Mercator Ocean, entrusted by the European Commission to implement and operate the Copernicus Marine Service has been working for more than one year to issue this reference report.
Written by 80 European scientific experts from more than 25 institutions, this first Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report is a step forward into the development of regular annual reporting on the state and health of the Global Ocean and European Seas based on CMEMS capabilities.
The Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report provides an annual report of the state of the global ocean and European regional seas for ocean community, policy and decision-makers with the additional aim of increasing general public awareness about the status of, and changes in, the marine environment.
The Ocean State Report draws on expert analysis and provides a 4-D view (through reanalysis systems), from above (through remote sensing data) and directly from the interior (through in situ measurements) of the blue (hydrography, currents), white (sea ice) and green (e.g. Chlorophyll) global ocean and the European Seas.
This first issue delivers guidance on the physical ocean state and change over the period 1993–2015. Scientific integrity is assured through the process of independent peer review in collaboration with the Journal of Operational Oceanography.