TalTech recover the Keri cable bottom profiling station in the Baltic Sea.

The Division of Marine Physics (DMP) at TalTech recently recovered the Keri cabled bottom profiling station, part of the Gulf of Finland Pilot Supersite of JERICO-RI. The Keri profiling station is deployed on the seabed at 110 m depth year-round. The autonomous profiler regularly samples the water column from the bottom to the sea surface several times a day. The station is expected to be deployed back to the sea after maintenance in February 2021. In addition, near bottom nutrient analysers wer… Read more »

AQUACOSM-plus Call for Transnational Access on the MEDIMEER infrastructure

JERICO-S3 is pleased to publicise the Announcement of Transnational Access of AQUACOSM-plus European project on MEDIMEER infrastructure. This marine in situ mesocosm experiment, which will be carried out in the Pilot Supersite of North-Western Mediterranean Sea, will also serve to improve synergies between Jerico-S3 (Marine coastal observatories, facilities, expertise and data for Europe) observing community and AQUACOSM-plus mesocosm experimenting community. It is opened from 09 February and wi… Read more »

Year’s first “CANALES” oceanographic cruise by the research vessel SOCIB

During the first week of February 2021, the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB) has performed the oceanographic campaign “CANALES WINTER 2021” on board the Research Vessel SOCIB (R/V SOCIB). This campaign is part of the SOCIB “CANALES” endurance line and is also a contribution to JERICO-S3 EU funded infrastructure project. The aim is to further deepen the knowledge of state and variability of the Balearic Sea, consolidating and further developing scientific research… Read more »

SOCIB starts a new glider mission in the Balearic Sea

The first 2021 CANALES mission started last month with the successful launch of the G3 glider from the waters between Cala Figuera and the Dragonera Island. The Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB) has launched the glider sdeep06 for the GFMR0109 mission, as part of the SOCIB permanent “CANALES” endurance line in the Balearic Sea. The field team aboard the Zodiac Hurricane 920, SOCIB I, has conducted the procedure of launching the glider without technical complicatio… Read more »

Best practices in flow cytometry questionnaire launched

Join our effort! In JERICO-S3, we continue our efforts towards measuring synchronously different variables (especially biogeochemistry and biology) and filling observational gaps in under-sampled areas to understand phytoplankton dynamics and distribution in coastal waters. Our task is to improve the readiness of ship-based and autonomous platform observing networks by guaranteeing their robustness, reliability, and long-term sustainability. A questionnaire (not longer than 15 minutes to fill) a… Read more »

Implementation of the Hidrografico+ web portal

During the first semester of 2020 Instituto Hidrográfico (IH, partner 19) completed the main stages of implementation of the Hidrografico+ ( ), the new web portal that will be used to provide user access to data, numerical forecasts and other information. Developed and implemented by IH and Deimos, the Hidrografico+ web portal will be vehicle to JERICO-S3 Virtual Access to data collected by the real time monitoring infrastructure MONIZEE, operated by IH. At the pre… Read more »

Jerico S3 Transnational Access call Press Release

The Jerico Research Infrastructure ( wishes to announce that the first of 3 Transnational Access funding calls to support a wide range of marine researchers by giving free of charge access to high-quality infrastructures and support services at unique multi-disciplinary marine coastal sites will be closing on November 16th 2020 @5pm CET Successful applicants will be able to carry out first-class experiments on multi-disciplinary, multi-platform coastal observing systems thus ma… Read more »

Instituto Hidrografico deploy new offshore multi-parametric buoy, Sines (SW Portugal)

A new oceanic monitoring station using multi-sensor platform is supplying data, augmenting the Hidrografico and JERICO Research Infrastructure (JERICO-RI) capabilities. On the 29 April 2020, a team from Instituto Hidrografico (IH), Portugal, deployed a new multi-parametric buoy offshore from Sines, off the southwest coast of the Portuguese mainland. The mission was conducted by a team from IH onboard NRP “Almirante Gago Coutinho” during one of the regular missions for maintenance of the multi-pa… Read more »

COVID-19: Why Multidisciplinary Environmental Research Matters

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak certainly is the most pressing issue our society is facing at the moment. We should redirect all our efforts on combating the spread of the disease, the treatment of already infected patients, and on the research scrambling to understand the disease better and to find a cure or vaccine against it. European Environmental Research Infrastructures organized in the ENVRI cluster ( cannot assist directly in tackling these burning issues but we can help und… Read more »

The H2020 project JERICO-S3 Launches 1st February 2020

The series of EU-funded JERICO projects starts a third edition with the launch of the JERICO-S3 project. JERICO-S3: From 1st February 2020 to 31st January 2024 JERICO-S3 will provide a state-of-the-art, fit-for-purpose and visionary observational Research Infrastructure (RI), expertise and high-quality data on European coastal and shelf seas. The project will support world-class research, high-impact innovation and a window of European excellence worldwide. It will be structured regionally aroun… Read more »

PHYTO-OPS: a tool for visualisation of phytoplankton data from FerryBox, HPLC and flow cytometry Phytoplankton are the basis of the marine ecosystem and as such in-situ data on phytoplankton abundance, biomass and community composition are vital for scientific understanding of ecosystem processes, ecosystem assessments and validation of modelling and earth observation data. Over the last few years, biological sensors have been developed and deployed successfully on buoys, research vessels, container ships and ferries. These measure the diversity… Read more »

Benthic Non Native Species Tool is now available!

