Ocean of Tomorrow call - FP7-OCEAN-2010
forces to meet challenges in ocean management
Oceans offer opportunities for
sustainable economic development. However, human activities are
exerting increasing environmental pressure on the oceans,
threatening marine ecosystems and sustainable maritime activities.
In particular, the growing demand for maritime transport, offshore
energy, tourism, coastal development, resource extraction,
fisheries and aquaculture may have a major impact on the marine
The European Union has taken up this
challenge and established a new integrated maritime policy, of
which the Communication "A
European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research"
(COM (2008) 534) is a fundamental part. The strategy
highlights the importance of integration between established marine
and maritime research disciplines, in order to reinforce excellence
in science and to reconcile the growth of sea-based activities with
environmental sustainability. The cross-thematic "ocean of
tomorrow" calls seek to implement this commitment.
The objective of the call was to
build the knowledge base for a sustainable growth of sea-based
activities. It did this in two ways: by improving understanding of
marine ecosystems’ response to a combination of natural and
anthropogenic factors, and by providing a scientific foundation for
feasible, sustainable management measures supporting policies and
possible related technologies.
Three projects have been selected under the call:
The call was published on CORDIS on 30 July 2009 under the
Cooperation Themes: Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and
Biotechnology; Energy; Environment; Transport; Socioeconomic
sciences and Humanities.