Funding Year: 2008
Funding Scheme: Capacities: Research Infrastructures
Project Duration: 30 months
Total Project Value: €4.21m
EU Grant-Aid: €3m
Grant-Aid to Ireland: €116,000
Lead Partner: IFREMER (France)
Irish Partner(s): Marine Institute
Website: Euro-Argo or link to the Marine Institute's Oceanographic Services section.
Euro-Argo is a major European component of the world-wide in situ global ocean observing system (GOOS) and, in particular, the global Argo Programme. The main objective of the Euro-Argo preparatory phase is to undertake the work needed to ensure that by 2010 Europe will be able to:
- Deploy, maintain and operate an array of 800 floats. This will require Europe to deploy 250 floats per annum worldwide.
- Provide a world-class service to the research (climate) and environment monitoring (e.g. GMES) communities.
This project will consolidate and broaden the present European participation in Argo and will develop further Europe’s role in leading global ocean observations and in ocean and climate research. By providing adequate networking and cooperation between member states, it will give an increased visibility to the large contribution made by Europe to Argo and will contribute to the development of European excellence in Argo-related research.
Download further information on the FP7 Euro Argo project (Pdf 35k).
Pdf directories on Irish participation in EU FP7 funded competitive marine research projects during the period 2007-2009 are also available to download from the EU Framework Research Programmes page on the Publications Section of the Marine Institute website.