The scientific workplan consists of several activities that focus on
- The selection of marine biodiversity sites to be included in the network of marine observatories (Working Group on Observatory Sites – WGOS).
- The selection of suitable, cost effective, and fit for purpose (science, management/policy making) indicators that can be implemented in the existing monitoring activities at the observatory sites (Working Group on Biodiversity Indicators – WGBI).
- Optimization and standardization of monitoring tools/approaches for these indicators at the observatory sites (combination of 1 and 2 tested through pilots – Working Group on Pilot Studies – WGPS).
- Implementation of the EMBOS marine observatories network and an integrated monitoring strategy for marine biodiversity at several spatial scales that will facilitate indication of changes in biodiversity patterns in place and time.