Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System

Short name: SOCIB
Contact name:  Joaquin Tintoré
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SOCIB, the Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System, is a multi-platform observing and forecasting system, designed to respond to three key drivers: science, technology and society. It is funded by two institutional partners: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) and the Balearic Islands Government and is included in the Spanish Large Scale Infrastructures Programme.

SOCIB provides streams of oceanographic data and modelling services from coastal to opean sea areas to support operational oceanography at national, European and international levels. Data include both the systematic long-term measurements of the seas and their interpretation and dissemination, as well as the sustained supply of multi-disciplinary data to cover the needs of a wide range of scientific research and societal priorities, allowing for a quantitative increase in our understanding of key questions on oceans and climate change.

Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

WP1: SOIB contributes to the definition of a long term European Strategy on Coastal Research Infraestructures and in particular in task 1.4 on the interaction betwen JERICO 2 and other international observing networks

WP5: SOCIB is actively involved in WP5 and will provide its expertise in data management and quality control (i.e., HF radar, glider). In particular it will be responsible for Task 5.6 related to Quality Assessment procedures on gliders data collection.

WP6: SOCIB proposes the use and Access to the VA framework of the fixed stations (deep and coastal moorings) and the HF Radar Facility all managed through SOCIB Data Center Facility

WP7: SOCIB proposes the use of its glider fleet in the TNA framework to researchers to address key scientific top level priorities, contribute to technology development and respond to society needs.

WP8: SOCIB will participate actively in this WP, related to the development of educational meterial for schools. The ‘follow the glider’ initiative carried out in JERICO will be continued and extended.

Relevant Projects- previous and existing

MYOCEAN and MYOCEAN2: Prototype Operational Continuity for GMES Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Service. FP7/GMES. 2010-2014. Responsible for satellite altimetry and mesoscale studies as well as for regional operational studies and science contributions to increase model skills.

JERICO: “Towards a joint European research infrastructure network for coastal observatories”. FP7. 2011-2014. Responsible for establishing glider state of the art procedures and developing real time outreach material: “Follow the glider”.

GROOM: “Gliders for research, Ocean Observation and Management”. FP7 (IN2012). 2012-2015. Responsible for quality control and validation procedures in gliders and glider ports in Europe.

PERSEUS, Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas. FP7. 2012-2015. Responsible for WP3: “New Observing Systems”, coordinating the multi-platform approach and data management from a team of 21 partners in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

MEDSEA_CHECKPOINT. EMODNET (European Marine Observation and Data Network) MedSea . EC-DG MARE. 2013-2016. Responsible for challenge on “Climate and Coastal Protection”, data sources and methodologies including the development of products and services and dissemination of analysed data.


Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System

ParcBit, Isaac newton, Edificio Naorte. Bloque A

07121, Palma