Benthic Non Native Species Tool is now available! ( Many marine stakeholders need to assess NNS distribution, including offshore developers (biosecurity plans), government (for purposes of MSFD assessment in descriptor 2) and the public. The non-native species tool provides a simple, up-to-date means of assessing NNS distribution. Developed during JERICO-NEXT, the Benthic Non-Native Species (NNS) tool uses the R-shiny application. It allows users… Read more »

Management and integration of biological data collected in JERICO-Next

Paula Oset, Simon Claus, Klaas Deneudt, Elisabeth Debusschere An important objective of JERICO-Next has been to promote a stronger integration of biological data within the observation networks in order to address pelagic and benthic biodiversity questions. This biological information can be gathered with established methods but also with innovative observation techniques capable of delivering operational (near real-time) data. Part of the work package on data management (WP5) in JERICO-Next foc… Read more »

Improved radar DA technology for biochemical transport analysis

J. Schulz-Stellenfleth (HZG), E. Jansen (CMCC) The accurate estimation and forecast of biochemical transports in the coastal ocean is a key factor for the understanding of ecological processes and the optimisation of decision processes in coastal management. Due to the spatially heterogeneous structure of most coastal seas, the respective current fields are usually complex and often contain a large variety of small-scale features, which are relevant for many applications. Today’s state of the ar… Read more »

Transnational Access activities at NIVA’s Research Station

At the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019, NIVA hosted two Transnational Access (TNA) activities at NIVA’s Research Station at Solbergstrand (NRS). NRS is located about 40 km south of Oslo on the eastern rocky shores of the Oslo fjord. Nearby is the small coastal village of Drøbak – sleepy during the winter and bustling during the long, warm days of summer. There are 10 laboratories at NRS that include one recently refurbished wet lab which hosted both TNA activities: Intercomparison of instrumen… Read more »

More data available from new FerryBox routes under JERICO-NEXT Virtual access.

Dr. Gisbert Breitbach, Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Within the framework of the JERICO-NEXT EU project, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) has recently upgraded the FerryBox database for permanent routes to an European FerryBox database ( Besides the previously already existing routes, including Hurtigrouten (IMR/Norway), Helsinki-Travemünde (SYKE/Finland) and Peraues-Irakleion (HCMR/Greece) three new routes performed by NIVA/Norway hav… Read more »

DEFPAM-G Experiment Started – Glider U567 “SDEEP04” – JERICO-NEXT-TNA 3rd-Call

Marta Bolgan1, Eric Parmentier1 ,Marc Torner2, Albert Miralles2, Manu Rubio2, Pau Balaguer2, Verónica Ortiz2, Joaquín Tintoré2 1 Laboratory of Functional and Evolutionary Morphology (Department of Biology, Ecology & Evolution), FOCUS, AFFISH-RC, Institut de Chimie B6c, University of Liège, 4000 Liège, Belgium, 2 SOCIB (Sistema d’Observació Costaner de les Illes Balears), Parc Bit, Naorte, Bloc A 2ºp. pta,  3 Palma de Mallorca SPAIN. E-07121. Tel: +034 971 43 99 98. CIF: Q0700535H The DEFPAM-… Read more »


FOULSTOP: Ifremer system deployed at Obsea-UPC This project consist to test in the Mediterranean sea environment an innovative technique to protect optical windows that are part of optical oceanographic sensors or more generally part of optical devices like underwater cameras and lights. The biofouling protection is achieved by a conductive layer that coats the optical window and is used to generate very low quantity of hypochlorous acid by controlled in situ chlorination of seawater. link  http… Read more »

SOCIB adds value to its open source tool for processing glider data by developing a service for glider data processing from external users

SOCIB Data Center has developed a pilot service for glider data processing from external users. The service is accessible through a web interface and relies on the SOCIB Glider toolbox. The SOCIB glider toolbox ( has proven to be a reliable and efficient software to process glider data. It produces international standards such as EGO and it will soon incorporate automatic QC of the data. SOCIB is now exploring the possibilities of providing this service op… Read more »

2 Temporary Section Manager Vacancies at the Marine Institute, Ireland

Temporary Section Manager – Oceanographic & Climate Services Location: Marine Institute, Oranmore, Co. Galway, Ireland Summary of the Role The Section Manager will lead OS work with MI and other agencies and Higher Education Institutes at national and international level and work with colleagues and other partners as appropriate in supporting and developing new research and service-development projects funded through national, EU and other sources. The Section Manager will lead the developme… Read more »

Assessment of maerl beds by the new version of SpiArcBase.

