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Physical Oceanography Research Group
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The Physical Oceanography Research Group (PO-Res.Grp) is involved in various research activities and also provides various scientific services. The Group undertakes oceanographic research, in a holistic perspective, including operational observations and forecasts, specialised data management analysis and participation in international cooperative ventures. The overarching research themes of the PORG cover coastal meteorology, hydrography and physical oceanography with a main emphasis on the experimental study of the hydrodynamics of the sea in the vicinity of the Maltese Islands. The Group has mainly endeavoured to promote activities in operational oceanography by the installation and maintenance of permanent sea monitoring systems, and the provision of meteo/marine forecasts.

The PO-Research Group acts as a national oceanographic data centre and promotes the IOC/IODE (IOC Committee on the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange) products and oceanographic data management activities in Malta (IODE National Report). It provides support to local entities involved in marine research and monitoring, to collect and maintain oceanographic data according to international standards. The PO-Res.Grp plays the role of keeping track of ocean observations made in the vicinity of the Maltese Islands. Data collected by individual scientists, local agencies and governmental departments is primarily kept under the respective sources, and under different, often incompatible formats. The PO-Research Group aims to identify these data holdings and to bring the data under one database with standardised formats.

Services of the PO-Res.Grp include:

All operational services provided by the PO-Research Group can be accessed from the dedicated CapeMalta portal.

Last Updated: 15 October 2015

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