Marine Institute

Current Projects


Project Acronym: EA-RISE
Project Title: Euro-Argo Research Infrastructure Sustainability and Enhancement (EA-RISE)
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €3.95 million
Start/End Date: January 2019 – December 2023
No. of Partners: 19 (France, Germany, Finland, Greece, Spain, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, United Kingdom, and Italy)
Coordinator: Euro-Argo Research Infrastructure (Euro-Argo ERIC)

Project Aim
Argo is a global in-situ observing system consisting of about 4,000 autonomous profiling floats measuring ocean temperature and salinity up to 2000 m depth, all over the globe. The Argo network delivers essential data both for climate change research and for ocean analysis and forecasting systems. The European component of the network Euro-Argo ERIC manages the European contribution to the global Argo network.

Euro-Argo RISE, coordinated by Euro-Argo ERIC, will enhance and extend the capabilities of the Argo network to provide essential ocean observations to answer new societal and scientific challenges.
Work packages will focus on improving and expanding the core Argo mission to the deep ocean, to biogeochemical parameters, and to partially ice-covered and shallower water regions, along with increasing the visibility of Euro-Argo ERIC and fostering collaborations with other Research Infrastructures.

The Marine Institute will coordinate work package 8 - Integration of Euro-Argo activities in the general context of global ocean observations. This work package will develop links and synergies with other related Research Infrastructures (RIs), with the aim of increasing efficiency as well as the long-term sustainability of ERICs in general. The Euro-Argo ERIC will collaboratively work with other RIs at pan-European level, within the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) framework and at global scale in link with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).



Project Acronym: MyCOAST
Project Title: Coordinated Atlantic coastal operational oceanographic observatory
Funding Programme: Interreg Atlantic Area
Total Budget: €2.99 million
Duration: November 2017 – July 2020
No. of Partners: 22 (Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, UK).
Coordinator: Fundación AZTI – AZTI Fundazioa (AZTI)

Project Aim

The objective of MyCOAST is to build a coordinated Atlantic Coastal Operational Observatory in the Atlantic area by enhancing cooperation in the Atlantic region with the aim to improve coastal monitoring and forecasting tools to support threat and emergency response. The contribution of MyCOAST is fully aligned with the long-term initiative to establish a sustainable European Ocean Observation System (EOOS) to foster Europe’s ocean observing capacity. 

The Marine Institute will lead Work Package 7 Development of Coastal Risk Tools.


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Project Acronym: CleanAtlantic
Project Title: Tackling marine litter in the Atlantic area
Funding Programme: Interreg Atlantic Area.
Total Budget: €3.24 million
Duration: September 2017 – August 2020
No. of Partners: 18 (France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, UK)
Coordinator: Centro Tecnológico del Mar - Fundación (CETMAR)

Project Aim
The aim of the CleanAtlantic project is to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Atlantic area by improving the capabilities to monitor, prevent and remove (macro) marine litter. It also aims to raise awareness and improve marine litter managing systems which will help manage and assist the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) implementation. 

The Marine Institute will participate in a number of work packages including the mapping and modelling of marine litter to develop sub regional or regional maps of hotspots of floating litter based on the circulation of floating masses of marine litter; collaborating with marine stakeholders to develop best practices to reduce the presence of marine litter in the Atlantic area; and raising awareness with local and regional stakeholders about the sources, impacts and solutions for marine litter. 

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme.


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Project Acronym: iFADO
Project Title: Innovation in the framework of the Atlantic deep ocean
Funding Programme: Interreg Atlantic Area
Total Budget: €3.63 million
Duration: November 2017 – November 2021
No. of Partners: 20 (France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, UK).
Coordinator: Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal.

Project Aim
The iFADO project aims to create marine services at regional and subregional scale using the EU Atlantic Waters as case study. By filling current technical gaps, iFADO would use the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) implementation to demonstrate the application of innovative products. The project will combine traditional monitoring with cost-effective, state-of-the-art technologies: remote sensing, numerical modelling and emerging observation platforms such as gliders and oceanic buoys.