Maerl beds refer to the accumulation of unattached calcareous coralline algae. They are composed of living and dead thalii forming an ‘underwater carpet’. Considered as biodiversity “hotspot” sheltering many and varied marine species, they are an important carbon-storing habitat. Within the EU project JERICO-Next (VA) the new version of SpiArcBase (V2.0) ( has been developed to assess maerl beds while measuring different features: mean and total maerl-wate… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT Malta Summer course completed (June 2018)

37 participants from 13 EU countries and 14 non-EU countries followed a one-week summer school in Malta organised by the JERICO-NEXT H2020 pan-European project. The course entitled “Operational Oceanography for Blue Growth” was planned and run by the Physical Oceanography Research Group of the University of Malta, and co-ordinated by Prof. Aldo Drago. The course aimed to empower participants to source, interpret, and merge available environmental data from the coastal area, and to acquire the ke… Read more »

JERICO-RI: progress toward an automated detection of phytoplankton in European coastal areas

JERICO-NEXT poster presentation at the 4th Blue Planet Symposium, 4-6 July 2018, Toulouse, France. Abstract Puillat I.* (LOPS-Ifremer, FR); Artigas L. F. & Louchart A (CNRS-LOG, FR); Creach V. (CEFAS, UK); Debusschere E. (VLIZ, B), Rijkeboer M. (RWS, NL); Marrec P. & Thyssen M. (CNRS-MIO, FR); Karlson B. (SMHI, SW) and JERICO-NEXT partners. JERICO-RI, the Joint European Research Infrastructure of Coastal Observatories integrates several observing platform types i.e. fixed buoys, piles, m… Read more »

JERICO-RI: progress for hydrography and transport products in Europe

JERICO-NEXT poster presentation at the 4th Blue Planet Symposium, 4-6 July 2018, Toulouse, France. Abstract Puillat I.* (LOPS-Ifremer, FR); Rubio A. (AZTI, SP); Vitorino J. (IH, PT); Pairaud I. (Ifremer, FR); Davila X., Basurko O.C. & Caballero A. (AZTI, SP); Mourre B. (SOCIB, SP); Quentin C. (MIO, FR) and JERICO-NEXT partners. JERICO-RI, the Joint European Research Infrastructure of Coastal Observatories integrates several observing platform types i.e. fixed buoys, piles, moorings, drifters… Read more »

JERICO-RI, the Joint European Research Infrastructure of Coastal Observatories: overview and willingness for operational operation

JERICO-NEXT Presentation at the 4th Geo Blue Planet Symposium, 4-6 July 2018, Toulouse, France. Abstract Puillat I. (LOPS-Ifremer, FR); Farcy P. (Ifremer, FR); Durand D. (Covartec, NO); and JERICO-NEXT partners JERICO-RI, the Joint European Research Infrastructure of Coastal Observatories integrates several observing platform types i.e. fixed buoys, piles, moorings, drifters, Ferrybox, gliders, HF radars, coastal cable observatories and the associated technologies dedicated to the observation an… Read more »

From local support to worldwide dissemination – the experience gathered by the Nazare Canyon Observatory MONICAN (W Portugal).

JERICO-NEXT poster presentation at the 4th Blue Planet Symposium, 4-6 July 2018, Toulouse, France. Abstract João Vitorino, Walter Chicharro, Inês Martins, Nuno Zacarias, Pedro Pisco, Dino Casimiro, Ilmer Golde, Paul Mota, Carla Maurício, Sara Almeida Instituto Hidrográfico operates a real-time monitoring system for the Portuguese continental margin which comprises multi-parametric buoys, HF radars, wave buoys and coastal tide gauge stations. Between 2009 and 2011 those capacities were implemente… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT approach on high frequency phytoplankton observation

  JERICO-NEXT approach on high-frequency phytoplankton observation was presented by Dr. Luis Felipe Artigas, co-leader of the JRAP1, during the workshop on developing an implementation plan for a sustained, multidisciplinary global observing system of plankton communities (25 – 27 June 2018, Santa Cruz, United States). The workshop particularly aimed to: Build on the ideas of the IMSOO-Plankton discussions and craft detailed implementation plans for the Phytoplankton diversity and biomass a… Read more »

Deployment of the new underwater video system ‘Pagure-2’ to assess change of benthic biodiversity under the influence of the invasive species

The cruise ‘Pagure-Next’ (on R/V Thalia) was held in the Bay of Brest from 20th to 25th April 2018 to investigate with underwater imagery the ecological state of soft bottoms colonized by the slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata), an emblematic invasive gastropod. This kind of perturbation can affect the ecosystem structure and functioning, negatively or positively, depending of the users’ point of view (scientists, fishermen, etc.) and on the spatial scale at which this interaction is analysed (… Read more »

NIVA’s FerryBox data available for JERICO-NEXT Virtual Access

NIVA’s FerryBox data for three ships of opportunity (M/S Trollfjord – Norwegian coast, M/S Color Fantasy – North Sea, and M/S Norbjørn – Barents Sea) are available for JERICO-NEXT Virtual Access as of January 2018. Daily data can be downloaded by FTP from NIVA’s website ( Additionally, NIVA has developed digital touchscreen consoles to promote ocean literacy to provide educational information and near real-time ocean data… Read more »

Cefas’ Data Hub to host a search engine for over 100 Marine Protected Areas (MPA)

