Remedy 1: Undertake short-term cross-network governance improvements

Primary gap remedy type: 
Proposed remedy description: 

Strengthen existing efforts to ensure meaningful collaboration between potentially synergistic or complementary networks. This could be achieved via several means. Improved cross-governance group representation could be implemented between networks that have similar aims / remits which may start to enforce a degree of collaboration and cross-fertilisation of best practices. A more formal approach, which may be relevant in certain cases, is a more formal network memoranda of understanding. On a more practical and working level, synergies can be realised through involvement in joint research and infrastructure activities such as EU Research Infrastructures, Horizon 2020, and Copernicus grants and service contracts or similar activities outside of Europe. Networks should be actively encouraged to participate in such funding opportunities. Funders should explicitly advertise such opportunities and consider targeted research funding opportunities that aim to build synergies between observational networks.


The remedy would lead to improved cross collaboration and understanding between networks of potential synergies and serve to improve the visibility of activities between synergistic groups. 

Measurable outcome of success: 

Demonstrable increase in collaboration between networks through joint projects, publications describing joint research outcomes, and participation in network meetings

Expected viability for the outcome of success: 
  • High
Scale of work: 
  • Programmatic multi-year, multi-institution activity
Time bound to remedy: 
  • Less than 3 years
Indicative cost estimate (investment): 
  • Low cost (< 1 million)
Indicative cost estimate (exploitation): 
  • Yes
Potential actors: 
  • EU H2020 funding
  • Copernicus funding
  • National funding agencies
  • WMO
  • ESA, EUMETSAT or other space agency