Part 3
Projects & Landmarks
Environment / Landmark

EMSO ERIC

European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory
description

The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory (EMSO) is a distributed Research Infrastructure aiming at exploring the oceans to gain a better understanding of phenomena happening within and below them, and to explain the critical role that these phenomena play in the broader Earth system. EMSO offers high-quality environmental data and services covering a multi- and inter-disciplinary range of research areas including biology, geology, chemistry, physics, engineering and computer science, from polar to tropical environments. EMSO provides these data to a large and diverse group of users, from scientists and industries to institutions and policy makers to support the definition of environmental policies and respond to pressing scientific and societal challenges.

Entered in the ESFRI Roadmap 2006, EMSO is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) since 2016. EMSO ERIC consists of a system of regional facilities that includes open-ocean, seafloor observatories down to 4,850 metres depth, and shallow-water test sites placed at key sites around Europe, from North East to the Atlantic, across the Mediterranean, to the Black Sea. Observatories are platforms equipped with multiple sensors, placed along the water column and on the seafloor. They constantly measure different biogeochemical and physical parameters, that address natural hazards, climate change and marine ecosystems. Currently, EMSO ERIC brings together 15 Regional Facilities, among which three are test sites, offered by 28 research centres located in nine European countries.

General Info
headquarters

EMSO ERIC
Rome, Italy

legal status
type

distributed

TIMELINE & ESTIMATED COSTS
Interconnections
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