JERICO-NEXT; EU funds the extension of coastal observations, continuing the success of JERICO in a €9.9 million project, coordinated by IFREMER

1st September 2015
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JERICO-NEXT - Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observaTories

JERICO-NEXT will build on the success of the previous JERICO project by aiming to extend its EU network of coastal observations.

IFREMER, France will coordinate the new €9.9 million H2020 project, which has 33 participants, representing 15 countries across Europe and Scandinavia.

Blue Lobster will lead Work Package 8 on Outreach, Communication and Engagement, which aims to increase understanding of the importance of, and maximise the impact of, JERICO-NEXT research for targeted end-users across policy, industry, science and educational sectors and the wider public.

Blue Lobster will be responsible for the branding, design, development, maintenance and hosting of the JERICO website and its integrated communication portals for the dissemination of project products, services, data, and information for targeted end-user groups. In addition, the Blue Lobster team will have a key role in communicating and engaging with stakeholders through an end-user panel of international experts, and be responsible for the Graphic Design and production of compelling visualisation products that inform and engage with stakeholders on topics of priority.


The coastal area is the most productive and dynamic environment of the world ocean with significant resources and services for society. JERICO-NEXT (33 organisations from 15 countries) emphasises that the complexity of the coastal ocean cannot be well understood if interconnection between physics, biogeochemistry, and biology is not guaranteed. Such an integration requires new technological developments allowing continuous monitoring of a larger set of parameters.

In the continuity of JERICO (Framework 7), the objective of JERICO-NEXT consists in strengthening and enlarging a solid and transparent European network in providing operational services for the timely, continuous, and sustainable delivery of high quality environmental data and information products related to marine environment in European coastal seas.

Other objectives are: support European coastal research communities, enable free and open access to data, enhance the readiness of new observing platform networks by increasing the performance of sensors, showcase of the adequacy of the so-developed observing technologies and strategies, and propose a medium-term roadmap for coastal observatories through a permanent dialogue with stakeholders.

JERICO-NEXT is based on a set of technological and methodological innovations. One main innovation potential is to provide a simple access to a large set of validated crucial information to understand the global change in coastal areas. Although JERICO-NEXT already includes industrial partners, it will be open to other research institutes, laboratories, and private companies which could become associated partners to the project. Added values of JERICO-NEXT, JERICO-RI shall send data and information in an operational mode of European data systems, with dedicated service access. One of the strengths of JERICO-NEXT lies in the fact that technological and methodological developments shall be deployed in the natural environment.

This project has received funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreements No. 654410. Project coordinator: IFREMER, France. The information and views lie entirely with the authors. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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