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TOWARDS A JOINT EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK FOR COASTAL OBSERVATORIES

TOWARDS A JOINT EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK FOR COASTAL OBSERVATORIES

Objective

Around European coastal seas, the number of marine observing systems is quickly increasing under the pressure of both monitoring requirements and oceanographic research. Present demands for such systems include reliable, high-quality and comprehensive observations, automated platforms and sensors systems, as well as autonomy over long time periods. In-situ data collected, combined with remote sensing and models output, contribute to detect, understand and forecast the most crucial coastal processes over extensive areas within the various national and regional marine environments.

Coastal observations are an important part of the marine research puzzle of activities and applications. However significant heterogeneity exists in Europe concerning technological design of observing systems, measured parameters, practices for maintenance and quality control, as well as quality standards for sensors and data exchange. Up to now, the expansion of “coastal observatories” has been driven by domestic interests and mainly undertaken through short-term research projects. Therefore the main challenge for the research community is now to increase the coherence and the sustainability of these dispersed infrastructures by addressing their future within a shared pan-European framework.

This is the main objective of JERICO, which proposes a Pan European approach for a European coastal marine observatory network, integrating infrastructure and technologies such as moorings, drifters, ferrybox and gliders. Networking activities will lead to the definitions of best practices for design, implementation, maintenance and distribution of data of coastal observing systems, as well as the definition of a quality standard. Harmonisation and strengthening coastal observation systems within EuroGOOS regions will be sought.

Unique twin Trans National Access experiments will be carried out in order to reveal the potential of datasets used in synergy. Central coastal infrastructure in Europe will be opened for international research. This will among other benefits GMES and European contribution to climate change research.

New joint research will be conducted in order to identify new and strategic technologies to be implemented in the next generation European coastal observatories. Focus is given on emerging technologies and the biochemical compartment.

JERICO intends to contribute to the international and global effort on climate change research (GEOSS), to provide coastal data inputs for operational ocean observing and forecasting, and also to answer to some of the needs of the environmental research and societal communities.

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

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 073 118,19

Administrative Contact

Patrick Farcy (Mr.)

Participants (26)

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SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 278 362,61

INSTYTUT BUDOWNICTWA WODNEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 41 462

DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 94 523

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 503 756,53

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 155 923

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 141 436,62

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 289 800,78

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 429 754,96

UNIVERSITA TA MALTA

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 62 957,73

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 538 262,76

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 494 450,01

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 26 525

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 394 221,30

INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 187 790,13

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 187 608,25

SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 191 122,95

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 258 577,49

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 26 055

MARINE INSTITUTE

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 171 691

BLUE LOBSTER IT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 148 201,99

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 58 134

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 443 750,05

INSTITUTO HIDROGRAFICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 39 552

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 18 805,25

Puertos del Estado

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 117 175,40

FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 126 982

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 262584

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2011

  • End date

    30 April 2015

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 877 321,78

  • EU contribution

    € 6 500 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France