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GRAND GOOS Regional Alliances Network Development

Objective

Large-scale operational ocean monitoring and forecasting networks, defined in the international programme Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), are needed to implement many global conventions and agreements signed by the EU and its member states, including the Convention on the Law of the Sea, International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, Convention on Biodiversity, Framework Convention on Climate Change, Programme of Action for Sustainable Development. GOOS Regional Alliances co-ordinate the efforts of states around the world to implement GOOS. They have different capacities, resources and level of activity, but all seek to establish a global sustained system of observations to predict the state of the marine environment, to fulfil their duties in international agreements and to gain practical benefits for a variety of end-users and for public good. Europe (Burgoos, Mangos) has world leadership. EC RTD projects such as MAMA, PAPA and ARENA support international co-operation for GOOS, and participate in the initial phase of the Global Monitoring of Environment and Security, the European contribution to global monitoring systems. GRAND brings together all the GOOS Regional Alliances (Grass) and is supported by the major international organisations related to GOOS (IOC, JCOMM, I-GOOS). The partnership covers all the oceans on Earth to provide a forum, led by Europe, to harmonise the diverse regional systems within GOOS, while advancing the European contribution to the global system. GRAND will facilitate the dissemination of best practice, technology transfer, development of international co-operation, establishment of observing systems in developing countries, application of results of EU projects to the broader international community active in the Grass. This will help to strengthen the role of the EU on the international stage while contributing to the integration and strengthening of the ERA.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF MALTA

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University Campus, Tal-Qroqq
Msida

Malta

Participants (14)

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

SWEDISH METEOROLOGICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

Sweden

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

MINISTRY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

Ghana

INDIAN NATIONAL CENTRE FOR OCEAN INFORMATION SERVICES

India

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION

France

V.L.LL'ICHEV PACIFIC OCEANOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

Russia

SOUTH PACIFIC APPLIED GEOSCIENCE COMMISSION

Fiji

CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY

Thailand

SERVICIO HIDROGRAFICO Y OCEANOGRAFICO DE LA ARMADA

Chile

IMPERIAL COLLEGE FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

ACROSSLIMITS LTD.

Malta

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY OF THE POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

ASTRAKHAN STATE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Russia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 505360

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 July 2006

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 529 000

  • EU contribution

    € 520 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF MALTA

Malta