About the database
Objective To offer a comprehensive list of all existing facilities in Europe which are dedicated to marine sciences broad range of activities. It provides the first level of knowledge and characteristics for each facility, as well as the links and contact to access the further details provided by the operator. It was conducted under the JPI Oceans and EurOcean, with the support of FP7 SEAS-ERA and "CSA Oceans", in order to foster all forms of open access and joint actions involving these research infrastructures.
For who this database is intended for all stakeholders - scientists, engineers, policy makers, private companies, universities, ... - for their respective needs, either as user or as operator, or as designer, or as funder.
How to use it search criteria plus an iterative map allow any targeted search of information for every type of request. For more information on how to use it please consult the Search Tips Area
How to understand it the landscape of marine research infrastructure is complex, a choice of descriptors was done to provide as much as possible a clear and consistent vision, to provide all relevant information for this “discovery” level of the facilities. All explanations necessary to understand each descriptor are given in the Technical Notes.
How to update it this database took in consideration the most recent overviews available, especially the one done in the context of the ERA-Net Seas-Era, as for October 2012 : deliverables D4.1.1 and its annexes, available here. But the landscape is constantly evolving, new infrastructures appear, others have significant up-gradings, some disappear from the service, characteristics change, ... So the approach of a database continuously updated is a necessity and a procedure is proposed to allow all to contribute, see the functions Insert or Contact Eurocean.
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