Project Acronym: EuroSea
Project Title: Improving and Integrating European Ocean Observing and Forecasting Systems for Sustainable use of the Oceans
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Total Budget: €12.6 million
Start/End Date: November 2019 – December 2023
No. of Partners: 55 (Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Norway, United Kingdom, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Estonia, Brazil, and Canada)
Coordinator: GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Project Aim: The EuroSea project aims to improve ocean observations in Europe by combining existing capacities and filling current knowledge gaps. As well as improving ocean measurements, EuroSea focuses on the quality and usability of collective data and development of downstream services for society.
The Marine Institute will be leading an area of the EuroSea project which involves working with users in aquaculture, fisheries, and environmental agencies to co-create products that help identify and foresee extreme marine events. These extreme marine events may be low oxygen levels and marine heat waves that can threaten marine ecosystems, resources, food security and related businesses. The Marine Institute will also be developing data products and services using numerical models in Irish waters, which will be combined with biological datasets provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). In addition, the Marine Institute will support the establishment of an integrated European Tide Gauge Network, which will include the existing Irish Tide Gauge Network, and will be involved in a task to ensure the use of results beyond the project lifetime in order to maximise the impact of EuroSea.