One of the main features of the Atlantic Area is its maritime dimension, which gives this territorial area a strong cultural identity. The proximity to the sea has led to a common development pattern, both economic and urban in coastal cities, closely linked to the sea and the maritime industry, and
The protection of waters in Europe is regulated by the Water Framework Directive (WFD), which is mandatory for all European Union members. Significant progress has been made in the use of passive sampling devices for routine monitoring, but some barriers remain that prevent regulatory acceptance of
Marine renewable energy from tides is a significant potential growth industry for the Atlantic Area. There is a barrier to growth due to uncertainty in the engineering design, resulting in technology that is too expensive and risky to attract financial investment.
The MONITOR project aims to foste
In the last decade, Europe’s ocean economy has received increasing policy attention. This can be seen in the publication and ongoing implementation of the EU’s Blue Growth Strategy, the Atlantic Strategy and its Action Plan, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, etc. These initiatives are all
The European Union has funded large scale initiatives to protect, secure and develop the potential of marine and coastal environments. The aim of MYCOAST is to enhance the capability of risk management systems in the Atlantic region by improving co-operation between, observational and forecasting sy
The Atlantic Area is characterised by high rainfall and high humidity, conditions which increase crop fungal infection and leaching of inputs from soil (EEA, 2009). Crop growers counter these problems by applying high levels of synthetic fungicides and fertilizers. However, heavy rainfall can render
Foamed polystyrene products are a major and worrying source of marine litter in the Atlantic Ocean. These products, Expanded polystyrene (EPS) and Extruded polystyrene (XPS) are plastic foam materials used globally in the composition of several products, such as drinks cups, single-use food boxes an
The aquaculture sector on Europe’s Atlantic Area is negatively impacted by the effects of harmful blooms and microbial pathogens. The PRIMROSE project aims to strengthen risk management systems in order to grow, innovate and generate jobs in the aquaculture sector. This sector relies on sufficient
The Protoatlantic project aims to develop a model for the prototyping and exploitation of innovative ideas in the maritime sector.
Taking into account the high costs of prototyping activities, this proposal will be narrow to three well defined sectors: Renewable Energy, Marine Robotics and Blue Bi
The water industry is the fourth most energy intensive sector in the Atlantic Area, responsible for significant contributions to climate change and reductions in the competitiveness due to the associated costs, but with the potential to generate local renewable energy in water network infrastructure