The Minke project, an innovative marine metrology initiative that integrates the main european research infrastructures in which PLOCAN participates, has held its first face-to-face meeting, marking an important milestone in interdisciplinary collaboration and in the search for solutions for the sustainable management of marine ecosystems.
Minke is a project funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 programme whose consortium is coordinated by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and composed of PLOCAN, IFREMER, HCMR, UPC, OGS, INRIM, SHOM, NIVA, NOC, PTB, UCN, ANE.LIDES, LNE, IAAC, SYKE, JPIO, EMSO ERIC, AMU, ENEA, CNR and 52°North GmbH.
The importance of the Minke project lies in its aim to improve the quality of oceanographic data, which is crucial for ocean management and conservation.
Minke proposes a new vision in the design of marine monitoring networks, taking into account two dimensions of data quality: accuracy and completeness. This new vision involves a quintuple helix model of innovation involving civil society, industry, academia, government and context.
The first face-to-face meeting of the Minke project also represents an important step towards the creation of a new community with complementary capabilities for ocean and coastal observation. Through different integration activities, such as networking, transnational-virtual access and joint research, the project aims to lay the foundations for creating the necessary synergies between the different actors involved in the innovation of the quintuple helix.
PLOCAN’s participation in Minke is essential to foster dialogue and engagement with stakeholders, such as industry and marine observation sensor manufacturers, in order to facilitate the integration of new components into the observation data infrastructure and improve the understanding of the benefits towards a platform beyond the duration of the project. In summary, the first face-to-face meeting of the Minke project is an important milestone in interdisciplinary collaboration and in the search for solutions for the sustainable management of marine ecosystems. The social, environmental and scientific importance of this project is clear, and its goal of improving the quality of oceanographic data is essential for the conservation of the oceans and for the well-being of society at large.