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We are the Helmholtz Innovation Platform SOOP, which stands for “Shaping an Ocean Of Possibilities”.
The three Helmholtz Centers GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the Helmholtz Center Hereon are working together at eye level with society and industry to develop sustainable ocean observation structures globally in the growing market of the New Blue Economy.

The aim is to create a sea of opportunities and develop an ocean observation market characterized by innovation.

We specifically address the awareness of climate protection through oceanographic and climate-relevant data and the interest in cooperation between science, society, business and politics.

We are working on reliable, cost-effective and user-friendly, standardized measurement systems, services and a data platform that can be used to collect, provide and use ocean data.

Together, we are establishing an innovation-based value chain to strengthen ocean observation and contribute to closing the prevailing data gap together with non-scientific stakeholders and the maritime industry.

Ocean data is of central importance for economic development, scientific research, sustainable environmental management and awareness of the oceans in our society. It forms the basis for informed decision-making and climate modeling and also enables collaboration between different stakeholders for the benefit of climate protection.

We enable non-scientific actors to carry out ocean observations. We aim to jointly develop and standardize ocean observation equipment to reduce the cost of measurement technology and increase accessibility for all committed ocean enthusiasts and blue economy companies. An important basis in the current phase is testing on different non-scientific boats and the use of prototypes to enable the interoperability of sensors. In the long term, this will lead to high-quality and comparable data.

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