Overview of the JERICO-RI


By 2030, the JERICO-RI will be the European gateway to long-term scientific observations and related services for European coastal marine systems at the convergence between the land, open ocean, and atmosphere; empowering European research excellence and expertise for the benefit of society.


The main purpose of JERICO-RI is to enable a sound understanding of the responses of coastal marine systems to natural and anthropogenic stressors. To do so, JERICO-RI adopts a systematic approach to monitor, observe, explore and analyse coastal marine systems in order to reach reliable information of their structuration and functioning in the context of global change. JERICO- RI encompasses the whole range of environmental sciences, technologies, and data sciences. It achieves observations at global, regional and local scales, through the implementation of a set of complementary platforms and multidisciplinary observation systems.


JERICO-RI is an integrated pan-European multidisciplinary and multiplatform research infrastructure dedicated to a holistic appraisal of coastal marine system changes. It is seamlessly bridging existing continental, atmospheric and open ocean RIs, thus filling a key gap in the ESFRI landscape. JERICO-RI establishes the framework upon which coastal marine systems are observed, analysed, understood, and forecasted. JERICO-RI enables open access to state-of-the-art and innovative facilities, resources, FAIR data, and fit-for-purpose services, fostering international science collaboration.

  • JERICO-RI contributes to a better understanding of the functioning of coastal marine systems and thus to a better assessment of their changes caused by the combined effects of natural and anthropogenic changes.
  • By doing so it contributes to an efficient management of major ecosystem services and environmental risks, leading to an improved knowledge framework for sustainable development in coastal areas and the emergence of a dynamic coastal blue economy.

The values of the JERICO-RI community

A strong joint effort at EU level to harmonise observations, from the sensors to the data analysis, to provide top quality data, supporting excellence in research, stands in several key values as referred in Farcy et al., 2019:

  • Scientific Excellence: Scientifically sound multidisciplinary observations of physical, chemical and biological parameters, and in the innovation in key areas of biogeochemical observing technologies, are needed to meet the complex scientific challenges in the coastal seas.
  • Harmonisation: Reliability, compatibility, and reusability of the pan-European coastal observation data may be obtained only through a strong joint effort at the EU level to harmonise observations, from the sensors to the data analysis
  • Co-creation: Synergy and collaboration enhance the efficiency and power of the coastal community.
  • Collaboration:  Effective collaboration with all environmental RIs is important to take a  holistic approach to the ocean environment, from the coastline to the open sea, as a global ecosystem.
  • Openness: Provision of FAIR data and free access to systems are the measures of RI effectiveness.
  • Prospectivity:  Clear foresight and an understanding of the need for changes are needed to keep the RI at the state of the art.
  • User-driven: RIs need to be service-orientated to support stakeholders and users.
  • Equality of opportunities: RIs are for everyone.
  • Common future: Our joint marine environment must be protected, and coastal RIs have a big role to play.