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IPMA – The Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere committed to the Atlantic International Cooperation

IPMA – The Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere committed to the Atlantic International Cooperation

How is the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere contributing to the All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance objectives?

IPMA, the Portuguese state laboratory responsible for the Sea and Atmosphere, ensures the implementation of national strategies and policies in the fields of Meteorology, Climate, Seismology, Geomagnetism, and Fisheries.

Alongside its national responsibilities, IPMA follows an international oriented strategy representing Portugal in many relevant Sea and Atmosphere international institutions (WMO, the ECMWF, EUMETSAT, NEAM-TWS, ICES, ICCAT, NAFO, EUMETNET, EFARO, EUROGOOS) and promoting a transversal activity that involves skills and knowledge, allowing for a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to the study of relevant topics supporting the vision of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

IPMA is a partner in the AANChOR project through the representation of Telmo Carvalho, one of the Board Members of the institution. Telmo Carvalho is an anthropologist specialized in science policy and has an extensive experience in governance, management, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the Portuguese marine science landscape. In a conversation with Telmo, he shared his knowledge about the institution, its vision and main intervention areas, including Atlantic cooperation strategies, as well as his own ideas about management and international cooperation.

“IPMA drives its own action recognizing that “Ocean sciences are not a one-country, one-institution task” but cooperation is key! The promotion of excellence is inseparable from the promotion of external visibility; This visibility extends to the international scientific community, for its leadership or participation in the most important research initiatives in the sector, and to citizens, with the release and open dissemination of all the information collected and its analysis, and the strengthening of citizen science initiatives.”

As an example of an instrument recently developed by IPMA in the promotion of the AAORIA, we refer to the the Atlantic Observatory, a Data and Monitoring Infrastructure project, financed through an EEA Grant, aiming to create an infrastructure for the acquisition, aggregation and availability of oceanographic data in order to enhance research and monitoring of the Atlantic Ocean and, at the same time, support the sustainable management of marine resources.

Want to know more about IPMA and its involvement in the All-Atlantic cooperation context through the view of Telmo Carvalho? We invite you to step in here

Interview and article written by Marta Norton, FCT