The main ambition of AANChOR is to promote the implementation of the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship initiative and the Belém Statement (BS), signed by the EU, Brazil and South Africa in 2017. The main objective is to upscale research and innovation cooperation within the Atlantic basin, from Antarctica to the Arctic. AANChOR will produce a framework to identify and contribute to the implementation of concrete long-term collaborative activities, reinforcing international cooperation between Europe and tropical and South Atlantic countries and connecting with the challenges and research needs of the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Canary Island Oceanic Platform (PLOCAN) has sent a Wave Glider autonomous vehicle on a mission equipped with an array of meteorological and oceanographic sensors designed to pick up acoustic traces of cetaceans between Gran Canaria and Madeira, as part of the “Macaronesian Network of Inter-Regional and Multi-disciplinary Knowledge and Technology Transfer to protect, monitor and surveillance of cetaceans in the marine environment and sustainably analyse and manage the associated tourism activity” (MARCET) project, which studies marine mammals in Macaronesia.
The Sustainable Energy at Seaports project SE@PORTS for studying the installation of Wave Energy Converters (WEC) at seaports, with the participation of the Las Palmas Port Authority and PLOCAN, met in early October at the central offices of the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics of the University of Cantabria (IHCantabria).
The third general assembly of partners of the European iFADO (Innovation in the Framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean) Project, designed mainly to detect and cover the gaps in existing observation in the framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean, was held in the head offices of PMBA (Pôle Mere Bretagne Atlantique) in the French city of Brest.