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The Med Sea checkpoint activity was undertaken by a European consortium of 10 partners and 4 subcontractors, plus an external expert panel. INGV was leading the consortium.


INGV – Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia

Project coordinator - Partner

INGV (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia) is a public research institute under the direct control of the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research. The staff participating in this tender are responsible for the Monitoring and Forecasting Center of the Mediterranean Sea for the GMES Marine Core Service which is also responsible for emergency response predictions of oil spills in the Mediterranean Sea. In the past it has coordinated the setting up of the satellite and in situ realtime monitoring system for the Mediterranean within the EuroGOOS Mediterranean Task Team. Staff
Staff involved: N. Pinardi, S. Simoncelli, M. De Dominicis, G. Manzella, E. Clementi, S. Marino 



CLS – Collecte Localisation Satellites


CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites) is involved above all satellite-based systems for geo-positioning and analysing spatial mobility, geo-positioning and collecting scientific environmental data, observing the ocean surface and modeling activities, interpreting SAR images and detecting abnormal situations. CLS brings added value to satellite and spatial environmental data by developing and offering complete end-to-end solutions for national and international institutions, as well as industries for the sustainable management of our planet. CLS also provides integrated and operational services in three critical maritime application domains: environmental monitoring, sustainable management of marine resources, and maritime security.
Staff involved: F. Blanc (technical contact – web development), V. Claverie (system of systems design and implementation – web development), G Valladeau (sea level activities – Climate & coastal protection challenge), G. Weller (wildlife observations – Protected Marine Areas challenge).



CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche


CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) is a governmental research performing organization whose mission is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development.
The CNR institutes involved in the tender cover most marine disciplines, with a multidisciplinary approach: physics, geology, chemistry, biology, satellite oceanography and operational oceanography, fisheries management and fishery biology, assessment of human impacts on the marine ecosystem. They developed the Mediterranean Satellite Observing System, which is part of the MOON (Mediterranean Operational Oceanography Network). The CNR leads the Ocean Colour Thematic Center within the framework of the GMES Marine Core Service, and has extensive expertise in marine data collection and analysis, including sea temperature and sea level. The CNR tide gauge station in Trieste is part of the GLOSS core network and CNR coastal observations contribute to the JERICO project. The CNR is also involved in the regional project “SSD-Pesca” for sustainable fisheries management in southern Italy, in the EU project COEXIST (Interaction in coastal waters: A roadmap to sustainable integration of aquaculture and fisheries), in the EU Data Collection Regulation (DCR), and in the FAO regional project ADRIAMED. CNR scientists act as experts in national and international advisory bodies (e.g. IOC-GOOS-SC, FAO-GFCM, EU-STECF, EC-MODEG).
Staff involved: G. Fabi, R. Santoleri, S. Sparnocchia, F. Raicich, F. Falcini, G. Scarcella





CLU Srl is a private Italian company involved in the development of web applications, software, IPhone and IPad applications, offering IT consulting.
The person from CLU who is participating in this tender is the IT Division Director. The Director has been involved in several IT projects related to data visualization, metadata analyses (INSPIRE), and GRID infrastructure.
Staff involved: C. Cesarini, M. Nuccetelli



HCMR – Hellenic Centre for Marine Research


HCMR (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research) is the main Governmental Marine Research Centre of Greece, and is supervised by the General Secretariat of Research and Development (Ministry of Education, Long-life learning and Religious Affairs).
The senior researchers involved in the tender have significant experience in the management and monitoring of Marine Protected Areas through their participation in the EU projects CoCoNET, MMMPA, and through the coordination of the project MyOcean Med in situ TAC (Thematic Assembly Center), which collects data from operational oceanography platforms throughout the Mediterranean Sea.
Staff involved: S. Reizopoulou, V. Drakopoulou, S. Kavadas, H. Kyriakidou, N. Skoulikidis, L. Periviolotis, V. Vassilipoulou



Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea)


Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea) is a public institute which contributes, through studies and expert assessments, to the improvement in knowledge of the ocean and its resources, the monitoring of marine and coastal zones and the sustainable development of maritime activities.
It designs and operates observational, experimental and monitoring tools and manages French marine research facilities such as vessels, underwater vehicles, computers and main marine oriented databases. Its main domains of expertise are physical oceanography (including operational oceanography), marine chemistry and contaminants, geophysics and geology, fishery, aquaculture, marine and maritime economy.
Staff involved: E. Moussat, J. Vigneau, G. Maudire, B. Andral, E. Roque, E. Quimbert



NKUA – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


NKUA (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) is a public educational and research body under the direct control of the Greek Ministry of Education.
The scientists participating in the tender operate a weather, wave, tidal, sea current, desert dust and air quality forecasting system for the Saudi oil company ARAMCO, covering the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. Similar operations are provided for the Mediterranean Sea, Europe and the North Atlantic. They are involved in the FP7 project MARINA PLATFORM by providing environmental resource mapping and other technical information.
Staff involved: G. Kallos, S. Sofianos, G. Galanis



OCEANS-CAT – Oceans Catalonia International S.L.


