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MINKE - Metrology for Integrated Marine Management and Knowledge-Transfer Network

The EU-funded MINKE project will integrate key European marine metrology research infrastructures to propose an innovative framework of 'quality of oceanographic data' for European actors monitoring and managing marine ecosystems.

Description

MINKE had its kick-off meeting in June 2021, and lasts until 2025, and has a total budget 4,9 Million Euros. The consortium is coordinated by CSIC in Spain and includes 22 partners across Europe.  

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    About

    MINKE is a Horizon 2020 network project, funded from the INFRAIA call. It is a start-up community, and as such, in the first stage of establishing an infrastructure community/project on European scale.  

     

    The project builds on a JPI Oceans Joint Action "Marine Sensors Calibration Network", which was established in 2016 and concluded in 2021. JPI Oceans' engagement in this area is continued as one of the partners in MINKE.

    Objectives

    The main objectives of MINKE are to integrate key European marine metrology research infrastructures, to coordinate their use, and develop and propose an innovative framework of “quality of oceanographic data” for the different European actors in charge of monitoring and managing marine ecosystems.  

    Impact

    Integrating key European marine metrology research infrastructures will give researchers improved access to necessary research infrastructures. More integrated resources at European level enable cutting edge and multidisciplinary research, and widen the user community. Improved services widen the sharing of information and technologies across fields, between academia and non-academic stakeholders, increasing the potential for innovation and partnerships with industry and contributions to evidence-based policy making. 

    Why is this important?

    Society needs to get the most out of its investment in research and innovation. Better integration and access to infrastructure and knowledge-based resources is key to an improved management of the continuous flow of data collected and produced. This makes for better science and increases the ability of research to contribute to major societal challenges.