A selection of benthic fauna (Crown Copyright, R. Joliffe). The UK Government has been committed to conserving the biodiversity of marine fauna and flora in British waters since the Marine and Coastal Access Act, 2009. This has been enacted by protecting an ecologically coherent network of UK coastal areas from harmful human activities. As of May 2018, approximately 24% of UK waters are currently within Marine Protected Areas (an interactive map can be found in… Read more »

SOCIB will present “Follow the Glider” at the “Science for all 2018” Fair, 10-12 May 2018, University of the Balearic Islands Campus

SOCIB – Follow the Glider will be present at scientific fair “Science for all 2018” (Ciència per a tothom in Catalan) taking place from 10th to 12th of May in the University of the Balearic Islands Campus. The fair targets both to primary and secondary school students as well as the general public. This event aims to promote vocations in scientific careers and to bring science closer to society. Last year 5,000 students and teachers took part in it. SOCIB will attend the event with two stands fo… Read more »

INCREASE, Innovation and Networking for the integration of Coastal Radars into European mArine Services. Copernicus Service Evolution 1; Lot5. 2016-2018.

The accurate monitoring of surface transport, which is inherently chaotic and depends on the details of the surface velocity field at several scales, is key for the effective integrated management of coastal areas, where many human activities concentrate. This has been the driver for the growth of coastal observatories along the global ocean coasts. Among the different measuring systems, coastal High Frequency Radar (HFR) is the unique technology that offers the means to map ocean surface curren… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT Malta Summer School 2018: Operational Oceanography for Blue Growth

Application Deadline Extended to 7th June 2018 “Operational Oceanography for Blue Growth is a week long summer school organised by the JERICO-NEXT project, hosted by the University of Malta (Physical Oceanography Research Group, Department of Geosciences). It will be held from 9th-14th July 2018 and delivered by an international range of renowned experts.  Full details of the course are available here  

Le big wave surfing au Portugal

ARTE channel just released a documentary about the big waves in Nazaré which includes scientific knowledge about the Nazaré Canyon processes and the importance of MONICAN monitoring system ( for the German version) or for the French version). Extending more than 200 kilometers offshore the western coast of Portugal from abyssal depths in excess of 5000m to a few hundreds of m… Read more »

Real time monitoring of bivalve behaviour at the Underwater Node Helgoland, Germany

The TNA project ReMoBib deployed a specifically designed cage for 6 fully cabled bivalves in the Underwater Node Helgoland in Germany. The construction allows the bivalves to move up and down in the sediment and therefore behave as natural as possible while the sensors measure valve gape activity of each bivalve with a frequency of 1Hz. An online visualisation of the activity of the bivalves will be soon available on the NIOZ and AWI websites as means to raise awareness about sea life among the… Read more »


OS2.4 Oceanography at coastal scales. Modelling, coupling, observations and benefits from coastal Research Infrastructures On Monday 9th April, 08:30–12:00, Room 1.85 Convener: Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla  Co-Conveners: Sandro Carniel , Emil Stanev , Pablo Cerralbo , Davide Bonaldo , Ingrid Puillat , Laurent Delauney , Catherine Boccadoro  Considering the increase in human pressures on coastal systems, better monitoring, modelling and understanding of coastal dynamics are needed to tackle the comple… Read more »

Report of Joint WP2-WP5 workshop: Assimilating technical best practice improvements to optimise network data flow

Date: 05 October 2017 Place: Bergen, Norway The joint WP2-WP5 workshop was designed to examine the possibilities for closer collaboration between the above two WPs in order to better reconcile contrasts arising from differences in the way data are regarded by the project’s observing and data management components. During the workshop, the following kinds of data were targeted for attention: HF-radar data, data relating to biology based on optical measurements, data on the marine carbonate system… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT at the BlueMed Coordinators meeting in Malta, January 2018

The JERICO Research Infrastructure and the JERICO-NEXT project were presented at the BlueMed Coordinators meeting along with a number of other projects and initiatives across the Mediterranean. Collaborative work was carried out to further the aims and objects of the BlueMed project. The meeting was significant opportunity to work together for sharing vision and connect, integrating inputs not only to consolidate the SRIA, but also to envision future common trajectories. BlueMed is an R&I In… Read more »

Virtual access activity under JERICO-NEXT: first assessment

The objective of JERICO-NEXT consists of strengthening and enlarging the European network for the provision of operational services to deliver timely, continuous and sustainable high quality environmental data and information products related to the marine environment in European coastal seas. Under Horizon 2020, Virtual Access is a new activity in European-funded projects. As a part of this activity, JERICO-NEXT project supports 15 Virtual Infrastructures for making their data, and products ava… Read more »

SENTINEL-3 passes over ABACUS-4 glider

In the frame of JERICO-NEXT-TNA (2nd Call) program, ABACUS-4 mission, ESA’s SENTINEL-3 scientific satellite track #713 (for the 24th time since it was launched), flew over SOCIB’s glider, SDEEP04, on 21/Nov/2017 @21utc. This glider, deployed six days earlier, was at that instant sampling at the center of its programmed transect off the Southern coast of Mallorca that, to allow intercomparison and multi-platform sampling, corresponds to a segment of SENTINEL’s track #713. Whilst the satellite cov… Read more »

