CALYPSO South kick off seminar banner

Location db San Antonio Hotel, Qawra
Date 18th April 2018
Time 13:30-17:30
Fees Event is free of charge

To register please write to the organiser Prof. Aldo Drago (aldo.drago@um.edu.mt) with copy to the Seminar Secretariat (raisa.galea-degiovanni@um.edu.mt).


HF radar at Ta' Sopu There are several beneficial aspects deriving from the use of data to boost many marine-related economic sectors. Economic growth in a knowledge-based society goes in parallel with the process of extracting essence from data, together with value addition by a wide range of downstream services that are fitting to the user needs, especially in the local scale application scenarios. At its recent Forum held in Brussels, the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) prepared the setting to consolidate its strategy and implementation plan by the direct feedback from key players and users. The main message is that Blue Growth is simply not possible without sustained ocean observations. We therefore face an interesting win-win scenario where ocean observations for environmental management, for coastal sea health monitoring and for marine safety & surveillance could also serve, in their non-confidential elements, to feed the research and economic sectors for added value and societal benefits at no additional data acquisition costs.

Local scale ocean observing infrastructures run by national entities are needed to fit the demands on a country basis. Such national systems will bring autonomous benefits, but will need to fit and add value to the overarching regional and European marine core data networks and services like the COPERNICUS Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS), and the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). The synergy and merging of ocean information at national and regional scales provides the framework to capitalize and share the benefits of national synergies and of transboundary cooperation, within the ambit of a cost effective, sustained integrated marine observation system of systems that is genuinely fit-for-purpose and without duplication of efforts and investment.

The Physical Oceanography Research Group is holding a half-day seminar to present the success of the recent CALYPSO and CALYPSO Follow On projects, and to share the targets set by the new INTERREG V-A Italia Malta CALYPSO South initiative within this evolving scenario. With the participation of expert speakers from Europe and the U.S., the seminar will showcase the application and valorisation of ocean data in its wide range of usage, considering different scales from global ocean domains down to the local coastal seas, and from long term variability and climate change assessments down to operational scale day to day services and applications.

Officers from the relevant local responsible entities and ministries, entrepreneurs in marine-related initiatives, environmental managers, marine scientists and students as well as other interested persons are invited to attend.

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