Short name: HCMR
Contact name:  George Petihakis
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HCMR is a governmental research centre operating under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (Greek Ministry of Education). It has the mandate to promote basic research in all fields of the aquatic environment and to deliver comprehensive scientific and technical support to the public. It is composed of three institutes: Oceanography, Marine Biological Resources & Inland Waters, Marine Biology, Genetics &Aquaculture. HCMR operates the 62m R/V Aegaeo, the 23m R/V Filia, four ROVs, the manned submersible THETIS, as well as two aquariums in Crete and Rhode Islands.

Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

HCMR will be actively involved in the project activities. In more detail, through the experience and participation in international bodies it will lead WP5 on Data Management, considering the experience and the capacity building since 2010 – HCMR is responsible for the Mediterranean Data Portal for all real-time data. It will also lead together with IFREMER WP3 on Technology and Methodology Developments while it will have an active role in WP1 Integrated Science Strategy and Governance from local to European Scales, WP2 Harmonisation of technologies and methodologies: technical strategy, WP4 Valorisation with synthesis cases. Furthermore it will contribute to the project infrastructure (WP6 & WP7) with the existing coastal nodes of the POSEIDON system (Fixed Platforms and Ferry Box) while a new strategically placed coastal Fixed Platform will be also established in the gulf of Heraklion.

Tasks attributed to HCMR in the project:

Leader of WP3 & WP5

Leader of the tasks: 1.5, 2.2, 2.6, 3.4

Participant in tasks: 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Relevant Projects- previous and existing:

EuroSITES, acted towards the integration and enhancement of the existing European open-ocean observational capacity to encompass the ocean interior, seafloor and subseafloor. It has established a more reliable ocean observatory network with common funding streams and data management systems.

MyOcean, The MyOcean, MyOcean2 and MyOcean follow-on projects, have been designed to prepare and to lead the demonstration phases of the future Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service.

Euro-Argo-PP, Euro-Argo having been endorsed by the ESFR (European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures), the Preparatory Phase Project main objective was to organize and consolidate the European contribution and to set up a research infrastructure in support of the global Argo program.

JERICO, main challenge is to increase the coherence and the sustainability of the dispersed coastal observing infrastructures by addressing their future within a shared pan-European framework.

FixO3, the FixO3 seeks to integrate European open ocean fixed-point observatories and to improve access to these key installations for the broader community. These will provide multidisciplinary observations in all parts of the oceans from the air-sea interface to the deep seafloor.