The Marine Institute will coordinate Work Package 7 which covers numerical modelling.


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Project Acronym: CoCliME
Project Title: Co-development of CLimate services for adaptation to changing Marine Ecosystems
Funding Programme: ERA4CS
Total Budget: €4.6 million
Duration: September 2017 – August 2020
No. of Partners: 11 (Ireland, France, Germany, Norway, Romania, Spain and Sweden)
Coordinator: Marine Institute, Ireland

Project Aim
The CoCliME project will co-develop and co-produce bespoke, proof-of-concepts or prototype marine ecosystem climate services and a transferable framework for climate services development, to support informed decision making relevant to climate change-related ecological and socio-economic impacts across different coastal regions. To achieve these objectives the newly established CoCliME consortium brings together a transdisciplinary team of natural and social scientists, decision makers, and users of climate services that will dynamically interact to identify common and priority climate change-related vulnerabilities and solutions in six European coastal areas (Atlantic, Baltic, Black, Mediterranean, North and Norwegian Seas case studies). In these areas, CoCliME will focus on coastal ecosystem status indicators (e.g. harmful algal blooms, marine biotoxins and pathogens, marine microbial biodiversity) that can be markedly influenced by climate change and have direct impacts on human health (food-borne poisoning and water-quality related health disorders), economic prosperity (fisheries, aquaculture, tourism) and social wellbeing (recreation). From the very start a co-production and co-development approach to climate services will identify the information and knowledge needs of decision makers and users, and facilitate and accelerate local, national and European decision making concerning adaptation to climate change impacts. This marine ecosystem climate service framework will feed into mechanisms such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Marine Spatial Planning, national monitoring and reporting requirements, and climate adaptation planning to ensure the protection and sustainable use of Europe´s marine and coastal ecosystems for future generations.


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Project Acronym: EMSOLink
Project Title: Implementation of the Strategy to Ensure the EMSO ERIC’s Long-term Sustainability
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €4.3 million
Duration: March 2017 – February 2020
No. of Partners: 9 (Italy, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, and Romania)
Coordinator: Mr. Paolo Favali, EMSO ERIC, Italy.

Project Aim
EMSO-Link will underpin the long-term sustainability of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium managing the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor & Water Column Observatory (EMSO ERIC). Its main objective is to coordinate and promote the EMSO ERIC consortium and the EMSO fixed-point open ocean observatories, including physical and virtual access to observatories and data, and to establish the governance rules and procedures for EMSO ERIC. EMSO-Link will also consolidate and increase the current EMSO ERIC membership and enhance collaboration with similar marine initiatives and Research Infrastructures.

The Marine Institute is leading Work Package 5 - Business Plan & Technology Transfer. This involves the preparation of business plans to provide guidance on the sustainable funding of EMSO ERIC. 



Project Acronym: COMPASS
Project Title: Collaborative Oceanography and Monitoring for Protected Areas and SpecieS
Funding Programme: Interreg VA
Total Budget: €7.7 million
Duration: January 2017 – March 2022
No. of Partners: 5 (Ireland, Northern Ireland & Scotland)
Coordinator: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)

Project Aim
The COMPASS project will deliver the first fully coherent network of monitoring buoys across the regional seas of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and West Scotland. Integrating the longest continuously maintained oceanographic monitoring stations in Europe (e.g. Tiree mooring & Western Irish Sea) within a network of new buoys equipped with oceanographic sensors, acoustic recorders and advanced fish tracking technology, this exciting and innovative project will build the cross-border capacity for effective monitoring and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The project will develop long-term monitoring strategies for highly mobile protected species such as marine mammals and salmonids, and provide essential infrastructure for baseline oceanographic and ambient noise monitoring. The development of observational and data management capacity across the region will be complemented by the delivery of three truly regional scale environmental models designed to support the management of a cross-border MPA network. These models will link established modelling platforms between UK and Irish programmes at spatially relevant scales. In addition to delivering the COMPASS buoy network and infrastructure legacy, the project process itself will also consolidate the internationally recognised but currently disparate partner skills to build a truly inter-regional unit of expertise.




