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Current Projects


Project Acronym: MyCOAST 

Project Title: Coordinated Atlantic coastal operational oceanographic observatory
Funding Programme: Interreg Atlantic Area
Total Budget: €2.99m
Duration: November 2017 – July 2020
No. of Partners: 22 Partners (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: €3.24m
Duration: September 2017 – August 2020
No. of Partners: 18 Partners (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: €3.63m
Duration: November 2017 – November 2021
No. of Partners: 20 Partners (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: €4.6m
Duration: September 2017 – August 2020
No. of Partners: 11 partners from 7 countries (Ireland, France, Germany, Norway, Romania, Spain and Sweden) Coordinator: Marine Institute

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: MaRITeC-X

Project Title: Marine and Maritime Research Innovation and Technology Centre of Excellence
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €399,691.25
Duration: September 2017 – August 2018
No. of Partners: 8 partners from 3 countries (Cyprus, Ireland & UK) Coordinator: Municipality of Larnaca (MLCA)

Project Aim
The project is related to the topic WIDESPREAD-04-2017 - Teaming Phase 1 with the main objective to create an Innovation & Research Strategy and Business Plan to establish a Centre of Excellence for the marine and maritime sector for Cyprus. The Centre of Excellence will establish Cyprus as an Eastern Mediterranean centre for Research, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Blue Growth, enhance its competitiveness, create a critical mass of infrastructure and human capital, and will be aligned with the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Cyprus and European priorities.

The Marine Institute, SmartBay Ireland Ltd and the Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute in the University of Southampton, with recognised international reputations in research and innovation excellence, will contribute by transferring knowledge and assisting in the development of the long term strategy and business plan.


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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: €4.3m
Duration: March 2017 – February 2020
No. of Partners: 9 partners (Italy, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, and Romania) Coordinator: 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: €7.7m
Duration: January 2017 – March 2022
No. of Partners: 5 partners (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.


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Project Acronym: COOP+

Project Title: Cooperation of Research Infrastructures to address global challenges in the environment field
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €1.9 m
Duration: March 2016 to August 2018
No. of Partners: 9 Partners (Spain, Italy, Finland, Germany, Ireland and France).  Coordinator: University of Granada, Spain

Project Aim
Building on the experience of COOPEUS (FP7), COOP+ will strengthen links and promote cooperation between European Research Infrastructures and their international counter-parts focusing on 3 topics – Arctic research, marine science and biodiversity. Work packages will focus on the identification of global challenges, global cooperation and coordination, global integrated platforms and promotion of best practice and efficient knowledge transfer.



Project Acronym: TAPAS

Project Title: Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €6.9m
Duration: March 2016 – February 2020
No. of Partners: 15 partners (Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Norway). Coordinator: University of Stirling's Institute of Aquaculture

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 m
Duration: September 2015 – August 2018
No. of Partners: 11 partners and 9 third parties (Italy, France, Greece, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Portugal and Romania). Coordinator: Istituto Nazionale Di Geofisica E Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy

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: €20.65m
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 

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: JericoNEXT

Project Title: Joint European Research Infrastructure Network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European Expertise for Coastal Observatories.
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €9.99 m
Duration: September 2015 – August 2019
No. of Partners: 33 expert partners from 15 countries. Coordinator: IFREMER, French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, 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. 

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Project Acronym: ProAtlantic

Project Title: ProAtlantic - EMODnet Atlantic Check Point
Funding Programme: Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME)
Total Budget: € 1.59m
Duration: August 2015 – July 2018 
No. of Partners: 9 (France, Spain, United Kingdom, Portugal, Ireland). Coordinator: Ifremer

Project Aim
The EMODNET Atlantic checkpoint is a basin scale monitoring system assessment activity, based upon targeted end-user applications. It is designed to be a benchmark for the assessment of data existence and availability in the marine environment. The Atlantic Checkpoint service will be delivered by the ProAtlantic project.

The project objectives are divided into 11 work packages or challenges, with the Marine Institute taking the lead, supported by Ifremer and CEFAS on Work Package 7 - Fishery Impacts. The objective is to produce 3 gridded map layers showing the extent of fisheries impact on the sea floor by mobile contacting fishing gears. 

Further information on the above projects is available from the Oceanographic Services team.