One of the objectives of MARS is to establish links with other relevant networks.

In 2018 this activity gets an extra impetus, since Dr. Christos Arvanitidis (IMBBC-HCMR), Member of the MARS executive board, got a prominent position in the JERICO NEXT project as the task leader “1.3 Interaction with biology and biogeochemistry infrastructures and consortia”.

One of his first actions will be to establish a firm link between JERICO NEXT and MARS. There are several mutual objectives and both networks surely will benefit from this.


As a follow-up of the FP7 project JERICO, one of the objectives of the research infrastructure JERICO NEXT is to strengthen and enlarge a solid and transparent European network in providing operational services for the timely, continuous and sustainable delivery of high quality environmental data and information products related to marine environment in European coastal seas.

It will focus on producing a long term strategy for the development and integration of coastal observatories in Europe, including observations of the physical, chemical and biological compartments, with the objective both to address the present and future scientific questions and to meet the societal challenges related to coastal regions.

In order to enhance the integration of marine biology with physical and chemical oceanology, some specific interactions are planned with other relevant European and international ocean observing systems and infrastructures that provide complementary observations of biological (task 1.3) and /or physical, chemical (task 1.4) parameters.

Task 1.3 aims at establishing operational functioning links with existing consortia, communities, projects and organizations coordinating biological and/or biogeochemical RIs of relevance to JERICO. Close interactions and mechanisms for exchange of know-how, best practices, and alignment of strategies with biology and biochemistry scientific communities and infrastructures will be established. These encompass EMBRC, EMBOS, MARS, ICOS, LifeWatch, and GOA-on in particular.

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