Project commissioned by the General Directorate Environment of the European Commission, which will result in policy recommendations on how to manage coastal erosion in Europe in the most sustainable way.
- Forum Skagerrak
A common initiative of the regions surrounding Skagerrak, in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, to find solutions to prioritised environmental problems where co-operation can lead to effective measures. The project, was partly financed by EU Interreg IIC and ran from October 1999 to June 2001 with a budget of 600K Euro.
- U.S. Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (U.S. JGOFS)
The US national component of the international Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) and an integral part of global climate change research. Supported primarily by the U.S. National Science Foundation in collaboration with the NOAA, NASA and the Department of Energy and the Office of Naval Research.
- Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)
Activities focus on promoting international cooperation in planning and conducting oceanographic research, and solving methodological and conceptual problems that hinder research. Scientists from thirty-six SCOR member nations participate in SCOR working groups and steering committees.
- European North Atlantic Margin (ENAM).
The overall objective of the ENAM II project is to quantify and model large-scale sedimentary processes and material fluxes in the north Atlantic and to assess their relation to the variability of oceanic and cryospheric processes. The timing, causes and flow behaviour of mass wasting events and the relationship between mass wasting events and deep-sea fan developments are to be determined in order to understand the spatial and temporal variability of marine systems from the shelf edge to the continental slope and the deep sea.
Coriolis is a French project for operational oceanography contributing to the in-situ part of the system, with the objective of developing continuous, automatic and permanent observation networks. The data collected will enable water properties such as temperature, and ocean circulation to be mapped.
- Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT)
The programme undertakes biological, chemical and physical oceanographic research during the annual return passage of the RRS James Clark Ross from the UK to the Falkland Islands in September and from the Falklands to the UK in May. During the first phase of the project (1995 to 1999), twelve research cruises took place, providing a coherent set of repeated measurements over ocean basin scales. A second phase of the project is now underway, and will include six cruises between 2002 and 2005. These will sample further into the centre of the North and South Atlantic Ocean and along the north-west coast of Africa.
- Marine Productivity (MarProd)
A Thematic Programme of the Natural Environment Research Council. It is funded for a period of five years starting in 2000. Its aim is to develop coupled modelling and observational systems for the pelagic ecosystem, with emphasis on physical factors affecting zooplankton population dynamics. MarProd provides a major UK contribution to the international Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics project (GLOBEC).