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OPerational ECology: Ecosystem forecast products to enhance marine GMES applications

OPerational ECology: Ecosystem forecast products to enhance marine GMES applications

Objective

OPEC will undertake research and development to develop Operational Ecology to augment the capabilities of the GMES Marine Service. Using the Marine Service as a framework, OPEC will OPEC will contribute ‘to the establishment of innovative new GMES products or applications by’ establishing the infrastructure for the performance of ecology in the European Regional Seas by implementing a prototype regional ecological Marine Forecast System in 4 European Regions (NE Atlantic Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Seas, which include hydrodynamics, lower (plankton) and higher trophic (e.g. fish) and biological data assimilation. OPEC will deliver ‘new products’ in terms of rapid environmental assessments as well as hindcasts for environmental management by providing regular ‘geo-spatially referenced’ error quantified information products (ECV’s and indicators of GES) for European Coastal Seas in both lower and higher trophic levels. By assessing the potential spatial and temporal scales of predictability of seasonal forecast appropriate to both lower and higher trophic levels OPEC will also lay the foundations for the next generation of operational ecological products. In doing so OPEC will provide high quality 3D ecosystem indicators covering a range of temporal and spatial scale appropriate for different policy needs as new service aimed at supporting policy, environmental management and other downstream services by providing error quantified hindcast estimates of the state of the environment in the recent past systems. OPEC will contribute directly to policy requirements such as the MSFD, CFP, the monitoring of climate change and to the assessment of mitigation and adaptation policies. Through engagement with SME’s, OPEC will implement new water quality related data products and delivery systems for implementation in downstream services. In addition OPEC will define and deliver the S&T Roadmap and make recommendations for future data requirements for Operational Ecology.
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Coordinator

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY

Address

Prospect Place, The Hoe
Pl1 3dh Plymouth

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 378 675,60

Administrative Contact

Christopher Taysom (Mr.)

Participants (8)

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DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 330 000

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 189 999,75

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 190 641

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 200 024

PML APPLICATIONS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 140 338

BROCKMANN CONSULT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 170 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 283291

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 604 649

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 678,35

Coordinated by:

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY

United Kingdom