Description of the Project
Malta MedGLOSS Station MedGLOSS
is an IOC/CIESM pilot project that is building an operational sea
level monitoring network system for systematic measurements in the
Mediterranean and Black Seas. The system is based on the basic GLOSS
requirements and methodology, aiming to provide for the first time
a high quality standardized data on sea level in near real-time
with a coverage along the Mediterranean and Black Sea basins.
is a project funded under the IV Framework Programme of the EU.
MFSPP has demonstarted the feasibility of a Mediterranean operational
system for predictions of physical and biochemical parameters in
the whole basin and coastal/shelf areas, and for the time scales
of weeks to months. The main workpackages focussed on the improvement
of the ocean general circulation model for the Mediterranean, with
assimilation of real time data. The numerical modelling effort was
also aimed t downscale the hydrodynamics from basin to shelf scale
through a hierarchy of successively embedded model domains.
Ocean forecasts were made by a nowcasting / forecasting
modelling system that relies on data
satellite (sea level anomaly and sea surface temperature) and temperature)
and from ocean upper layer temperatures collected by voluntary observing
ships. A prototype deep sea buoy was deployed in the Cretan Sea.
MFSPP also developed interfaces to user communities for dissemination
of forecast results.
The Mediterranean ocean Forecasting
System: Toward Environmental Predictions (MFSTEP) Starting in 2003 is
a continuation of MFSPP. The aim is to improve monitoring technology to
achieve maximum reliability, to demonstrate the feasibility of regional
scale forecasting in several Mediterranean areas, to develop biochemical
modelling and data assimilation towards environmental predictions and
to start the development of end-user interfaces for the exploitation of
the project products. The problems addressed are: technological developments
for real time monitoring, the provision of protocols for data dissemination,
including telecommunication and quality control; scientific development
to improve numerical models, the design and implementation of data assimilation
schemes at different spatial scales, the ecosystem modeling validation/calibration
at the coastal and basin scales and the development of data assimilation
techniques for biochemical data; exploitation developments, consisting
of software interfaces between forecast products and oil spill modeling,
general contaminant dispersion models, relocatable emergency systems,
search and rescue models and fish stock observing systems.
MEDAR/MEDATLAS II, the Mediterranean Data
Archaeology and Rescue of Temperature, Salinity and Bio-chemical Parameters
|The objective of the MEDAR/MEDATLAS
II project (1998-2001) is to rescue, safeguard and make available
a comprehensive data set of oceanographic parameters collected in
the Mediterranean and Black Sea, through a wide co-operation of the
Mediterranean and Black Sea countries. Bio-chemical observations dispersed
in the scientific laboratories
are compiled, checked
for quality, processed to get climatological gridded statistics
and distributed through user friendly software tools.
The tasks are co-ordonated within regional and thematic
workpackages. It is expected that the resulting database will be of widespread
benefit to research, industrial and monitoring programmes of the Mediterranean
and Black seas regions. It will also contribute to data management capacity
building through enhanced data exchange, workshops and training on quality
control, data processing and mapping.
MEDAR/MEDATLAS is a European MAST/INCO concerted action
and a regional contribution to UNESCO/IOC Global Ocean Data Archaeology
and Rescue (GODAR) project.
Sea Search initiative is undertaken as a Concerted Action under the
EU 5th Framework programme and comprises the organisation of a European
cooperative network for oceanographic data & information management.
This network will operate in a coherent and operational mode to strengthen
the quality, service and overall performance of ocean and marine data
& information management in Europe, both on a national and international
level. There are 16 European Sea-Search partners, from 14 coastal
states including Malta.