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European Seas Observatory NETwork

Objective

The aim of ESONET is to create an organisation capable of implementing, operating and maintaining a network of ocean observatories in deep waters around Europe from the Arctic Ocean to the Black Sea connected to shore with data and power links via fibre optic cables. The fundamental scientific objective is to make continuous real-time observations of environmental variables over decadal, annual, seasonal, diel and tidal time scales.

Constant vigilance will allow resolution of quasi-instantaneous hazardous events such as slides, earthquakes, tsunamis and benthic storms. ESONET will form a sub sea segment of the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) with sensors extending from the sub sea floor, through the water column to sub-surface sensors providing calibration of satellite borne sensors. ESONET brings together leading oceanographic and geosciences institutes in Europe together with universities, industry and regional agencies.

It will provide integration across disciplines from geosciences, through physical, chemical and biological oceanography to technologies of instrumentation, cables, data processing and archiving. Jointly executed research will demonstrate functioning observatories at several cabled and non-cabled sites around Europe. Existing deep-sea cables installed for neutrino telescopes will be utilised in the Mediterranean sea and shallower tests sites will be established elsewhere.

Principles of sensor management, calibration, metadata and data quality will be establish ed with real-time dissemination and generation of hazard warning. ESONET will run a training and education program through courses, scholarships, exchange of personnel between participating institutes, and outreach to the general public.

Dissemination will also include a web portal, with links to the INSPIRE Geo-Portal, and with all sub sea observatory projects worldwide, enabling the widest possible access to information.

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Coordinator

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

Address

155 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Issy-Les-Moulineaux

France

Administrative Contact

Roland PERSON

Participants (43)

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INSTITUT DE PHYSIQUE DU GLOBE DE PARIS

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

SOPAB BREST

France

KONSORTIUM DEUTSCHE MEERESFORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE

Italy

TECNOMARE SPA - SOCIETA PER LO SVILUPPO DELLE TECNOLOGIE MARINE

Italy

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

MARINE INSTITUTE

Ireland

UNIVERSIDADE DOS ACORES

Portugal

UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE

Portugal

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Portugal

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE

Norway

STIFTELSEN NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT

Norway

STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR FJERNMAALING

Norway

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

BEUTH HOCHSCHULE FUR TECHNIK BERLIN-UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Germany

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

ISTANBUL TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

DOKUZ EYLUL UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

ALCATEL SUBMARINE NETWORKS SAS

France

FUGRO ENGINEERS BV

Netherlands

SLR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING (IRELAND) LIMITED

Ireland

SERCEL SA

France

NKE SA

France

GURALP SYSTEMS LIMITED

United Kingdom

ALTRAN TECHNOLOGIES

France

SIS SENSOREN INSTRUMENTE SYSTEME GMBH

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

NORDDEUTSCHE SEEKABELWERKE GMBH

Germany

TESEO SRL

Italy

SEND SIGNAL ELEKTRONIK GMBH

Germany

MEDICION AMBIENTAL SLNE

Spain

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACAO TECNOLOGICA DO ALGARVE

Portugal

SEND OFF-SHORE ELECTRONICS GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 36851

  • Start date

    1 March 2007

  • End date

    28 February 2011

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 990 579

  • EU contribution

    € 7 000 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France