  • enterprises in the blue economy who need support for MAS in particular for innovation in the related technologies and services.
  • Integrating, facilitating and harmonizing MAS activities within Europe,
  • Developing a coherent organization with exchange of world-class services between the infrastructure nodes,
  • Developing shared / common IT infrastructure and data management system,
  • Assessing legal aspects of operations and infrastructure use,
  • Progressing toward net-zero operations.
  • Monitoring the emerging requirements, acting as a catalyst in lobbying for the development and integration of new sensors and data value chain,
  • Developing EU standards for mission planning and piloting, as well as for the preparation, maintenance, deployment and recovery of the MAS,
  • Supporting training & capacity building and mechanisms for joint glider operations in the European glider community.


  • Developing shared best practices and training for MAS operations, data collection, processing and dissemination,
  • Developing EU standards for sustainable data management systems,
  • Enabling a centrally managed dialog between data providers and data management systems to enable FAIR Data.