Oceans Catalonia International S.L. is a private company, established under the Catalan/Spanish law and qualifies for the SME designation as regulated by the European Commission [Recommendation 2003/361/EC] in the category of micro-enterprise.
Oceans Catalonia International is actively developing new studies on aspects of environmental degradation in the terrestrial, marine and coastal environments. It thus contributes to the establishment of international regulations, particularly in the field of Eutrophication, such as UNEP’s Marine Pollution Indicators. The individual participating in the tender is the Scientific Director in charge of coordination and supervision of the work carried out by staff and external collaborators.
Staff involved: A. Cruzado



SOCIB – Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System



SOCIB is a Public Consortium (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and Balearic Islands Government), which was created in 2009 as a Large Scale Spanish Installation with the formal endorsement of CSIC (founding member of the board of trustees of SOCIB).
The mission of SOCIB is to develop a coastal ocean observing and forecasting system providing free, open, quality controlled and timely streams of data to:
  • Support research and technology development on key internationally-established topics
  • Support operational oceanography and associated marine technology development in the Balearic Islands and Spain
  • Support the strategic societal needs of within the context of global change
SOCIB engineers and researchers currently participate together with IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB) in several EU funded initiatives (e.g., PERSEUS leading WP3 new observing systems, MyOcean) and EC Groups of Experts (Marine Research Infrastructures; ST Advisory Group Euro-Argo ERIC).
Staff involved: J. Tintore, L. Gomez-Pujol, D. March Morla



UCY – University of Cyprus – Oceanography Centre


University of Cyprus – Oceanography Centre, is a research unit within the faculty of pure and applied sciences of the University of Cyprus. The UCY is Cyprus’ institution for ocean research and one of the operational marine core and downstream forecasting and monitoring centers in the Mediterranean.
The activities of the Oceanography Centre include applications related to predicting oil slicks, developments for the MEDSLIK-Mediterranean oil spill model, oil spill predictions for response agencies locally and sub-regionally, upon their request, coupled with ESA and EMSA ASAR satellite images detecting possible oil slicks. UCY also participates in many EU and other projects related to oil spill predictions. The individual participating in the tender is the Vice Director of the UCY and is in charge of coordinating and supervising the work related to the MEDSLIK oil spill prediction application in the Levantine Basin, upon request from local and sub-regional response agencies or using ASAR images. He has also actively participated in numerous EU projects related to oil spill predictions.
Staff involved: G. Zodiatis



CMCC – Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici


CMCC is the Italian research centre on climate science and policy established in 2005 with the support of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea and the Ministry of Education, University and Research.
CMCC focuses on models of climate dynamics, impacts of climate change and adaptation and mitigation policies. The centre brings together the know-how from its funding institutions by focusing on climate change and applications for management and environmental protection.
Staff involved: G. Coppini, A. Bonaduce



EDF-EN – EDF Energies Nouvelles


EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF Group and its renewable energy arm.
Operating in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles is a market leader in green electricity production, with a portfolio of 4,200 MW of gross installed capacity. Focusing on wind and solar photovoltaic energy, the company recently entered three new promising markets: Israel, Morocco and South Africa, and is expanding its business in offshore wind energy. The company is also involved in other segments of the renewable energy market: marine energy, biogas, biomass and small hydro as well as in distributed energies. EDF EN manages renewable energy project development, financing, construction as well as operation and maintenance for its own purposes and for third parties.
Staff involved: A. Vazeille, G.Meyer



France Energies Marines


France Energies Marines is a new public-private research institute fully dedicated to marine renewable energies.
Its scope includes support for the offshore wind energy sector, through transverse research projects and a resource center providing access to several kinds of databases: technical / regulatory / recommendation documents, GIS layers of interest for the sector, expertise and training. Within this framework, France Energies Marines receives the various specifications of data from stakeholders, and provides both feedback and expertise in order to translate the datasets into useful information for wind farm companies.
Staff involved: Jean-Francois Filipot, Yann-Herve De Roeck



IH Cantabria – Istituto de Hydraulica Ambiental, Universidad de Cantabria


IH Cantabria is a joint research centre involving the University of Cantabria and the Foundation for Environmental Hydraulics Institute.
IH Cantabria specializes in basic and applied research focusing on the development of studies, methodologies and tools for the management of river, coastal and marine systems, including superficial and subterraneous waters, transitional and coastal water bodies, integrating the relevant processes as well as the socio-economic aspects associated with an efficient and sustainable management of the water cycle. The multidisciplinary scope applied to each project involves a diverse work force, with very specific backgrounds and experiences: mathematicians, physicists, engineers, biologists, geographers, economists, marine scientists, oceanographers, and IT specialists among others.
Staff involved: R. Medina

Expert Panel

The panel consists of the following five scientific experts selected by the project:

Monika Peterlin – Environmental agency (water directive) (Slovenia)
Miguel Bernal – Regional organization for fisheries (FAO-GFCM) (Spain)
Jan Erik Hanssen – Europlan UK (Renewable energy, private industry) (UK)
Alberto Lamberti – Coastal engineering & hydraulics (Univ. of Bologna) (Italy)
Piero Lionello – Climate science of the Mediterranean Sea (Univ. of Lecce) (Italy)
Pierfrancesco Moretti – National Research Council (CNR) (Italy)

The panel was set up to: 

  • Participate in two panel meetings organized by the project, where Data Adequacy Reports are presented by the consortium, and to meet with project partners. External stakeholders will be invited to participate in the panel meetings in order to broaden the user acceptance survey of the Med-Sea-checkpoint portal and discuss the Data Adequacy Report results.
  • The panel will produce two evaluation reports of the Data Adequacy Reports.