Expert group on marine research infrastructures : final report
Marine research infrastructures for ocean observation feature highly in the European strategy for marine and maritime research (COM (2008) 534) because they underpin all ocean activities, whether they are scientific or socioeconomic. This report summarizes the work of the expert group on marine research infrastructures, which met in the framework of the strategy, between 2010 and 2012. Marine observation infrastructures are essential to support the maritime economy, study the marine environment, ocean/climate interactions and support marine safety. Their socioeconomic and environmental value... is therefore high as they help address key societal challenges of European scale.