Preparations for the next MedGOOS Annual meeting are underway. This year the MedGOOS
members are meeting on 18th March in Nicosia, Cyprus under the kind invitation of
George Zodiatis from the Cyprus Oceanography Centre, University of Cyprus. The
meeting will be held back to back to the MOON (Mediterranean Operational
Oceanography Network) assembly scheduled on 16-17th March. Click here to download the agenda.
One important item to be discussed in detail during the meeting is the
Al-Bahri project proposal that we wish to prepare as a joint MedGOOS-MOON initiative
with a full partnership from all the Mediterranean countries.
The name of 'Al-Bahri' derives from the Arabic word 'the sailor', is intended to use
the setting of the current EU integrated Maritime Policy (already in its first year
of implementation) as a basis. The project targets to use concrete actions from
operational oceanography to support the development of a coherent maritime policy in
the Mediterranean. The name of the project is very appropriate as it symbolises the
sailor, like the hero and mythical Sinbad, travelling along all the Mediterranean
shores and bringing the message of a single ocean for all, a sea that we need to
save and which provides the medium joining all peoples in their quest for the
peaceful progress in the region.
The key elements of the proposal are to:
- match the targets/deliverables set in the EU Integrated Maritime Policy
(especially the establishment of EMODNET) through the implementation of supportive
activities in collaboration and with the participation of all the Mediterranean
- showcase the support that operational oceanography can deliver to the conduction
of marine affairs in the Mediterranean through dedicated pilot
applications and demonstrators;
- deliver prototype tools (such as decision support systems) and applications
deriving from operational marine observations and forecasting, share and exchange
experiences that serve to promote the concept of a common management of the
Under this framework the project plans to undertake specific pilot implementations
in selected sites of non-EU countries.