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Fixed Point Open Ocean Observatories Network

Fixed Point Open Ocean Observatories Network

Objective

The Fixed point Open Ocean Observatory network (FixO3) seeks to integrate European open ocean fixed point observatories and to improve access to these key installations for the broader community. These will provide multidisciplinary observations in all parts of the oceans from the air-sea interface to the deep seafloor. Coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre, UK, FixO3 will build on the significant advances achieved through the FP7 programmes EuroSITES, ESONET and CARBOOCEAN. With a budget of 7.00 Million Euros over 4 years (starting September 2013) the proposal has 29 partners drawn from academia, research institutions and SME’s. In addition 14 international experts from a wide range of disciplines comprise an Advisory Board.
The programme will be achieved through:
1. Coordination activities to integrate and harmonise the current procedures and processes. Strong links will be fostered with the wider community across academia, industry, policy and the general public through outreach, knowledge exchange and training.
2. Support actions to offer a) access to observatory infrastructures to those who do not have such access, and b) free and open data services and products.
3. Joint research activities to innovate and enhance the current capability for multidisciplinary in situ ocean observation.
Open ocean observation is currently a high priority for European marine and maritime activities. FixO3 will provide important data on environmental products and services to address the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and in support of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy. The FixO3 network will provide free and open access to in situ fixed point data of the highest quality. It will provide a strong integrated framework of open ocean facilities in the Atlantic from the Arctic to the Antarctic and throughout the Mediterranean, enabling an integrated, regional and multidisciplinary approach to understand natural and anthropogenic change in the ocean.
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Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

Address

Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Sn2 1eu Swindon Wiltshire

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 947 952,35

Administrative Contact

Emma Hawkins (Ms.)

Participants (28)

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ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 286 378,50

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 508 202,20

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 227 400

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 518 913,80

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 167 900

CONSORCIO PARA EL DISENO, CONSTRUCCION, EQUIPAMIENTO Y EXPLOTACION DE LA PLATAFORMA OCEANICA DE CANARIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 613 268,73

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 571 173,99

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 88 500

SLR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING(IRELAND)LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 160 196,12

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 630 456,09

BLUE LOBSTER IT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 278 811,62

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 464 075,26

MARINE INSTITUTE

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 138 059,93

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 99 200

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 267 001,34

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 49 862

UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 57 200

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 22 200

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 127 390,71

NKE INSTRUMENTATION SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 70 512

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DAS PESCAS

Cape Verde

EU Contribution

€ 81 671,23

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 160 807,38

TEXCEL TECHNOLOGY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 14 040

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 84 900,27

52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 35 096

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 146 335,20

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 88 885,97

IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 93 609,31

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 312463

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    31 August 2017

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 607 911,79

  • EU contribution

    € 7 000 000

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom