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The third programme in marine science and technology (MAST-III) of the European Union was adopted for the period 1994-98 with a budget of some 230 MECU (330 million USD), of which 30% for marine technologies and some 10% for coastal engineering. A first round of projects has been funded and started early 1996. The programme has been divided into the following sections: marine science (marine systems research, extreme marine environments, regional seas research); strategic marine research (coastal and shelf seas research, coastal engineering and natural defences); marine technology (generic technologies, advanced systems); supporting initiatives. This paper presents the basic outline of the programme, its technical contents and types of projects and possible mechanisms for international collaboration and concertation. Then selected projects (benthic lander, AUVs, etc) are outlined.

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Authors: WEYDERT M, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Oceans 96, Fort Lauderdale (US), September 23-26, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40123 ORA
Record Number: 199611273 / Last updated on: 1996-10-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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