8th EGO/UG2 Workshop


Meeting Overview

The European(EGO) and US(UG2) Autonomous Underwater Glider User Groups are coming together to host the 8th EGO Meeting and International Glider Workshop.

Meeting Outcome

Strengthen international collaboration through community dialogue, exchanges of information, sharing of experiences, and development of best practices to support the glider community.


This international meeting will offer a mix of presentations, panels, breakout groups, a poster session, and open community dialog. It will provide a forum in which scientists, engineers, students and industry can exchange knowledge and experiences on the development of glider technology, the application of gliders in oceanographic research and the role of gliders in ocean observing systems.


Breakout Sessions

Breakout Groups are an extremely important aspect of the 8th EGO Meeting and International Glider Workshop. These sessions create opportunities to interact with colleagues and work toward a specific outcome or goal such as developing best practices for data management, international collaboration, or engaging in structured information exchange about OceanObs’19. Each day of the meeting you will have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated breakout group (Best Practices, Capacity Building, and Glider Coordination). Each of these Breakout Groups will have the following topical sessions:

Glider Coordination Breakouts:

  • International Cooperation: How do we effectively enable sharing and access across EEZs to collectively address science challenges?
  • Exploring Extreme Environments: How do we optimize glider missions to meet scientific objectives in demanding situations (e.g., sea ice, currents, storms, maritime traffic, etc.?)
  • Leveraging Partnerships & Collaboration: What types of partnerships have worked and should be models for advancing glider capabilities?
  • US Glider User Group: How do we empower a robust and active community of glider users in the U.S.?

Best Practices Breakouts:

  • Data Management and New Requirements: What are some near-term, practical implementation strategies towards achieving sound data management for glider activities and meeting new requirements?
  • Documenting Best Practices: How can we collect, develop, verify, and communicate best practices most effectively?
  • Reliability and Sustained Monitoring: What are the fundamental strategies for minimizing operational reliability risks for sustained glider missions?
  • New Sensors and Sampling Strategies: How can new and existing sensors be more effectively deployed on gliders?

Capacity Building Breakouts:

  • Training and Education: How do we enhance training and education opportunities for students, operators, managers, and users?
  • Asset Sharing and Funding Opportunities: How do we promote collaborative opportunities for glider missions and build the case for more funding?
  • Communication Tools: What are the best ways for sharing knowledge on gliders across the community?
  • OceanObs’19 & UN Ocean Decade: What is the strategy for the next decade of regional, national, and global ocean observing using glider technologies?

Organizing Committee

  • Barb Kirkpatrick (GCOOS)
  • Brad deYoung (Canada)
  • Craig Lee (UW)
  • Michael Crowley (MARACOOS Rutgers)
  • David Legler (OAR)
  • Dan Rudnick (SCCOS Scripps)
  • Emma Heslop (GOOS)
  • Emily Smith (OAR)
  • Scott Glenn (MARACOOS Rutgers)
  • Pierre Testor (EGO)
  • John Kerfoot (MARACOOS Rutgers)
  • Oscar Schofield (MARACOOS Rutgers)
  • Kruti Desai (COL)
  • Victor Turpin (EGO)
  • Ben LaCour (IOOS)
  • Nick Rome (COL)
  • Ruth Perry (Shell)
  • Ruth Curry
  • Kevin Martin (USM)
  • Stephan Howden (USM)
  • Emily Wallace (NOAA)
  • Andrew George (NOAA)

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