Evolving and Sustaining Ocean Best Practices

JERICO-NEXT representatives participated in a two-and-a-half-day workshop on “Evolving and Sustaining Ocean Best Practices” organised by The AtlantOS and ODIP Projects, JCOMMOCG and IODE. The Workshop took place at the IOC Offices, Paris, France from Wednesday 15th November to Friday 17th November 2017. The workshop focused on new approaches and recommend processes for archiving, discovering and accessing ocean observation best practices. This International Workshop included a series of presenta… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT’s Best Practices Workshop on “Assimilating Technical Best Practice improvements to optimize network data flow”

The JERICO-NEXT’s Best Practices Workshop on “Assimilating Technical Best Practice improvements to optimize network data flow” was a joint organization of project’s WP2 (leader: Rajesh Nair, OGS, Coleader: Wilhelm Petersen, HZG) and WP5 (leader: Leonidas Perivoliotis, HCMR, Coleader: Patrick Gorringe, EuroGOOS) and was held in Bergen, Norway on 5th of October 2017. The workshop was planned to examine the possibilities for closer collaboration between the above two WPs in order to better reconcil… Read more »

Pagure-2 a new towed underwater system

A new towed underwater video system (TUVS), called ‘Pagure-2’ has been developped by Ifremer thanks to the JERICO-NEXT project, in order to map habitats, describe biodiversity, and monitor ecological changes in coastal benthic ecosystems.   For this purpose, we modified an existing TUVS (‘Pagure’) to expand the range of accessible benthic habitats, to get more stable footage on irregular rocky bottoms, and to investigate fragile ecosystems (e.g., marine protected areas) where impact has to be li… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT presentation at the NeXOS Final General Assembly at PLOCAN GRAN CANARIA – 14th of September 2017

  During the NeXOS Final General Assembly at PLOCAN GRAN CANARIA on 14th of September 2017, Session 7 was dedicated to the topic « Beyond NeXOS » Two presentations were planned, JERICO-NEXT and EMSO. The JERICO-NEXT presentation focused on JERICO-NEXT general objectives, WP2 (Harmonisation of technologies and methodologies-technical strategy), WP3 (Innovations in Technology and Methodology) and on the JERICO-NEXT TNA 2018 call that is a great opportunity for sensors and systems developers t… Read more »

A new JERICO-RI paper on contaminants of emerging concern in the open sea waters of the Western Mediterranean

We are pleased to inform you that the new JERICO-RI paper on “Contaminants of emerging concern in the open sea waters of the Western Mediterranean” is now available online with the following link publication written by Miroslav Brumovský, Jitka Bečanová, Jiří Kohoutek, Mireno Borghini and Luca Nizzetto is dealing with pollution by chemical substances in the open surface waters of the Western Mediterranean Sea.

3rd newsletter

Summer 2017 Welcome to the JERICO-NEXT Newsletter 3rd ISSUE – JERICO-NEXT, Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observaTories” SLOCUM DEEP S1″ SOCIB glider facility deployed in the waters of Palma de Mallorca Image credit: SOCIB GLIDER TEAMWe are very pleased to send you the latest updates on coastal observatories and JERICO-NEXT activities.JERICO-NEXT Summer School 2017From 19 – 23 June the first JERICO-NEXT summer school… Read more »

Phytoplankton biodiversity investigated with novel methods

Water samples were collected using Niskin bottles mounted on a CTD rosette during the cruises in the Skagerrak in autumn 2016. Photo: Bengt Karlson. Phytoplankton from the study near a mussel farm on the Swedish Skagerrak coast in autumn 2016. The organism at the top left is Dinophysis acuta, a producer of Diarrhetic Shellfish Toxins. Photo: Bengt KarlsonJRAP1 has activities in several sea areas around Europe. In the Baltic Sea Ferrybox systems on ferries and merchant vessels are used to automat… Read more »

Consolidating the JERICO-NEXT observing network: first steps towards operational harmonization of new, promising technologies

The JERICO – NEXT project has coalesced a number of marine research infrastructures providing observations on Europe’s coastal seas at a local or national level into a pan-european network of coastal “observatories” that is enabling timely, continuous and sustainable delivery of high-quality environmental data and information products on European waters at the transnational level. Underpinning this integration is the strong effort that is being put into harmonizing technologies, methodologies an… Read more »

Investigating the hydrodynamics and related transport of phytoplankton and microplastics in the southeastern part of Bay of Biscay

Since Monday, a team of JERICO-NEXT has been investigating the hydrodynamics and related transport of phytoplankton and microplastics in the southeastern part of Bay of Biscay. Thanks to the collaboration between the LOPS lab of Ifremer, the Shom, the university of Littoral and Cote d’Opal (ULCO) and AZTI we are already able to see the strong variability of the hydrology with the MVP profiler trawled behind the ship and some phytoplankton species are identified in real time with the flow cytomet… Read more »

Transnational Access – The French Glider National Facility (GNF)

