Maritime Forum

Maritime Forum Themes


Twelfth meeting of marine observation and data expert group

Event date:
10/03/2011 - 11:00
Table of Contents

    Albert Borschette Conference Centre Rue Froissart 36, 1000, Brussels

    Summary of meeting


    Thursday 10 March 2011 14.00-18.00


    Welcome and Introduction


    14.10 Assessment of European marine Observation and Data Network (preliminary results) Conor Okane (MRAG)

    EU renewable energy policy

    Ron van Erck (European Commission Directorate General for Energy)


    14.45 North Sea Supergrid Ana Aguado Cornago (Friends of the Supergrid)

    Renewable Energy and Marine Data

    1. what data is needed
    2. How could extra data collected before and during construction be made more widely available
    3. could platforms be instrumented for collecting operational data?

    John Shaw (Mainstrean Renewable Power)

    16.00 Coffee  

    Data Reliability

    John Strurman (institute of marine engineering,science and technology)


    The way forward


    18.00 close  
    evening pizza for those who are interested (each pays for themsleves)  

    Friday 11 March 2011 9.00-12.30


    Data Needs for Coastal Protection


    Large-scale coastal maintenance with sand; Experiences and experiments in The Netherlands.

    The Dutch coast has been maintained successfully with yearly beach and shoreface nourishments since 1990. The search for optimization of volume and frequency of nourishments leads to larger scale designs, including the 20 million m3 'sand engine' which is being constructed right now. These experiments ask for specific monitoring of the morphodynamics of these areas.

    Ad van der Spek, Deltares



    The Atlantic

    Fernando Veloso-Gomes


    Shoreline mobility and erosion are important scientific, technical and management issues to take into consideration along almost all the European costal regions facing the Atlantic. Wave and tidal action dominate the extremely diverse nature of the coast and this represents a challenge when compared with other European coasts. The natural and the anthropogenic forcing has evolved into several high risk situations for urban settlements and economic activities. Regional and local data is essential for the assessment of the main causes of shore mobility and coastal erosion, for predictive modeling and adaptative management and prevention of the risks.

    10.30 coffee  


    The Mediterranean

    Interactions in the coastal areas at the local and transnational scale in a changing environment: surface waters and the subterranean estuary, sediment fluxes, erosion and transport processes, stability of the coasts

    Luca Zaggia, CNR-ISMAR





    English National Network of Strategic Regional Cosatal Monitoring programme.

    Cherith Moses


    The Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme started in SE England and is now being extended around the coastline. It is designed to provide a consistent regional approach to coastal process monitoring, providing information for development of strategic shoreline management plans, coastal defence strategies and operational management of coastal protection and flood defence. The programme is managed on behalf of the Coastal Groups of the Southeast of England and is funded by DEFRA, in partnership with local Authorities of the southeast of England and the Environment Agency.


    Update on progress of financial regulation for 2010-2011 and marine Knowledge 2020 including

    Feedback from

    Friends of the Presidency


    Committee of the Regions

    Member State Expert Group on Maritime Policy

    12.30 close