In the framework of the EuroSea project, Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI), Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Napoli (SZN), and EMBRC are organising a public consultation on 'European Regional Genomic Observatories: operationalizing omics & eDNA in regional ocean observation' which will be a virtual event held on 16th and 17th of November 2020.
Ocean health is inextricably linked to the integrity of its constituent ecosystems, and their potential to provide trillions of Euros in services to humankind. Recent advances in molecular methods such as genomic, transcriptomic, and related “omic” approaches show great promise in reporting on the state of, and change in, the omnipresent microbial foundations of marine ecosystems, which are intimately tied to ocean biogeochemistry. Marine omic observation has already detected responses to both anthropogenic and natural stressors and emerging networks of long-term, omically enabled observatories are beginning to realize the full potential of omic observation by global coordination of best practices, FAIR data products, and calibration actions with existing ocean observing infrastructures.
The aim of this consultation event is to solicit international feedback on marine omics observatories, their networks and to shape international standards to the needs of marine omics observatories.