Following several accidents both near the coast of Spain as well as those of Morocco, France and Portugal, the need for regional co-operation to combat marine pollution in the Northeast Atlantic has been raised at the second coordination meeting of the research project MARPOCS (Multinational Response and Preparedness to Oil and Chemical Spills – ECHO/SUB/2015/713854/PREP08, call DG-ECHO 2015). The meeting, in which PLOCAN took part, was held in the facilities of the Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE) in Brest, France. (Multinational Response and Preparedness to Oil and Chemical Spills) de la convocatoria DG-ECHO 2015, celebrada en las instalaciones del Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE) en la ciudad francesa de Brest y en la que ha participado PLOCAN.
Thirty pupils participating in the Canary Islands Science and Technology Campus visited the terrestrial headquarters of PLOCAN, where they were able to find out about the operational and educational lines of work and activities carried out by PLOCAN in the field of science and technology. The pupils make up the first group of students organised under the axes of “Biomedicine and Health” and “Energy, Biodiversity and the Environment” within the R&D projects that the Campus offers. Other groups of students will visit PLOCAN shortly.
In November 2017, the headquarters of PLOCAN in Taliarte will host the next general assembly of the AtlantOS European project, which has the overall objective of bringing about a transition from a set of insufficiently co-ordinated ocean observation activities to an Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observation System (IAOOS) that is sustainable, efficient and adapted to requirements. This entails the definition of requirements and the design of systems, making improvements to the availability of the observation networks and data systems, and involving users interested in all parts of the Atlantic, while at the same time consolidating contributions to the Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
PLOCAN participates in AtlantOS as a direct partner and is involved specifically in work packages 2 (Ships of Opportunity Programme), 6 (Biogeochemical and Glider Deployments) and 6 (Shared Infrastructure), in addition to forming part of its steering committee.
The head of Science and Technology at PLOCAN, José Joaquín Hernández Brito, attended the Fifth Meeting of the Atlantic Seabed Mapping International Workgroup, established within the framework of the AORAC-SA, project, which took place at the Marine Institute in Oranmore, Galway, Ireland.