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

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      Blue Carbon

      The Joint Action on Blue Carbon addresses blue carbon as a measure for climate mitigation by providing spatial knowledge products to support carbon removal action and policy.

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      Changing Marine Lightscapes

      The Joint Action on Changing Marine Lightscapes seeks to enhance knowledge and understanding of how marine lightscapes are changing through artificial light and turbidity, respectively, the drivers of change, the impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, and how to manage these changes.

      • Ongoing

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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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        Cumulative Effects of Human Activities

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

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          Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining

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

          • 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 on Ocean Carbon Capacities addresses the role of the Ocean in taking up carbon from the atmosphere.

            • Ongoing

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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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                  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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                    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 was 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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