The joint European Research Infrastructure Network for Coastal Observatories: Achievements and Strategy for the Future

Type Contract report
Date 2015-11
Language English
Ref. D1.11
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Author(s) Morin Pascal, Krieger Magali, Durand Dominique, Puillat IngridORCID, Farcy Patrick
Contributor(s) Gaughan P, Kaitala S, Krieger M, Mills D, Nair R, Nolan G, Petersen W, Petihakis G, Petit De La Villeon LoicORCID, Periviolotis L, Seppala J, Sorensen K, Tintore J, Wehde H
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Abstract This document is summarizing a major part of the work performed by the FP7-JERICO consortium, including 27 partner institutions, during 4 years (2011-2015). Its objective is to propose a strategy for the European coastal observation and monitoring. To do so we give an overview of the main achievements of the FP7-JERICO project. From this overview, gaps are analysed to draw some recommendations for the future. Overview, gaps and recommendation are addressed at both Hardware and Software levels of the JERICO Research Infrastructure. The main part of the document is built upon this analysis to outcome a general strategy for the future, giving priorities to be targeted and some possible funding mechanisms, but also upon discussions held in dedicated JERICO strategy workshops. This document was initiated in 2014 by the coordination team but considering the fact that an overview of the entire project and its achievement were needed to feed this strategy deliverable it couldn’t ended before the end of FP7-JERICO, April 2015. The preparation of the JERICO-NEXT proposal in summer 2014 to answer an H2020 call for proposals pushed the consortium ahead, fed deep thoughts about this strategy but the intention was to not propose a strategy only bounded by the JERICO-NEXT answer. Authors are conscious that writing JERICO-NEXT is even drawing a bias in the thoughts and they tried to be opened. Nevertheless, comments are always welcome to go farther ahead.
Structure of the document
The Chapter 3 introduces the need of sustained coastal observatories, from different point of view including a short description of the FP7-JERICO project.
In Chapter 4, an analysis of the JERICO coastal observatory Hardware (platforms and sensors) in terms of Status at the end of JERICO, identified gaps and recommendations for further development is provided region by region. The main challenges that remain to be overcome is also summarized.
Chapter 5 is dedicated the JERICO infrastructure Software (calibration, operation, quality assessment, data management) and the progress made through JERICO on harmonization of procedures and definition of best practices.
Chapter 6 provides elements of a strategy towards sustainable and integrated coastal observations for Europe, drawing a roadmap for cost-effective scientific-based consolidation of the present infrastructure while maximizing the potential arising from JERICO in terms of innovation, wealth-creation, and business development.
After reading the chapter 3, for who doesn’t know JERICO, any chapter can be read independently.
More details are available in the JERICO final reports and its intermediate reports; all are available on the JERICO web site ( as well as any deliverable. Each chapter will list referring JERICO documents. A small bibliographic list is available at the end of this deliverable.
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Morin Pascal, Krieger Magali, Durand Dominique, Puillat Ingrid, Farcy Patrick (2015). The joint European Research Infrastructure Network for Coastal Observatories: Achievements and Strategy for the Future. D1.11.