The final meeting of the Mediterranean network to Assess and upgrade the Monitoring and forecasting Activity in the region (MAMA) project was held in Tunisia from the 07th to 09th March 2005 at the Hotel Africa, Tunis.
During the three year course of the MAMA project a great deal has been achieved in favour of operational oceanography in the Mediterranean. The project has also served to strengthen the linkages between the project partners representing marine research institutes from each of the riparian countries. It has also given a new impetus to the MedGOOS Association and has delivered training, awareness and planning for the future.
The fact that this meeting was held in a North African country has a symbolic value to underline the pan-Mediterranean co-operation. It is a very positive opportunity for MedGOOS to grow and establish further collaboration and harmonisation in the marine sciences amongst all Mediterranean countries.
During the meeting, an overview of the work conducted during the past 3 years was outlined and the key MAMA deliverables and achievements presented. The prospects for the future were also discussed in the light of the outcome of the final meeting of the 10 years plan for ‘Earth Observations’ to be presented in Brussels in February 2005. The aim is to consider these outcomes in order to enhance the role of Europe for international cooperation in the Mediterranean.
The 5th meeting of the Mediterranean network to Assess and upgrade the Monitoring and forecasting Activity in the region (MAMA) project was held in Malta from the 27th to 30th January 2004.
In this meeting, the work conducted during the fourth six-month period of the project was reported and assessed in detail. There were dedicated session for each workpackage in which the WP leaders reported on the progress in their activities, discussed important scientific topics as well as finalised a schedule for the 25-36 month period.
During this MAMA meeting three additional events marked important project milestones. These consisted of:
the WP2/4 Expert Meeting , targeting to provide a forum for expert inputs and views related to the design of a Mediterranean initial observing and forecasting system with basin and coastal scale components.
the Workshop on Marine Data and Information Management (MDIM) , targeting to present the state-of-the-art and future look in MD&IM for the Mediterranean (refer to the attached document for more details and preliminary agenda).
developments on the Coastal Erosion Protection and ICZM Guidance Demonstrator (CEROSPIG).
A half-day Seminar Trends in Marine Research and related developments – a challenge for Malta and its role in the Mediterranean, was also held in conjunction with the 5th MAMA meeting. The seminar gave an overview on the key issues and trends in Malta concerning marine research and related developments in marine affairs, within the context of international drivers, and with a viewpoint on the potential role of our country in the Mediterranean. Serving as a marine forum for sharing, amalgamating and concretising ideas as well as for synergising initiatives, the seminar produced important insights on the pace of research and innovation needed to gear our marine sector towards a viable future, on some key emerging and prospective opportunities, and on the best strategy to reach set goals. The seminar also addressed Malta's needs to establish its marine environmental monitoring programme including a coastal sea operational observing system to fully comply to its environmental obligations as a new EU member.
The 4th meeting of the Mediterranean network to Assess and upgrade the Monitoring and forecasting Activity in the region (MAMA) project was held in Rome from the 3rd to 6th June 2003.
In this meeting, the work conducted during the third six-month period of the project was reported and assessed in detail. There were dedicated session for each workpackage in which the WP leaders reported on the progress in their activities, discussed important scientific topics as well as finalised a schedule for the 19-24 month period.
During this MAMA meeting two additional events marked important project milestones. These consisted of:
(i) the WP2 Expert Meeting, conducted by ENEA, dealt with the scientific assessment of routine ocean monitoring systems in the Mediterranean, and planning the optimal design of the initial ocean observing system in the region, integrating open sea and coastal systems.
(ii) Launch of the CEROSPIG Demonstrator, a web-based demonstration tool developed within WP8 of the MAMA project, targeting to provide guidance and information on Integrated Coastal Zone Management and on protection from coastal erosion.
A half-day National Awareness Meeting for Italy was also held in conjunction with the 4th MAMA meeting. The main scope of the meeting was to familiarize the relevant Italian national and regional authorities and institutions with the MAMA network and its participating organisations, in view of the full day National Awareness Meeting to be organised in the coming months.
meeting of the Mediterranean network to Assess and upgrade the Monitoring and
forecasting Activity in the region (MAMA) is scheduled for the 1st, 2nd
and 5th December 2002 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Athens. Please note the
time and duration of the sessions as follows :
The MAMA participants met for the two-day meeting at the International Marine Centre in Oristano. The agenda of the first day of the meeting consisted of presentations by the WP leaders on the work done in each WP during the first six months of the project. The activities of each WP task/subtask was assessed and a summary of the main achievements was shared with all partners.
The second day was dedicated to WP technical meetings. WP leaders presented the work programme for the second six month period and a list of actions were agreed upon together with the schedule up to December 2002. The fine tuning of the activities was made with contributions from all the partners.
The meeting was attended by the group of experts working on the MAMA WWW. The structure of the website was defined on the concept of a shared system and with the aim of strengthening the MAMA network while providing an image and link for MedGOOS to outsiders, end-users and the general public. The MAMA website is to be developed using state-of-the-art technology on the basis of a dynamic content management system with a multiple author environment and providing a community portal to partners. The structure of the MAMA website was agreed to be composed of three main levels: the general website, to serve the needs of the project as a whole and open a window to outsiders; the WP sections, to serve the needs of each WP separately; and the Partner Pages, where MAMA partners will be allowed to publish material related to MAMA/MedGOOS.
Partners representing the major marine institutes and agencies from all the Mediterranean countries met at the UNESCO/IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) Headquarters in Paris from 11 – 13th March for the kick-off meeting of MAMA.
The meeting was officially opened by Patricio Bernal, Executive Director of IOC. In his words, MAMA is pioneering the implementation of GOOS by an unprecedented effort and novel approach that will put the region at the forefront of operational oceanography.
The mission and history of the MedGOOS, and the scope and general aims of the MAMA Project were presented. The participants were familiarized with the technical details of the various work packages to be implemented in the project.
A member from each participating institute gave a short presentation, including a profile of the organisation and a brief on the organisational structure of marine research and marine affairs in their respective country.
The second day of the meeting served to fine tune the implementation of the project. Details on methodology and work schedules were presented and discussed for each of the nine workpackages composing MAMA.