The French Glider National Facility (GNF) The French Glider National Facility (GNF) provides glider missions for the Transnational Access (TNA) of JERICO-NEXT. During 2017, GNF is involved in two projects, GliderSouth with the University of Malta and FinisGlider with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography. The French team prepared, deployed and piloted two Slocum gliders, Campe and Bonpland.Project GliderSouth for the University of MaltaThe main objective of GliderSouth Project was to sample… Read more »

Case study on marine contaminants – artificial sweeteners

The ubiquitous presence of artificial sweeteners in North European and Arctic coastal waters was discovered in the framework of the JRAP3 activities led by NIVA (Norway) thanks to the JERICO-NEXT project. JRAP3 deals with the assessment of distribution of man-made chemical pollutant in European coastal water and the biological responses they can induce. Through the FerryBox platforms included in the JERICO-RI infrastructure we have conducted an extensive monitoring campaign covering over 3000 mi… Read more »

Mastodon 2D – low cost measurements in shallow water along the water column

Nine low-cost Mastodon 2D moorings will deployed in the Bay of Biscay for a duration of two weeks to study fast changes in temperature. This has been organised thanks to the Etoile cruise in the JERICO-NEXT project.The bin below the mooring contains the buoy for the travelling and boarding.Objective : to measure temperature in the column of shallow water  

ABACUS 3 project information

ABACUS 3 OBJECTIVES:The project aims at assessing the importance of a new monitoring line across the Algerian Basin between  Palma de Mallorca and the Algerian Coast.The main objectives of the ABACUS 3 project are:To continue the time series of oceanographic data collected in the Algerian Basin along the endurance line between Mallorca and Algeri;To identify the physical and biological properties of the surface and intermediate water masses between Balearic Islands and Algerian Coast;To intercep… Read more »

AlterEco PDRA position (31 months, start date: 1 October 2017)

Position available: PDRA for the NERC project “AlterEco: An Alternative Framework to Assess Marine Ecosystem Functioning in Shelf Seas”. The SRA will participate in the design and delivery of ocean glider campaigns in the North Sea, calibrate and analyse the resulting observations, derive relationships between them, calculate rates of relevant biogeochemical processes and disseminate the work to academic audiences, stakeholders and policymakers.To apply, please navigate to:… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT summer school 2017

From 19 – 23 June the first JERICO-NEXT summer school was held near The Hague (the Netherlands). Twenty-one early career scientists from various disciplines learned about multi-disciplinary monitoring and data analysis. The nearby Sand Motor pilot project area was used as an illustration of the multi-disciplinary approach during the field work and hands-on exercises. Lectures addressed the JERICO-NEXT research infrastructure for coastal waters, monitoring methods, data management and the applica… Read more »

2nd JERICO-NEXT Newsletter

Winter 2016Welcome to the JERICO-Next Newsletter 2nd ISSUE – JERICO-Next, Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observaToriesFind out more information on the Web, Twitter & Facebook”EMSO-Molène”, coastal cabled observatory deployed in Iroise sea  Image credit: Yves GLADUWe 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 c… Read more »

EOOS – An open stakeholder consultation on the European Ocean Observing System is now open

You are invited take part in an open online consultation to help design a new framework for an integrated and sustained European Ocean Observing System, or EOOS. The consultation will collect views from the European ocean observing community and wider stakeholders on what EOOS should look like and how it should be run. Your responses will be used to inform any decision-making about a future EOOS.The simple survey takes just 10 minutes to complete. You are welcome to provide additional detail in… Read more »


In the framework of the work package 2 (Harmonization of technologies and methodologies – technical strategy) will be organized the first workshop of Task 2.4 “Harmonizing new network sensors” in Issy-les-Moulineaux (France) on December 13th & 14th, 2016.Aim of the workshop: The JERICO-Next network is implementing a variety of sensors for a number of bio-geochemical measurements. Furthermore, systems for coastal profiling can help to integrate indispensable information on water column charac… Read more »

JERICO-Next WP2 workshop on Calibration and Assessment

In the framework of the Sea tech Week 2016, Ifremer organized on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th October, a meeting focused on Calibration and Assessment led by Florence Salvetat, leader of the concerned task (2.5).This meeting was the first workshop of Task 2.5 of Work Package 2 of the EU H2020 JERICO-NEXT (“Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observaTories”) project. The task, entitled “Calibration and Assessment”, consi… Read more »

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

The Acqua Alta Oceanographic Tower of CNR ISMAR (photo credits: Polizia di Stato)The first Call for Transnational Access (TNA) of JERICO NEXT ended with the meeting of the Selection Panel which was held in Bordeaux, France, on September 7, 2016. The meeting was kindly hosted by the University of Bordeaux at the Campus Talence Pessac Gradignan.Six out of twelve submitted TNA projects were selected and will be supported by JERICO NEXT. The six projects are listed in Table 1, with the facilities th… Read more »

JERICO-Next workshop on Nutrient Sensors – Brest, 10 October 2016

Laurent Delauney, from IfremerIn framework of the Sea Tech Week 2016, the CEFAS organized a meeting focused on the task “Harmonizing new network sensors” led by Dave Sivyer (CEFAS) and Rajesh Nair (OGS). This workshop on nutrient sensors and the current use and status in the marine community was attended by representatives from several institutions around Europe.  The first speaker was Wilhelm Petersen (HZG) who briefly introduced the workshop in the context of JERICO-Next and work package 2.4…. Read more »

