European Committee on Ocean and Polar Sciences (ECOPS)

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1990, by European Science Foundation (ESF) and European Commission (EC), to develop a long-term strategy in marine and polar research. Ceased to exist.


Bring together European activities in the open oceans and polar regions; draft a European strategy for ocean and polar research, taking into account development of new technologies, particularly in the fields of automated monitoring and remote sensing; identify major programmes related to specific European interests in global change.

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Current concerns: operational forecasting of the ocean and coastal seas; European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA); the deep sea floor as a changing environment; the Arctic Ocean. Organizes conferences, meetings and specialized workshops. Set up; study group on the Navire européen de forages et d'intervention sous-marine (NEREIS) proposal, to ensure phasing of development of instrumentation for the study of processes above and within the upper layers of the open ocean sea bed; European Ice Sheet Modelling Initiative (EISMINT). Possible future project on biodiversity and production in the ocean.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 18 countries
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Subjects *

  • Climatology
    • Climate
    • Arctic Zones
  • Oceanography
    • Oceanography
  • Research, Standards
    • Research
    • Inspection, Tests
  • Cybernetics
    • Automation
  • Science
    • Science

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below Water



Last News Received

6. Mar 1998
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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