ESONIM will identify the best technical solution, provide the economic justification and suggest the appropriate legal structures to establish a seafloor observatory that conforms to the model defined by ESONET. ESONET established the basis for a marine co mponent of GMES consisting of a network of long term, seafloor, multidisciplinary observatories at key locations on the European margin providing continuous vigilance in relation to geophysical, biogeochemical, oceanographic and biological phenomena. ESONI M provides convincing reasons and the methodology required for national governments to implement seafloor observatories offshore Europe. ESONIM will select an ESONET site as a model to demonstrate a transferable methodology to implement any of the ten sele cted ESONET sites. The observatory architecture proposed by ESONET will be tested by an engineering design team who will select the best technical implementation solution for the CELTNET site. Using data provided by the engineering design team a business d evelopment team of financial and legal consultants will calculate the capital cost of installation, the running costs, the potential revenues, sources of funding and the cost of financing. Legal consultants will address insurance and indemnity issues, prop ose model contracts and suggest partnership agreements. Public private partnerships will be considered. The business development team will present a business model with a projected ten year cash flow forecast for the CELTNET site. The deliverables from ESO NIM will be used by ESONET partners to petition their respective governments for support to establish seafloor observatories. ESONIM will promote and facilitate the take up of the results of ESONET and will contribute to the implementation of observing and forecasting systems to make long-term systematic observations of marine parameters necessary for global change research and management strategies.
Field of science
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Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action