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. 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.Pagure II, benthic carriage towed, front viewDesigned in September 2013 within the framework of the European projects PANACHE and BENTHIS, Pagure is a sled video towed capable of observ… Read more »

Multi-disciplinary algal bloom study in the Skagerrak (JRAP#1)

IN JERICO-Next novel instrumentation of observing phytoplankton diversity, algal blooms etc. are used in work packages three and four (WP3&WP4). There are activities in the Baltic Sea, the Kattegat-Skagerrak, and the North Sea-English channel and in the western Mediterranean Sea. In the Skagerrak area east of the North Sea a study of algal blooms and the diversity of phytoplankton have been carried out August to October 2016. One goal of the study is to increase the understanding on how alga… Read more »

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

Jrap#5 has been preparing for intensive period starting 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.Figure: development of new showerhead pCO2-equilibrator at Utö, Finland.Figure: observation platform on the Cretan SeaIn the Cretan Sea (Eastern Mediterranean), a pH se… Read more »


The first General Assembly of the european project JERICO-NEXT will be held from March 13th to March 16th 2017 and will take place in Helsinki, hosted by the Finnish Meteorological Institute(FMI). During these four days many workshops dedicated to the Work Packages (WP) will be organized including an User Panel meeting, here is the agenda. This event will be the opportunity to exchange with all the partners, to get informed on the work carried out during the first 18 months and to consider the n… Read more »

JERICO plankton workshop in Gothenburg

The second JERICO plankton workshop was arranged in Gothenburg, Sweden 27-30 September 2016. Altogether eighteen participants took part in the workshop.The aims of the workshop include:To improve the understanding of plankton diversity, spatial and temporal distribution and the development of algal blooms in the sea. Harmful algae will be in focus.To exchange experiences of using devices aimed at automated observations of phytoplankton including harmful algae. Instruments include automated imagi… Read more »

Monitoring of environmental threats and pressures in Europe

In order to develop the Jerico Next Science Strategy for future monitoring we need to identify environmental threats and gaps in monitoring.To accomplish this, we have created a questionnaire to capture information on environmental threats and monitoring programmes in Europe.The questionnaire has been developed in a format which facilitates database analysis of the information returned. It needs to be completed online, using Google forms, and includes two linked forms/questionnaires.The first qu… Read more »

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. The on line analyses were programmed from every 20 minutes to every hour. The results can already be seen on… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT Newsletter, June 2016

1st ISSUE – JERICO-NEXT, Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observaTories It gives us great pleasure to send you the latest updates on coastal observatories and JERICO-NEXT activities through this first newsletter introducing the new project. JERICO-NEXT started in September 2015 and will run for four years, finishing at the end of August 2019. The first year is dedicated to building upon the JERICO FP7 project and to beg… Read more »

Sea Tech Week 2016

Every two years, the International week of marine sciences and technologies gather international experts from different disciplines related to the sea. Sea Tech Week offers conferences, scientific and technological workshops as well as a business part (B2B meetings, trade show…). This year the event will take place at the Quartz Congress Centre in Brest (France) from October 10th to 14th, 2016. In the framework of this international event JERICO-NEXT’s workshops and B2B meetings will be organize… Read more »

JRAP #2: Monitoring changes in macro benthic biodiversity

West-Gironde Mud Patch action. Locations of the sampled stations along the two inshore/offshore gradientsAs first steps of two seasonal samplings, two cruises will first be carried out in October 2016 in: (1) the West-Gironde mud patch (SW France) from the 20th to the 31st, and (2) the Cretan Sea. These cruises aim at assessing the relationships between benthic diversity and the functioning of the water-sediment interface (remineralization of settled Particulate Organic Matter). The strategy wil… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT Cabled Observatories Workshop (April 2016)

On the 19th & 20th April, the Cabled Observataries Workshop took place in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain, organized by UPC-Obsea.In the framework of WP2, T2.3, the CABLED COASTAL OBSERVATORIES carried out a revision of the current level of development: That took place last 19th-20th April in Vilanova, Barcelona (Spain).Task 2.3 deals with the harmonization of HF-radar systems and cabled coastal observatories with the JERICO network.The objective for this workshop was to review the state-of-the-… Read more »

JERICO Special Issue

During the JERICO Science day (29 April 2016, Brest (France), a summary of results in science and technology supported by JERICO (FP7) were presented before publication.Twelve peer-reviewed articles are published in a special issue of Journal of Marine Systems dedicated to  JERICO (FP7) project, volume 162C. The paper version will be available shortly. These articles are already available online. JERICO offers a promotional access free of charge during 6 months.The Editorial “Progress in marine… Read more »

JERICO-Next HF Radar Workshop

The first workshop on HF Radar developments in JERICO-NEXT was held in San Sebastian on March 9th to 11th, 2016. This very successful meeting joined the main partners dealing with HF Radars in JERICO-NEXT, with participation of 22 people and 12 different Institutions from 7 European countries.HF Radars are a remote sensing measurement technique, which provide surface ocean currents measurements, with extended coverage (range of 30-200 km) and high resolution in time (order of 1 hour) and space (… Read more »

