2nd JERICO-NEXT Newsletter


Winter 2016

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2nd ISSUE – JERICO-Next, Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observaTories

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“EMSO-Molène”, coastal cabled observatory deployed in Iroise sea  Image credit: Yves GLADU

We are very pleased to send you the latest updates on coastal observatories and JERICO-Next activities. Last few months efforts were focused on the 1st call of Trans-National Access, the establishment of an User Engagement Panel, the Science strategy & Governance strategy and on the valorisation through applied joint research activities.

Focus on User Engagement Panel
The User Panel is intended to create a dynamic communication channel with key users representing the public and policy makers as well as operational communities that focus on research, education and from within the industry sector. The main target of the Panel is to establish an effective mechanism linking the project to beneficiaries and
ensuring that the JERICO-RI products to be defined will fit the needs of users and stakeholders. The members, individually and collectively, participate directly and have a pro-active role in the derivation of knowledge and applications from the JERICO-NEXT products, including provision of feedback and assessments to enhance the relevance of the project scopes.
We wish you a pleasant and fruitful reading!
Adam Gauci and Patrick Farcy


JERICO-Next main achievements

JERICO-Next Trans-National Access: from the first to the second call

The first Trans-National Access (TNA) call, launched by JERICO-Next last May, ended with the  Selection Panel meeting which was held in Bordeaux, France, on September 7, 2016. Six out of twelve submitted TNA projects were selected and will be supported by JERICO-Next.

The second call will be launched in February 2017 (instead of May 2017).

more info

The Acqua Alta Oceanographic Tower of CNR ISMAR
The Acqua Alta Oceanographic Tower of CNR ISMAR (photo credits: Polizia di Stato)

Science strategy & Governance strategy workshops: Two key meetings with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of JERICO-Next were organized in Bordeaux (France) on September 7th & 8th. The Governance strategy meeting took place on Tuesday 7th focused on exchanging experience with research infrastructures similar to JERICO-RI, in the USA and Australia. The meeting was led by Ingrid Puillat (Scientific coordinator of JERICO-Next) with the support of key-contributors to JERICO-Next strategy work package (WP1) and the Joint Research Activity Projects leaders (WP4 – JRAPs). 

The Science strategy meeting was held the next day, with focus on the integration of the progresses achieved in the JRAPs into the elaboration of a science strategy for the JERICO-RI, with the support from the STAC.

Plankton workshop 3-2
Picture: The workshop included a visit to a mussel farm in Tångesund on the Swedish Skagerrak coast. Photo credit: Bengt Karlson.
JERICO-Next Workshop on Automated Plankton Observation

The second JERICO-Next plankton workshop was arranged in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 27-30 September 2016. Eighteen participants took part in the workshop. more info
In the framework of the SEA TECH WEEK international event, JERICO-Next has organized two WP2 workshops. On Monday 10th October, Dave Sivyer from CEFAS (UK) has presented a meeting on “Harmonizing new network sensors” which is the task 2.4 of the project (more info). On Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th October, a workshop on “Calibration and Assessment” was leading by Florence Salvetat from Ifremer. She also organized a visit of Ifremer facilities with 40 persons (more info). 

JERICO-Next ongoing progress

Advances on JERICO-Next valorisation through applied joint research

North Sea cruise on the CEFAS Endeavour (UK) 21-28 June 2016

In the framework of WP3 and WP4 (JRAP#1), Machteld Rijkeboer from Rijkswaterstaat (NL) took part in a North Sea cruise on the Cefas Endeavour (UK) between 21st and 28th of June 2016. The aim of the work was to determine the diversity of the phytoplankton with a semi-automatic system including two Cytosense flow cytometers connected to a ferrybox. more info

Machteld Rijkeboer on board of the Cefas Endeavour working with the 2 flow cytometers

IMG_0497 photo Lars Arneborg
Picture: An ADCP current meter. Photo by Bengt Karlson.
Multi-disciplinary algal bloom study in the Skagerrak (JRAP#1)

Novel instrumentation for observing the phytoplankton diversity or algal blooms are used in work packages 3 and 4. There are activities in the Baltic Sea, the Kattegat-Skagerrak, the North Sea-English channel and in the western Mediterranean Sea. In the Skagerrak area East of the North Sea a survey of algal blooms to study the diversity of phytoplankton has been carried out from August to October 2016. more info 

Main advances in the study of Coastal carbon fluxes and biogeochemical cycling (JRAP#5)

JRAP#5 is preparing a campaign for an intensive period starting in March 2017. The observation plan will be detailed in December 2016 – January 2017. At FMI & SYKE, new instruments have been tested for continuous pH and pCO2 measurements. In addition, methods for analyzing DIC and alkalinity from discrete water samples have been taken into use. more info

Bouée JRAP#5
Picture: Observation platform on the Cretan Sea
Pagure II
Picture: Pagure II during test campaign in pond
Pagure II device was tried out in the Bay of Brest 

From 16 till 20 October 2016, the submarine imaging Pagure II device was tried out in the bay of Brest during a dedicated campaign aboard the Thalia (Fishery Research Vessel). Developed within the framework of JERICO-Next and FFP GALION programs, the Pagure II will allow to facilitate the observation of sea bed and associated biodiversity. more info 

Upcoming JERICO-Next events

12th-13th December 2016, Issy-les-Moulineaux (France): On December, the Steering Committee will meet for the second time this year in Issy-les-Moulineaux. This meeting will be hosted by Ifremer at its headquarters. 

13th-14th December 2016, Issy-les-Moulineaux (France): The WP2 key-contributors are organizing a two-day workshop dedicated to the task 2.4 which focus on “Harmonizing new network sensors”. This event will start right after the Steering Committee meeting at the same place. For more information see here is the agenda

20th February 2017: Opening of the second call for access to the JERICO-Next Coastal Observatories and Supporting Facilities (Trans-National Access).

13th-17th March 2017, Helsinki (Finland): The 1st General Assembly week of JERICO-Next will be held in Helsinki,  hosted by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th of March 2017. 

more info