The Fixed point Open Ocean Observatory network (FixO3) seeks to integrate European open ocean fixed point observatories and to improve access to these key installations for the broader community. These will provide multidisciplinary observations in all parts of the oceans from the air-sea interface to the deep seafloor. Coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre, UK, FixO3 will build on the significant advances achieved through the FP7 programmes EuroSITES, ESONET and CARBOOCEAN. Started on 1st September 2013 with a budget of 7 Million Euros over 4 years the Network includes 29 partners drawn from academia, research institutions and small and medium enterprises (SME). In addition 12 international experts from a wide range of disciplines comprise an Advisory Board.
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STARTING DATE – Sep 1, 2013
ENDING DATE – Sep 30, 2017
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The programme will be achieved through:
- Coordination activities to integrate and harmonise the current procedures and processes. Strong links will be fostered with the wider community across academia, industry, policy and the general public through outreach, knowledge exchange and training.
- Support actions to offer a) access to observatory infrastructures to those who do not have such access, and b) free and open data services and products.
- Joint research activities to innovate and enhance the current capability for multidisciplinary in situ ocean observation.
Open ocean observation is currently a high priority for European marine and maritime activities. FixO3 will provide important data on environmental products and services to address the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and in support of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy. The FixO3 network will provide free and open access to in situ fixed point data of the highest quality. It will provide a strong integrated framework of open ocean facilities in the Atlantic from the Arctic to the Antarctic and throughout the Mediterranean, enabling an integrated, regional and multidisciplinary approach to understand natural and anthropogenic change in the ocean.
Natural Environment Research Council, UK
Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, Italy
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany
Universitetet I Bergen, Norway
Universitetet I Tromsø, Norway
Alfred Wegener Institut für Polar-und Meeresforschung, Germany
University of Exeter, UK
SLR Consulting, Ireland
Institut français de recherché pour l’exploitation de la mer,France
Blue Lobster IT ltd., UK
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy
Marine Institute, Ireland
The University Court of The University of Aberdeen, UK
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
University of St Andrews, UK
Spanish Institute of Spain
NKE Instrumentation, France
Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvimento das Pescas, Cape Verde
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Texcel Technology Plc, UK
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche, Italy
Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Voor Zeeonderzoek, Netherlands
Imar- Instituto do Mar, Portugal