European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory

EMSO is a European-scale distributed research infrastructure of seafloor & water-column observatories

Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface, are home to 50% of its species and represent 90% of the living environment. And yet they continue to provide surprises as so little is known about them. Deep sea exploration is a challenging endeavour, possibly even more than space exploration. The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory (EMSO) aims to further explore the oceans, to gain a better understanding of phenomena happening within and below them, and to elucidate the critical role that these phenomena play in the broader Earth systems.

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EMSO and climate change

The oceans play a major but little understood role in the climate system

EMSO and marine ecosystems

The oceans are home to half of the Earth’s living species

EMSO and geo hazards

The ocean bottom is a favourable location for the detection of seismic events

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Here you can find all the information about projects and activities which are related to EMSO.
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The general objective EMSODEV (European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water‐column Observatory DEVelopment) is to catalyse the full implementation and operation of the EMSO distributed Research Infrastructure (RI), through the development, testing and deployment of an EMSO Generic Instrument Module (EGIM). This module will ensure accurate, consistent, comparable, regional scale, long‐term measurements of ocean parameters, which are key to addressing urgent societal and scientific challenges such as climate change, ocean ecosystem disturbance, and marine hazards.

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ENVRIPLUS is a cluster of research infrastructures (RIs) for Environmental and Earth System sciences, built around ESFRI roadmap and associating leading e-infrastructures and Integrating Activities together with technical specialist partners. ENVRIPLUS is driven by 3 overarching goals: 1) favoring cross-fertilization between infrastructures, 2) implementing innovative concepts and devices across RIs, and 3) facilitating research and innovation in the field of environment to an increasing number of users outside the RIs. ENVRIPLUS organizes its activities along a main strategic plan where sharing multi-disciplinary expertise will be most effective. It aims to improve Earth observation monitoring systems and strategies, including actions towards harmonization and innovation, to generate common solutions to many shared information technology and data related challenges, to harmonize policies for access and provide strategies for knowledge transfer amongst RIs.

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EMSO-Link is a project financed by the European Commission (€ 4.3 million) as part of the Horizon 2020 roadmap for the research infrastructures. EMSO-Link is leaded by EMSO ERIC – the European Research Infrastructure Consortium charged of the management of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory - and is aimed at accelerating the organization and full operation of the consortium as the central hub coordinating EMSO fixed-point open ocean observatories, including physical and virtual access to observatories and data. The project’s ambition is also to consolidate and expand the current EMSO ERIC membership involving other countries and their respective marine science communities, and to enhance the relations with sister marine initiatives and counterpart/complementary Research Infrastructures.

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