The JERICO-DS, a three-year project, titled Joint European Research Infrastructure of Coastal Observatories – Design Study, started on 1 October 2020. The series of EU-funded JERICO (Joint European Research Infrastructure of Coastal Observatories) projects have consisted, since 2007, in continuously improving observations in European coastal marine areas. The objective is to build a pan-European Research Infrastructure (RI) providing high-quality marine data, expertise, services, facilities and observation systems. The data produced in this long-term framework are multidisciplinary, standardised, quality-controlled, sustained, interoperable, and free for access and use.

JERICO-DS will analyse the needs and propose a design for a state-of-the-art, fit-for-purpose, visionary and sustainable observational European RI providing expertise and high-quality data on European coastal and shelf seas, supporting world-class research, high-impact innovation, and visibility of European excellence worldwide. JERICO-DS will conceptually design the entire picture of the JERICO-RI, covering both hardware and software components, including cutting-edge technologies from the sensor level to the information and service distribution to users, hence contributing to the Smart Ocean. Furthermore, JERICO-DS will build on nations’ will and involvement to co-construct the JERICO-RI, from the scientific and technical design to the business plan and governance strategy, supporting future engagement during the ESFRI process.

EuroGOOS Office is involved in the sustainability and governance building activities.

Discover the JERICO-DS website here.