The All-Atlantic Marine Research Infrastructure Network (AA-MARINET) Joint Pilot Action will provide tools to support a transatlantic network of Research Infrastructures initiatives, promoting Trans-National Access and other methods for sharing infrastructures in the Atlantic area. It will work as a platform where stakeholders can share information about planned observation activities and available spare capacities, creating a forum where thematic networking and synergies will bring a better articulation of infrastructure related activities in the Atlantic basin, improving the support of multidisciplinary science to address global societal challenges.
The All-Atlantic Marine Research Infrastructure Network (AA-MARINET) aims at the creation of a long-term collaboration framework to promote and facilitate the convergence and the alignment of Research and Innovation infrastructure initiatives at the Atlantic Ocean level. The Network will encourage and establish an effective process for sharing marine research infrastructures including implementation of an All-Atlantic Trans-National Access (TNA) mechanism, starting by (1) implementing a web portal to unlock the potential for the articulation of the observation activities conducted in the Atlantic basin, (2) promoting a case-study focusing on the possibility to exchange ship-time and autonomous systems for monitoring and/or cooperation opportunities during planned cruises between research vessel operators from different Atlantic countries and (3) working on three pilot specific domains: Coastal observation (AA-COASTNET), Pelagic imaging (I/ITAPINA) and Polar research (NMPRI).
Marine research infrastructures provide the tools scientists and innovators need to know and better understand ocean ecosystems and to develop solutions for the sustainable use of its resources. The use and long-term sustainability of marine research infrastructures cost more than most countries can afford. For this reason, the establishment of an effective process for sharing marine research infrastructures, including the implementation of an All-Atlantic Trans-National Access mechanism, is of crucial importance to solve the common challenges at the Atlantic Ocean level.
To achieve the goals established for this Joint Action, several activities are planned to be realized:
The All-Atlantic Marine Research Infrastructure Network will have a direct impact on the better articulation infrastructure related activities in the global Atlantic area thus increasing the opportunities to observe the Atlantic space and the collection of complementary measurements. More specifically the following impacts are expected:
The All-Atlantic Marine Research Infrastructure Network will join forces, promote efficient cooperation and maximize impact by bringing together different initiatives that are presently responsible for the observations in the Atlantic Ocean in general, and for the articulation of specific observing systems, including the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance related projects.
The All-Atlantic Marine Research Infrastructure Network will support the implementation of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance by providing a forum and tools to support the development of a transatlantic network of research infrastructure initiatives and promote Trans-National Access and other methods for sharing infrastructures in the Atlantic area. More specifically, the All-Atlantic Marine Research Infrastructure Network will:
The All-Atlantic Marine Research Infrastructure Network will benefit the following key common areas of interest under the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance:
This Joint Pilot Action is led by AIR Centre, based in Portugal, and IFREMER, from France. The countries already involved in the All-Atlantic Marine Research Infrastructure Network are: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Nigeria, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, United States of America
For inquiries about this Joint Action, please contact José Moutinho at the AIR Centre, in Portugal, via email ([email protected]).
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