The expected outcomes contemplate:
- the design of a marine data acquisition system of operational automated observing platforms for routine long term and real time monitoring for the Maltese Islands to complement the existing local in situ station observations, comprising the setting up of a first phase of operational installations at sea, and
- the development of a comprehensive marine modelling system to serve as a tool to provide a baseline oceanographic characterisation of Maltese waters down to coastal scales, contributing to the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), with particular focus to the adequate assessment of hydrographical changes.
The WG will be composed of two interacting units, one concerning marine observations and operational data acquisition systems, and another unit dealing with the numerical modelling backbone needed to simulate the marine environment in all its ecosystem components down to the local coastal scales. Applicants to join this WG are expected to have already been engaged at expert and practical level in such systems as proved through their CV and publications, or through direct contacts in previous collaborative work with the PO.Res.Grp.
Applicants are expected to support the WG in their own personal capacity and will not be remunerated, but the WG is empowered to assign and approve the engagement and remuneration of a member or group of members of the WG to do specific tasks or assessments agreed by the WG. The WG will meet and deliver through remote conference sessions in addition to exchanges by electronic means. The WG will be chaired by Prof. Aldo Drago who is the person assigned by ERA to coordinate this work.