The EUR-OCEANS Consortium (EOC) builds on the legacy of the EC-funded, FP6 EUR-OCEANS European Network of Excellence (EO NoE), which contributed to the scientific expertise and dissemination of knowledge on marine ecosystems in the context of climate/global change from 2005 to 2008.
The EOC includes a subset of the 66 research organisations that belonged to the former EO NoE, plus some new member organisations. Consortium members provide annual contributions, which fund a project office and competitively selected scientific activities led by one or more of its member organisations. These activities may however involve any former NoE members, the Consortium e-newsletter reaches the larger EUR-OCEANS community, and its online databases of members (organisations or individuals) reflect both EOC and NoE membership.
The aim of the EUR-OCEANS Consortium isto favour joint initiatives between key Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) and Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) across Europe, to help the community make significant jumps in marine sciences during the next decades. This is implemented by organizing and sponsoring activities which focus on hot topics only and can lead to wider European (FP8, JPI, ...) projects. These activities include Gordon-like conferences, flagship programmes, foresight workshops and public outreach.
The focus of the Consortium is on the impact of climate/global change on marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles, and the construction of scenarios relevant to the emerging International Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (ipBes).
The information system PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earch & Environmental Science - is operated as an Open Access library aimed at archiving, publishing and distributing georeferenced data from earth system research. The system guarantees long-term availability of its content through a commitment of the operating institutions.
Most of the data are freely available and can be used under the terms of the license mentioned on the data set description. A few password protected data sets are under moratorium from ongoing projects. The description of each data set is always visible and includes the principle investigator (PI) who may be asked for access.
Each dataset can be identified, shared, published and cited by using a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Data are archived as supplements to publications or as citable data collections. Citations are available through the portal of the German National Library of Science and Technology.