Cruises in the framework of JRAP#3

Task 2: Ferry box based monitoring of emerging marine contaminants: Cruise 1: Bergen-Kierkenes route (Trol Fjord), 15 June 2016, 6 Days, Collection of water samples using Ferrybox automatic sampler. A broad set of emerging contaminants (including: antibiotics, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, personal care products and synthetic food additives) will be analyze. The scope is to discover new contaminants and their spatial distribution at the scope of support Descriptor 8 of the EU MFSD. Cruise 2: Moss… Read more »

New experiments in the framework of JRAP#1

Surface accumulations of cyanobacteria, Nothern Baltic sea, 10 August 2015. Photo by the swedish Coast GuardAutomated systems for investigating phytoplankton diversity and abundance with a focus on harmful algae are used on research vessels, ferries and at fixed ocean observatories in the Baltic Sea, The Kattegat-Skagerrak, the North Sea-eastern English Channel area and in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Flow cytometry and bio-optical measuments are some of the methods used. A joint WP 2.4.2, WP3… Read more »

New experiments in the framework of JRAP#4

CNR- ISMAR is working on the deployment of a new HF radar system in the region of Cinque Terre (NW Mediterranean). Duration: 2016- 2018. Objectives: The NW Med area is characterized by the presence of the Liguro-Provenco-Catalan Current also called Northern Current (NC) that flows westward along the coasts of Italy and France and it is characterized by a complex time variability covering a large spectrum of scales. These new deployments will allow to study the variability of this current and ass… Read more »

From May 31st to June 2nd in Wimereux has been organized the JERICO-NEXT Workshop on current advances in the application of semi-automated techniques for studying phytoplankton dynamics in coastal and marine waters (WP 2.4.2 – WP3.1 – JRAP1)

The JERICO-NEXT Workshop on current advances in the application of (semi-)automated techniques for studying phytoplankton dynamics in coastal and marine waters, has been organized from May 31st to June 2nd in Wimereux (Northern France).It gathered together scientists from 15 partners or contracted partners and SMEs of the JERICO-NEXT consortium, as well as external experts for:- preparing the synthesis of existing approaches and methodologies related to optical sensors for observing  phytoplankt… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT 7th FerryBox Workshop

 Examples of FerryBox regional coverages (from from the 7th Ferrybox meeting which was held in Heraklion on the 7-8 April 2016, the FerryBox EuroGOOS task  team met on the 6th of April 2016. This meeting was made possible with the help of the JERICO-Next project and was led by F. Colijn, HZG and W. Petersen (remotely).One expected outcome from the JERICO-NEXT project was to “Define the specifications for a European system for handling FerryBox data, including physi… Read more »

CABLED COASTAL OBSERVATORIES WORKSHOP: Review of the current level of development (WP2, Task 2.3.2)

Cabled observatories meetingThe objective for this workshop was to review the state-of-the-art of these observing systems in terms of technology: procedures, maintenance, data processing, format, quality and management, identification of limitations and difficulties, applications, funding, dissemination, etc. The workshop was organized by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona, Spain) during 19th-20th April.All the cabled observatories facilities participating wi… Read more »

JERICO-NEXT: Salinity Exercise, 2016

The present salinity exercise, organized by Ifremer and OGS jointly, is part of the work planned in Task 2.5 of JERICO-NEXT Work package 2 (WP2).It is a first attempt to evaluate the comparability of salinity measurements across the JERICO observing network.The exercise will require participating laboratories to analyze unknown samples of certified IAPSO standard seawater that will be delivered to them using their main laboratory reference instrument for salinity.Please fill in and return the re… Read more »

JERICO-Next User Engagement Panel – Application Form

The User Engagement Panel is intended to be a dynamic communication channel with key stakeholder groups: public authorities, policy, research, education and operational communities including industry. The main target is to establish an effective mechanism linking the project to beneficiaries, and ensuring that project deliverables meet the needs of users and stakeholders. The panel members are expected individually and collectively to participate directly and have a pro-active role in the deriva… Read more »

Evaluation of the oceanographic measurement accuracy of different commercial sensors to be used on fishing gears

AbstractThe aim of the paper is to assess the accuracy for physical oceanography purposes of some commercial sensors (Star-Oddi and NKE) installed on fishing boats in the Adriatic Sea. When mounted on fishing gears, they can retrieve huge amounts of daily datasets (temperature, depth and salinity), spanning a very large spatial region. The possibility to establish their accuracy would be of extreme importance for physical oceanography studies since it would be almost impossible to obtain the sam… Read more »

More measurements will improve knowledge of the status of Europe’s coastal waters

A new EU project will improve observations of the status of Europe’s coastal waters, including algal blooms. Existing observation systems will be linked together and new methods will be developed. SMHI is one of 33 institutes that are collaborate in the project, which will continue for four years. One problem in marine environmental monitoring is capturing the natural variations in the sea. “At the moment we may have algal blooms in the sea that we do not capture with our environmental monitorin… Read more »