Our Mission

To facilitate readily accessible research infrastructure data to advance our understanding of Earth systems through an international community-driven effort by:

  • bringing together both user communities and top-down directives to address evolving societal and scientific needs.
  • removing technical, scientific, cultural and geopolitical barriers for data use. 
  • coordinating the flow, integrity and preservation of information. 

Data interoperability enhances the value of scientific efforts and investment

Interoperable data sets are needed to forecast future conditions for basic understanding, planning, policy, and societal benefit. The rapid pace and global scale of environmental changes underscore the value of accessible, long-term data sets. Natural, managed, and socioeconomic systems are subject to complex, interacting stresses that play out over extended time periods and geographical spaces.  Data interoperability enhances the value of current scientific efforts and investment.  We live in an era of large-scale, interdisciplinary science fueled by large data sets. Currently, there is no accepted approach to make large datasets interoperable.

The COOPEUS project establishes collaborations between international environmental Research Infrastructures (RIs) in Europe and the United States to promote information and infrastructure interoperability across research domains.

Please contact the COOPEUS Project Coordinator for more information.

COOPEUS is working to foster community engagement and sustainability of its mission by:

  • Understanding the current state of interoperability through gap analysis (workshops, questionnaires, interviews)
  • ​Establishing communication structures to facilitate knowledge transfer (tri-annual meetings, regular steering committee virtual meetings, websites, collaborative work spaces, webcasts)
  • Workshops to enhance community building and interoperability through diverse shareholder participation in problem-solving
  • Developing community best practices for research infrastructure information and interoperability
  • Developing data policies to guide RIs

10 Research Infrastructure Partners Across 5 Environmental Science Domains

Environmental Research Infrastructure Domain

US Partner

EU Partner

Ocean Observing
Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory (EMSO)
Carbon Observing
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS)
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) & Data Observation Network for Earth (DataOne) LifeWatch
Geodesy / Seismology
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) & University NAVSTAR Consortium (UNAVCO) European Plate Observing System(EPOS)
Space Weather
Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar (AMISR) & Stanford Research Institute (SRI) European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Associations(EISCAT)

Learn more about COOPEUS partners.

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