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COOP_PLUS Report Summary

Project ID: 654131
Funded under: H2020-EU.


Reporting period: 2016-03-01 to 2017-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

"Humanity is facing enormous environmental challenges: biodiversity decline, climate change, ocean acidification, sea level rise, overpopulation, etc. One of the first and more successful responses provided by science to address these challenges is the collecting of long-term series of biophysical variables. During the last four decades we have created a diverse ecosystem of environmental research infrastructures (RIs) covering a wide range of spatial and thematic scales. The information gathered by RIs has helped us to understand the structure and functioning of natural systems at local and regional scales. However, this is not enough to address the overwhelming challenge that we face: to understand and simulate the structure and functioning of the Earth System under a global change scenario.

We need to add new “superpowers” to the already existing RIs in order to address the abovementioned global challenges. These new capabilities are related to social abilities such as: empathy, cooperation and synergy. It is not only about strengthening the technical functioning of the already existing RIs, we need to make them work together. Environmental international RIs should be open and available to others, affirming to others, should not feel threatened that others are able and good.

The COOP+ project (H2020 Scientific Cooperation Action) will follow up the actions started by COOPEUS (FP7) to foster the cooperation among environmental RIs. The general goal of COOP+ is to strengthen the links and coordination of the ESFRI RIs related to Marine Science (EMSO), Arctic and Atmospheric Research (EISCAT), Carbon Observation (ICOS) and Biodiversity (LifeWatch), with international counterparts and to leverage international scientific cooperation and data exchange with non-EU countries. During the time span of COOP+ (March 2016 to July 2018) we will do our best to implement the abovementioned philosophy in the cooperation agenda of environment RIs.

But cooperation could remain as an empty concept useful only in presentations and meetings. We must fill the concept with real life problems. COOP+ activities will focus on environmental Global Challenges: polyhedral and sometimes wicked problems that threaten the sustainability of our modern societies from a social and environmental perspective. COOP+ is using the concept of Global Challenges as ""cooperation threads"", incorporating the lessons learned in COOPEUS. This will reinforce the cross-disciplinary view, adding participants from other regions and complementary disciplines. We will promote an open coordination framework for Global Cooperation, based on scientific excellence and win-win collaborations opportunities with third parties (with an initial participation of USA, Canada, Australia and South America).


Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"Screening and selection of several global challenges to be described by the consortium and the rest of international RIs. Creation of a template to describe those challenges in a harmonized way.

Setting up the process to publish a special issue in an Earth science journal (ERL) aiming to put in the scientific arena the discussion on how international RIs can help to address global environmental challenges.

To set up an Open Multi-lateral cooperation board for RIs in the environmental field. We have configured the COOP open board that currently has 11 members from 4 continents. We have celebrated several videomeetings.

The first face to face meeting will take place in New Orleans next Dec 14th during the AGU fall meeting. We have prepared this meeting through several videomeetings co-organised with the US COOPEUS colleagues.

Drafting the term of reference that would guide the functioning of the open board. This document was circulated among the potential members of the board.

We have drafted the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (COOP+SRIA) that will be discussed in the above mentioned AGU meeting.

We have organised a workshop to discuss on the role of international RIs addressing marine challenges to be held in INVEMAR (Colombia) (9-11 November 2017).

We are also preparing a join workshop with NEON in US to discuss how international RIs could contribute to address sustainable coastal management. This meeting will take place in May 2018.

COOP+ consortium has carried out a first survey on the access opportunities for EU scientists. This mapping exercise will be further implemented in D2.4.

We have created the software infrastructure needed to create a valued map of stakeholders for RIs at a global level. This map will be implemented in a VIVO platform during the first months of 2018. This activity has been described in D3.1.

D3.2 described the dissemination plan created by COOP+ to influence the discussion on RIs and their role in addressing global environmental challenges.

COOP+ organised a technology-based workshop to reach SMEs. This workshop was celebrated in Italy in October 2016.

Several workshops have been organised in EGU and AGU 2017 dealing with the following items: cross-Atlantic RI collaboration, international data RI and data management, lessons learned from cooperation between AmeriFlux and EuroFlux, etc.

COOP+ partners have participated in a ""data summit"" celebrated in USA hosted by LICOR dealing with covariance fluxes measurements."

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

"Since COOP+ project is exploring ""uncharted territory"" with regards to the cooperation of RIs in the international arena, most of the expected results as well as their progress could be considered beyond of the state of the art. Nevertheless, we have summarized below those expected results that could be considered as outstanding:
- Establishment of an international board of environmental RIs. COOP+ is investing a great amount of energy in configuring this board. This work will hopefully pave the way to the establishment of a permanent board where representatives of international RIs could discuss on several topics: data interoperability, community building, linkages with global challenges, funding, collocation of infrastructures, etc. The open board is composed so far by RIs working in Europe, USA, South Africa and Australia. During the timelapse of COOP+ we will celebrate two face to face meetings as well as several videomeetings. The socio-economic impact of this board will be high because it will promote the creation of sinergies among RIs and their respective scientific communities. This will help us to face up the global environmental challenges that threatens the functioning of our society.
- Publication of a special issue in a high impact Earth science journal containing several case studies of cooperation among RI in the environmental field. This special issue will be published in ERL journal and will also include the description of several global challenges under the point of view of RI. This information can be considered as a gap analysis that will identify strenghts and weakness of the current fleet of RI in order to address global challenges. The socio-economic impact of this result will be restricted to the scientific communities. Taking into account that ERL is a high impact journal, we will achieve a good positioning in the scientific arena. The message delivered by the published manuscript will be available to many scientists. This will provoke a very positive impact in the RIs because their associated scientific community will be wider."

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