Progress

In its first year a few new country members were joining EMBOS, Russia, Cyprus, as well as new members from Slovenia and Turkey.

The total of individual participants in the Management Committee of EMBOS at the end of May 2012 is 40 persons. Two of these are researchers who stem from outside the COST countries (Russia), because of the importance of strongholds for proper observatory sites in the north-east of Europe (specifically in the White Sea).

The first activities and workshop have shown that, although the overall European coverage of the proposed sites that respond positively is not bad, there are still a few geographic gaps as for example Norway, Arctic, and the Baltic. For this 7 young STSM (short term scientific mission) researchers were involved in EMBOS. Their task has been to fill in the gaps in geographical coverage across Europe, by sending questionnaires to research stations to make an inventory of the research sites present, in this way extending the geographical coverage of EMBOS.

The main successes are in the increased networking among related fields of marine biodiversity research. Since EMBOS was only in its first year, the results of the preparatory tasks and first actions in setting standards and protocols will become visible in the later years. The first publication on marine observatory sites is to be expected in 2013.