The European Marine Sensor Calibration Network was initiated as a JPI Oceans Joint Action in 2016 and led by Greece. The aims of the Joint Action were to establish a permanent working group for calibration activities and propose a future strategic plan towards a permanent, pan-European calibration grid to support the activities of marine observatories. The Joint Action has involved the research community, the National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) and industry from the participating countries.
Main activities have been network meetings, which have resulted in a series of fact sheets on measurement of various parameters, such as pH, salinity, and fluorescence. These fact sheets are all included in a white paper titled 'Marine Metrology in Europe'. The white paper was published as part of the proceedings from the MetroSea Conference held on October 2021.
The network responsible for this Joint Action was the nucleus for the development of the MINKE-project (Metrology for Integrated Marine Management and Knowledge-Transfer Network), which was awarded funding for 2021-2025 from the Horizon2020 research infrastructure call "Integrating Activities for Starting Communities" in late 2020. The MINKE-project held its kick-off meeting in June 2021. JPI Oceans is one of the partners in MINKE.