Project Acronym: TAPAS
Project Title: Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €6.9 million
Duration: March 2016 – February 2020
No. of Partners: 15 (Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Spain, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom) and one associated country (Norway). Coordinator: University of Stirling, Scotland.

Project Aim
The Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability (TAPAS) project will create cost-efficient management tools and practices for the European aquaculture sector to investigate the limits to fish farming activity in a location, social interactions, potential environmental impacts and any future risks. TAPAS will seek to establish a comprehensive 'toolbox' to support transparent and efficient licensing, enhance environment sustainability and aquatic food security while tapping into the potential for food production and jobs.

The Marine Institute’s Aquaculture team is leading Work Package 2 - Requirements Analysis and Stakeholder Integration. The Oceanographic Services Modelling team are producing environmental models for this project.


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Project Acronym: EMSO-DEV
Project Title: EMSO implementation and operation: DEVelopment of instrument module
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €4.4 million
Duration: September 2015 – August 2019
No. of Partners: 11 (Italy, France, Greece, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, and Romania)
Coordinator: Istituto Nazionale Di Geofisica E Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy – Paolo Favali

Project Aim
The general aim is to enhance the operations of the EMSO (European Multidisciplinary Seafloor & Water Column Observatory) Research Infrastructure by developing and deploying the EMSO Generic Instrument Module (EGIM). The EGIM will provide accurate, consistent, comparable, long-term measurements of ocean parameters, which are key to addressing urgent societal and scientific challenges such as climate change, ocean ecosystem exploitation and marine hazards. This will lead to an increased interoperability of EMSO nodes and to the common collection of essential ocean variables. Partners within the project will use shallow and deep water sites to test, calibrate and validate the EGIM module, using the output to standardise the data management. They will establish links with industry for technology transfer and future joint research, development and innovation activities.

The Marine Institute is leading Work Package 8 - Exploitation & Commercialisation.



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Project Acronym: AtlantOS
Project Title: Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €20.65 million
Duration: April 2015 – June 2019
No. of Partners: 62 partners from 18 countries (13 EU & 5 non-EU).
Coordinator: GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany - Prof. Martin Visbeck

Project Aim
The main objective of AtlantOS is to improve and innovate existing Atlantic observing by defining, establishing and supporting an Atlantic Ocean Observing System which will be more sustainable, more efficient, more integrated and a fit-for-purpose framework for Atlantic observation. It will strengthen the contribution to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) as the ocean component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

It will build on the aims of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation signed in 2013 by the EU, Canada and the US, launching a Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance to enhance collaboration to better understand the Atlantic Ocean and sustainably manage and use its resources.

Within the AtlantOS project the Marine Institute will contribute to the development of a strategy for Atlantic Ocean Observing (WP1), the integration of coastal and open ocean measurements (WP4), the demonstration of services in the GEO societal benefit areas (WP8), System evaluation and sustainability (WP9) and Engagement, Dissemination and Communication (WP10). The Institute is also co-Principal Investigator for WP8.

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Project Acronym: JERICO Next
Project Title: Joint European Research Infrastructure Network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European Expertise for Coastal Observatories.
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €9.99 million
Duration: January 2015 – August 2019
No. of Partners: 33 (Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom)
Coordinator: French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), France

Project Aim
JERICO Next is a follow on project from JERICO (FP7). JERICO Next aims to strengthen and expand the network of European coastal observatories. It will promote cooperation and collaboration with other European initiatives by implementing the coastal part of the European Ocean Observing System. It will support the European coastal research communities, allow free and open access to data, showcase the adequacy of observing technologies and strategies and it will propose a medium-term roadmap for coastal observatories through a permanent dialogue with stakeholders

The Marine Institute is involved in the work package on Integrated Science Strategy and Governance from Local to European Scales.