Research project in focus:


Assessing the interaction and impact of the lower atmosphere and upper ocean at the at the oceanic mesoscale and submesoscale and their impact on both the upper ocean and lower atmosphere in the Tropical Western North Atlantic. The field experiment will take place on Jan-Feb 2020. For more information visit the following web page:


AtlantOS is a BG 8 (Developing in-situ Atlantic Ocean Observations for a better management and sustainable exploitation of the maritime resources) research and innovation project that proposes the integration of ocean observing activities across all disciplines for the Atlantic, considering European as well as non-European partners. For more information visit the following web site:

Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems


Understanding the role of the South Atlantic Ocean in the MOC system and the establishment of an observing system to capture key components of the circulation: this initiative is known as South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or SAMOC. For more information visit the following web page:


To assess the status of the South and Tropical Atlantic marine ecosystem and develop a framework for predicting its future changes, from months to decades, by combining ecosystem observations, climate-based ecosystem prediction and information on future socio-economic and ecosystem service changes, and thus to contribute to the sustainable management of human activities in the Atlantic Ocean as a whole. For more information visit the following web page:


Although the Ocean is a fundamental part of the global system providing a wealth of resources, there are fundamental gaps in ocean observing and forecasting systems, limiting our capacity in Europe to sustainably manage the ocean and its resources. Ocean observing is “big science” and cannot be solved by individual nations; it is necessary to ensure high-level integration for coordinated observations of the ocean that can be sustained in the long term. EuroSea brings together key European actors of ocean observation and forecasting with key end users of ocean observations, responding to the Future of the Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative. For more information visit the following web page:


Improving our understanding the role of ocean mesoscale eddies in the global ocean circulation, in the transport of properties and air-sea interactions. For more information click here

Recent events:

OceanObs’19 Conference

The OceanObs’19 conference is a community-driven conference that brings people from all over the planet together to communicate the decadal progress of ocean observing networks and to chart innovative solutions to society’s growing needs for ocean information in the coming decade. For more information visit the following web site:


The Institut Henri Poincaré trimester “The Mathematics of Climate and the Environnement” aims to explore the Climate System and the developments in mathematics that seem most promising in advancing the climate and environmental sciences. For more information visit the following web site:

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