Harmonization in the joint European research infrastructure network for coastal observatories - JERICO

George Petihakis, Wilhelm Petersen, Rajesh Nair, Marco Faimali, Giovanni Pavanello, Kada Boukerma, Laurent Delauney, Ingrid Puillat, Patrick Farcy, Naomi Greenwood

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The JERICO European research infrastructure (RI) is integrating diverse platform types such as fixed buoys, piles, moorings, drifters, FerryBoxes, gliders, HF radars, coastal cable observatories and the associated technologies dedicated to observe and monitor coastal European seas. The first steps of setting up, coordination and harmonization were done during 2011 to 2015 in the framework of FP7-JERICO (www.jericofp7.eu), a 4-year long infrastructure project co-funded by the European Commission with 27 partners from 17 European countries under the coordination of IFREMER. Next steps are driven in the H2020-JERICO-NEXT European project until 2019, involving 33 partners. The main objective of the JERICO consortium is to establish a Pan European approach for a European coastal marine observatory network. This is a dynamic activity going beyond a project's lifetime including continuous efforts towards harmonization in terms of design, operation, and maintenance, the evolution and extension of the current systems as well as the delivery of data and products to the users. Our scope here is to present the work done towards the harmonization of operation and maintenance methods, in FP7-JERICO and the next steps in JERICO-NEXT. As a starting point of harmonization assessment, the priority was given to the most pressing issues like calibration and biofouling, while it is the first time that a Best Practice report on all phases of the system from first installation to operation and maintenance is attempted adopting a platform based approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2015 - MTS/IEEE Washington
PublisherThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Electronic)9780933957435
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2016
EventMTS/IEEE Washington, OCEANS 2015 - Washington, United States
Duration: 19 Oct 201522 Oct 2015

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NameOCEANS 2015 - MTS/IEEE Washington


ConferenceMTS/IEEE Washington, OCEANS 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • biofouling
  • calibration
  • coastal observatories
  • harmonization

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