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Global Ocean Observing Infrastructure

Objective

The Euro-Argo infrastructure will be a major component of the Argo global in situ ocean observatory. The Argo network is a global array of autonomous instruments measuring temperature and salinity over the upper 2000 m of the ocean. Argo is an indispensable component of the Global Ocean Observing System required to understand and monitor the role of the ocean in the Earth’s climate system. Argo must be considered in its ensemble: not only the instruments, but also the logistics necessary for their preparation and deployments, field operations, the associated data streams and data centres. Euro-Argo will develop and progressively consolidate the European component of the global network. Specific European interest also requires a somewhat increased sampling in regional seas. Overall, the Euro-Argo infrastructure should comprise 800 floats in operation at any given time. The maintenance of such an array would require Europe to deploy about 250 floats per year. The main objective of the Euro-Argo preparatory phase will be to undertake the preparatory work needed to ensure that by 2010 Europe will be able to deploy and operate an array of 800 floats and to provide a world-level service to the research (climate) and environment monitoring (e.g. GMES) communities. The proposal will consolidate and broaden the European participation in Argo and will develop further a leading role of Europe in global ocean observations and in ocean and climate research. The main expected outcome of the proposal is an agreement between member states and other funding agencies for long term (> 10 years) operation of Euro-Argo. To reach such an agreement, it will be necessary to work on several key technical (float technology, data management and delivery system) and organizational (logistics for deployment, coordination of national contributions) issues, to consolidate and broaden the user community and to demonstrate further the impact and utility of the infrastructure for Europe.

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-CSA-Infra - Combination of CP and CSA

Coordinator

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 843 483,89
Administrative Contact
Emina Mamaca (Dr.)

Participants (14)

BUNDESAMT FUR SEESCHIFFFAHRT UND HYDROGRAPHIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 212 539,70
Address
Bernhard-nocht-strasse 78
20359 Hamburg
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hartmut Heinrich (Dr.)
KONSORTIUM DEUTSCHE MEERESFORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 329 777,50
Address
Markgrafenstrasse 37
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rolf Peinert (Dr.)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 252 100,60
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Denise Martin (Ms.)
MET OFFICE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 313 317,50
Address
Fitzroy Road
EX1 3PB Exeter
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandra Pearson (Ms.)
KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 78 523
Address
Utrechtseweg 297
3731 GA De Bilt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Annemarie Koot (Ms.)
INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 134 646,87
Address
Corazon De Maria 8
28002 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pedro Vélez Belchí (Dr.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 250 388,27
Address
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/C
34010 Sgonico-trieste
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pierre-Marie Poulain (Dr.)
MARINE INSTITUTE
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 116 398
Address
Rinville Oranmore
H91 R673 Galway
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Glenn Nolan (Dr.)
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 135 176,70
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Skarstein (Ms.)
SERVICE HYDROGRAPHIQUE ET OCEANOGRAPHIQUE DE LA MARINE
France
EU contribution
€ 73 213,18
Address
Rue Du Chatellier 13
29200 Brest
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jérôme Paillet (Dr.)
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA FP
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 54 835,36
Address
Campo Grande Edificio C1 Piso 3
1749 016 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Livia Moreira (Dr.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 63 199,55
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ioanna Georgiadou (Ms.)
INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 63 199,55
Address
Ul. Powstancow Warszawy 55
81 712 Sopot
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Waldemar Walczowski (Dr.)
SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 75 060
Address
Bul Tzar Osvoboditel 15
1504 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vassil Kalkandjiev (Dr.)