The practical study of the sea has in the last two decades leaped forward along with the advancement in science and technology, improved sensors to observe the sea by
MAMA is expected to build on, strengthen and extend this network to all the Mediterranean states. The strength of MAMA lies in its 32 participants coming from all the riparian countries and from renowned marine institutions.
The aims of MAMA are centred on the trans-national pooling of scientific and technological resources through the sharing of experiences and the transfer of expertise, to bring capacities at comparable levels, and provide an integrated effort towards the planning and design of the initial ocean observing and forecasting system in the Mediterranean. The focus will be on the sustainable use of the coastal zone. MAMA will also interact with end-users and work in the whole basin to raise awareness on the benefits of ocean forecasting with dissemination of results and products.