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Integration and enhancement of key existing European deep-ocean observatories

Integration and enhancement of key existing European deep-ocean observatories

Objective

At present there are a number of fixed point observatories that autonomously measure biological, chemical and physical variables in the oceans around Europe. These operate at various levels of sophistication but in a largely uncoordinated and fragmented manner. There is no agreed set of basic variables and common data protocols are not followed. EuroSITES has two main objectives: 1: To enhance the existing deep ocean observatories thus forming a coherent European network. This will then provide a clear and relevant description of the time varying properties of the ocean system. 2: To perform a small number of specific science missions that will, in the future, form the basis for greatly improved and novel monitoring capability. The work we propose addresses directly and explicitly the vision of GEOSS. We will address this in the context of the time changing properties of the ocean interior, seafloor and sub seafloor around Europe. EuroSITES will promote links with other international observation networks such as the network envisioned under the U.S. National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). Long-term time-series data offer some of the most important insights into the ways our oceans are changing. Crucially important processes occur on time scales that can not be observed by ships and in the deep parts of the ocean that are outside the reach of satellites. Sustained in situ observations are therefore required to provide high quality data on climatically and ecologically relevant variables at a few key locations. EuroSITES is the means to achieve this.
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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

€ 935 702,50

Administrative Contact

Julie Pringle-Stewart (Ms.)

Participants (12)

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UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 332 594

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 253 905

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 260 750

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 229 885

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN AN DER UNIVERSITAET KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 186 720

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 215 777,11

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 353 516,83

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 196 500

BREST'AIM SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 64 200

INSTITUTO CANARIO DE CIENCIAS MARINAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 180 000

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DAS PESCAS

Cape Verde

EU Contribution

€ 233 052

UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 39 999

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 202955

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2008

  • End date

    31 March 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 753 779,70

  • EU contribution

    € 3 482 601,44

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

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