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Joint Actions

The central implementation mechanism of JPI Oceans is that of Joint Actions. They are formed around topics that fall under JPI Oceans’ thematic scope and contribute to its goals. They are supported by the interest and commitment of several member or associated countries under the leadership of one or co-leadership of several member countries and have developed a concept for implementation, including plans for resourcing, outcomes and impact.

Current Joint Actions


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Aquatic Pollutants

In an unprecedented collaboration, the three JPIs on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance, together with European Commission aim to tackle one of the most pressing issues facing society – the presence of pollutants and pathogens in water resources.

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    Blue Bioeconomy

    The BlueBio ERA-Net Cofund is the result of a collaboration between JPI Oceans and the former ERA-NETS COFASP and ERA MBT, consisting of 30 partners from 17 countries and aims to strengthen Europe’s position in the blue bioeconomy.

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      Blue Carbon

      The Scoping Action on Blue Carbon is examining how a JPI Oceans Joint Action could address the knowledge gaps in relation to Blue Carbon as a measure for climate mitigation.

      • Scoping

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      Cumulative Effects of Human Activities

      In the Cumulative Effects of Human Activities Knowledge Hub the experts will develop guidelines and common principles for decision makers on how to assess cumulative effects of human activities.

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        Ecological Aspects of Microplastics

        The Joint Action Ecological Aspects of Microplastics was launched as one of JPI Oceans’ pilot activities, to study the sources, distribution and impact of microplastics in the marine environment.

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          Light and Colour in the Ocean

          The Scoping Action on Light and Colour in the Ocean looks into how a JPI Oceans Joint Action could enhance knowledge and understanding of the impacts of lightening and darkening of the ocean through artificial light and turbidity, respectively.

          • Scoping

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          Munition in the Sea

          The Knowledge Hub on Munition in the Sea constitutes a multi-national expert group which aims to coordinate research and innovation to assess risks, define priorities and suggest intervention options concerning legacy munitions in the marine environment.

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            Ocean Carbon Capacities

            The JPI Oceans Knowledge Hub Ocean Carbon Capacities will address and reduce uncertainties in the understanding of the ocean’s buffering and carbon storage capacities.

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              Science for Good Environmental Status

              The Knowledge Hub constitutes a multi-national expert group that coordinates research and innovation to enable countries to assess and achieve Good Environmental Status.

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                Sea Level Rise

                The Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise is a networking platform promoting the generation, synthesis, exchange and integration of knowledge on local, regional and global, historic and future sea level rise.

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                  Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability

                  For this Joint Action, the Belmont Forum, JPI Oceans and Future Earth have joined forces for this Collaborative Research Action (CRA) on Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability.

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                    Underwater Noise in the Marine Environment

                    The Joint Action Underwater Noise in the Marine Environment aims to decrease the high level of uncertainty about the impact of noise through the promotion of specific lines of scientific research.

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                    Past Joint Actions


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                    Climate Science for Oceans

                    In a joint effort with JPI Climate, this action aims to fund research on ocean-climate interactions, to improve climate models and inform climate change adaptation policies in Europe.

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                      Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining

                      The Joint Action Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining assessed the long-term impacts of polymetallic nodule mining on the deep-sea environment.

                      • Concluded

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                      Integrated Assessment of New Pollutants

                      The Knowledge Hub on integrated assessment of new pollutants was a network consisting of selected experts from JPI Oceans member countries.

                      • Concluded

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                      Intercalibration for Water Framework Directive

                      The scientific intercalibration exercise for the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) brought together scientific experts to perform required analyses in the most cost-efficient way.

                      • Concluded

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                      MarTERA - ERA-NET Cofund on Marine Technologies

                      MarTERA is an ERA-NET Cofund scheme of Horizon 2020 with an overall goal to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in maritime and marine technologies as well as Blue Growth.

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                        Multi Use of Infrastructure for Monitoring

                        The pilot action Multi use of Infrastructure for Monitoring in the North Sea was proposed by The Netherlands in 2012 and the intention was to develop pilot studies to test these on current monitoring activities as soon as possible.

                        • Concluded

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