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Thursday, June 17 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Oceans of Cooperation

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Abstract - The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water Column Observatory (EMSO, www.emso.eu) is a distributed research infrastructure (RI), composed of fourteen fixed-point deep-sea observatories and shallow water test sites at strategic environmental locations around from the southern entrance of the Arctic Ocean all the way through the North Atlantic through the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. Working as a single powerful system, it is a valuable new tool for a variety of stakeholders from scientist and engineers to industry, policy makers and society in general. The objective is looking for multiple ocean variables of high-quality and high-resolution data to study and continuously monitor complex processes interactions among the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, as well as to test, validate and demonstrate new marine technologies. In particular in the Mediterranean Sea, it is important to include observations and knowledge of the entire North African margin, to understand the dynamic processes and ocean circulation that affect the entire Mediterranean basin.

Issues of environmental concern such as sea level rise, ocean warming and acidification are valuable indicators for perceiving continuous global change. In addition, pollution by anthropogenic activities, the proliferation of toxic algae and the harmful contamination of millions of tons of plastic waste in the sea, marine acoustic noise are important challenges within the marine environment. EMSO ERIC aims to monitor different oceanic variables that allow a better understanding and dissemination of these environmental processes in all the seas surrounding Europe, with special significance in the Mediterranean basin. EMSO ERIC, provides a series of services for the knowledge and information of the oceans that include science, technological development, data management, communication, education, innovation and industry of the highest quality, which provides valuable social benefits promoting innovative jobs, and technological development supporting the blue economy for sustainable growth
This paper benefits from EC projects EMSO-link (Ref. 731036) and ENVRI-FAIR (Ref. 8249068)


Matthew Frost

Deputy Director. Head of Policy., Marine Biological Association
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Christos Arvanitidis

CEO, Lifewatch ERIC
LifeWatch ERIC CEO. PhD in Marine Biology. Former Director of Research in IMBBC, HCMR. Involved in more than 60 research and education projects, coordinated more than 7. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Editorial member in several peer-reviewed Journals... Read More →
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Juanjo Dañobeitia

Director General, EMSO ERIC
Juanjo Dañobeitia is a Professor of Marine Geophysics at the CSIC, since October 2017, General Director of EMSO ERIC European Research Infrastructure dedicated to promoting multidisciplinary research in deep waters and water columns with special emphasis on global change, marine... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
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