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European sea level observing system

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Acronym: ESS
Period: 1996 till 2001
Status: Completed

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  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Vlaams Ministerie van Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Agentschap voor Maritieme Dienstverlening en Kust; Afdeling Kust, more, partner

Aims and Objectives
EOSS intends to serve as an umbrella, under which various sea-level activities can be coordinated. The developments in the field of monitoring technology, as well as the requirements for research and management, urge for an integrated implementation of technology in sea-level monitoring, and for further international agreements on data storage and exchange.
The most important outcome of EOSS is expected to be an "organism" that guarantees and coordinates the long-term monitoring activities and data exchange along the entire European coastline.
The main objectives for this Action can be subdivided in aspects concerning the technology of sea-level monitoring, and aspects concerning the management and research activities that can benefit from improved monitoring capabilities.

The main technological aspects are:

  • optimization of tide gauge networks
  • implementation of geodetic fixing of all relevant tide gauge benchmarks
  • establishment of regional sea-level monitoring network

    The main management/research aspects are:

  • data production for determination of detailed spatial patterns of sea level rise
  • improvement of tidal modelling capabilities
  • data production for the better understanding of climatological contributions to sea-level rise
  • improvement of flood warning capabilities by real time exchange of tide gauge data

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