JERICO-DS: Task 1.1

Task 1.1: Coastal national research landscapes within JERICO-RI
Task 1.2: Boundaries of JERICO-RI in the national landscapes of EU Environment RIs and contribution to global coastal observations
Task 1.3: Preliminary definition of Key Performance Indicators for scientific excellence

Task 1.1: Coastal national research landscapes within JERICO-RI


After consolidation of the general scientific mission and vision, Task 1.1 will identify in the bottomup direction the specific scientific questions and needs that are of interest at the national level. In other words, the Grand Environmental Challenge questions will be considered in the context of the needs of each nation, focusing on the main specific scientific and societal problems that are most important for each nation. Societal problems can be, for instance, eutrophication, effects of extreme events, and management of industrial ports next to marine protected areas, transport of pollutants such as oil spills and/or microplastics. The prioritization of the problems and related scientific questions will provide a first indication regarding the requirements and desired characteristics of the national RIs, in terms of choice of variables, platforms and sensors.

This information will be gathered during the first two workshops of the project (KO meeting and 6 months after), analysed to specify common questions and needs as well as complementarity between nations. The result of this analysis will be then compared with information on the assets (expertise, skills and systems) available at national level (including both JERICO-RI and eventually other national networks) in order to conceptualize the added value of JERICO-RI for each nation. This process will be carried out through interaction between scientific institutions and the main funding bodies for the RIs. The interaction will lead to the identification of scientific and societal needs and to the discussion of RI requirements and funding needs.

For the top-down direction, Task 1.1, will bridge the national needs and asset availability, identified in bottom up direction, with the regional and pan-European set-up of the JERICO-RI. The work will be done in collaboration with JERICO-S3 (joint workshop), where the general and regional scientific approaches will be revised to include also the national ones. The process will leverage on the global capabilities of some of the already existing national RIs (e.g. coastal observatories in the Pacific area of the French ILICO-RI or those in the Indian Ocean of the Norwegian Nansen Program). The science questions and goals will provide a direct motivation for this process. For example, ocean currents constitute a natural transboundary connection between nations that can transport of organisms and pollutants, and regional seas imply common environmental problems between nations. This will inform the basis for a scientific and technical strategy in terms of choice of observing system(s), practice and data harmonisation that will then be elaborated in WP2 and WP3.

This main outcome of this task will be a common long term scientific plan based on a shared scientific mission, taking into account and elaborated onto national strategies, constraints and needs (D1.2 as preliminary version, then D1.3).

Milestone: Vision, Mission outlined (M6).
Milestone: Interaction between Institutions and funding bodies implemented (M12).


  • Task 1.1: D1.1 (M18): Preliminary report for long term scientific plan including input from national
  • Task 1.1: D1.3 (M24): Final report for a long-term scientific plan: a mutually beneficial strategy to bridge national and EU landscape.