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17 Jan 2024 Copernicus Publications launches ROR integration for corresponding authors

Copernicus Publications started using the Research Organization Registry (ROR) database as the framework to assign institutional identifiers to corresponding authors in order to disambiguate affiliations listed on a published article and greatly enhancing the reporting capabilities to all academic stakeholders. Please read more.

17 Jan 2024 Copernicus Publications launches ROR integration for corresponding authors

Copernicus Publications started using the Research Organization Registry (ROR) database as the framework to assign institutional identifiers to corresponding authors in order to disambiguate affiliations listed on a published article and greatly enhancing the reporting capabilities to all academic stakeholders. Please read more.

27 Nov 2023 Best Practices Guide to Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement Research published in SP and launched at United Nations Climate Change Conference

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Guide to Best Practices in Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement Research. Please read the press releases of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

27 Nov 2023 Best Practices Guide to Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement Research published in SP and launched at United Nations Climate Change Conference

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Guide to Best Practices in Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement Research. Please read the press releases of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

Recently released reports

Guide to Best Practices in Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement Research

Ocean alkalinity enhancement (OAE) is a marine carbon dioxide removal (CDR) approach. Publicly funded research projects have begun, and philanthropic funding and start-ups are collectively pushing the field forward. This rapid progress in research activities has created an urgent need to learn if and how OAE can work at scale. The Best Practices Guide to OAE research contains 7 topics broken down into 13 chapters that compare and synthesise previously published methods and offer guidance for future research.

Download OAE2023

7th edition of the Copernicus Ocean State Report (OSR7)

As part of the Copernicus Marine Service, the annual Copernicus Ocean State Report (OSR) launched in 2015 is the key tool of its ocean reporting framework. The OSR reports on the state, variability, and ongoing changes in the marine environment of the global ocean and the European regional seas over the past decades up to close to real time. Using observation-based (remote sensing, in situ) and ocean reanalysis data, the OSR provides a comprehensive 4-dimensional (latitude, longitude, depth, and time) analysis of the Blue, Green, and White Ocean. The OSR is intended to act as a reference, providing a unique ocean monitoring dashboard for the scientific community and for policy makers and others with decision making responsibilities.

Download OSR7

Current reports

8th edition of the Copernicus Ocean State Report (OSR8)

As part of the Copernicus Marine Service, the annual Copernicus Ocean State Report (OSR) launched in 2015 is the key tool of its ocean reporting framework. The OSR reports on the state, variability, and ongoing changes in the marine environment of the global ocean and the European regional seas over the past decades up to close to real time. Using observation-based (remote sensing, in situ) and ocean reanalysis data, the OSR provides a comprehensive 4-dimensional (latitude, longitude, depth, and time) analysis of the Blue, Green, and White Ocean. The OSR is intended to act as a reference, providing a unique ocean monitoring dashboard for the scientific community and for policy makers and others with decision making responsibilities.

  • Preprint posting: September/October 2023
  • Accessibility of peer review: reviewers and authors only
  • Final report publication: September 2024

First Assessment Report of the European Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise

The European Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise's Assessment Report strives to synthesize the current scientific knowledge on sea level rise and its impacts across local, national, and European basin scales, to support evidence-based policy and decision making primarily targeting coastal areas. Employing an integrated and interdisciplinary approach in assessing state of the art information, the report aims to not only consolidate existing knowledge but also to identify gaps in (available) knowledge. It takes the current policy landscape and adaptation planning in Europe as reference and seeks to equip decision makers with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about protective and adaptive measures against the impacts of rising sea levels. The European Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise, a joint effort between JPI Climate and JPI Oceans with participation of 9 countries, is composed of approximately 60 scientific and non-scientific European experts with varying backgrounds.

  • Preprint posting: from October 2023
  • Accessibility of peer review: public, community comments welcome
  • Final report publication: July 2024