Projects

PDP2 – Atlantic Observatory
Predefined project 2 - Atlantic Observatory – Data and Monitoring Infrastructure
Type: EAA Grants – Blue Growth
Duration: 30 months (01/10/2020 – 30/09/2023)
Status: Ongoing
Coordinator: Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA), Portugal
Consortium:

IPMA – Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (Portugal)
FRCT – Fundo Regional da Ciência e Tecnologia (Azores – Portugal)
ARDITI – Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação (Madeira – Portugal)
IMR – Institute of Marine Research (Norway)
NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
UiB – University of Bergen (Norway)
MFRI – Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (Iceland)
MFRI – Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (Islândia)

Aim of the Project:

The PDP2 Atlantic Observatory will be organized as a joint research unit, promoting the network of marine authorities and relevant research institutions, with a strong involvement of the continent’s research communities and the other two Portuguese Atlantic regions (Azores and Madeira), and is based on creation and operation of an integrated, efficient, low-cost and scalable marine observation system, focused on the Atlantic Basin, based on ongoing global or regional initiatives, promoting networking between stakeholders, and acting as a single point of contact access data, information and services associated with the Atlantic.

This project corresponds to an effort to defragment on-going initiatives from the different research groups, mostly in cooperation with international consortia, strengthening the role of Portugal as an active player of the development of research, monitoring and governance of the Atlantic.

The key idea of the ATLANTIC OBSERVATORY relies on the creation and operation of an integrated, efficient, low-cost and scalable marine observation system, focused on the Atlantic Basin, gaining from on-going global or regional initiatives, promoting networking between stakeholders, and acting as a single access datapoint, information and services associated with the Atlantic. When operational, such observatory will be a keystone for the management of marine protected areas, the design of spatially explicit marine planning, assess anthropogenic pressures and ultimately to support the blue economy of the Atlantic.

FRCT Involvement:
FRCT supports the overall implementation of the project in the Azores, being Work Package (WP) leader of WP4 - Stimulating International Networking and Cooperation, where will it organize the “Atlantic Summer School”. Under the WP3 is responsible for equipment acquisition. FRCT counts with the support of Regional and Nacional Experts on the task’s implementation.

Impact in SCTA:
Strengthen the region with the existing means of ocean monitoring in the Portuguese marine research community, creating a digital infrastructure for data collection, continuing the objective of the Resolution that established the creation of the Observatório do Atlântico (Government of Portugal, 2017), with the aim of protection, research, monitoring and socio-economic exploitation of the maritime areas of the Atlantic.
Financial Overview
Consortium Budget
Partners Contribuition EU Contribuition Total
300 000€1 700 000€2 000 000€
FRCT Budget
FRCT CONTRIBUITION EU Contribuition Total
0€586 941€586 941€