Enhanced Transatlantic Research Collaboration
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European
Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) have agreed to formally explore
strengthening their cooperation in areas of common interest.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A letter of intent signed
today by Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, and Dominique Ristori, JRC
Director-General, expresses the organisations’ interest to further explore and
propose cooperative activities in the following fields:
— Earth Observation Data Collection, Quality Control and Sharing
— Environmental contaminants and effects in the marine environment
— Promoting coastal activities within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
— Defining downstream services on marine and coastal issues for public administration and policy support
— Development of a common global/regional modelling and analysis tool for coastal hazards and extreme events
— Space weather, disaster monitoring, and crisis management
— Climate change, climate services and climate change monitoring, within GEO
— Atmospheric and air quality monitoring such as for volcanic ash events and the applications of atmospheric dispersion modelling techniques.
A NOAA/JRC coordination group will be established to follow up these cooperation
proposals. It will build on the longstanding relations between the two entities,
which have been working together for over 20 years in the field of Earth
observation, including topics such as ocean colour, hydrology, sensor
calibration and validation, involvement in the Committee on Earth Observation
Satellites, and in the Group of Earth Observation.
NOAA & JRC mission and vision
NOAA’s vision of the future is: healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies
that are resilient in the face of change. NOAA’s mission is to understand and
predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; to share that knowledge
and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine
ecosystems and resources.
The JRC’s vision is to be a trusted provider of science-based policy options to
EU policy makers to address key challenges facing our society, underpinned by
internationally-recognized research. Its mission is to provide customer-driven
scientific and technical support for the conception, development, and
implementation and monitoring of European Union policies.
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