Dr Jane Lubchenco, US Under-Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of NOAA, and Mr. Dominique Ristori, Director General of the JRC, signed the JRC – NOAA Implementing Arrangement© EU, 2012
JRC and NOAA enhance cooperation on climate, weather, oceans and coasts
An agreement has been signed today in Brussels to encourage, develop and facilitate scientific and cooperative activities in the fields of climate, weather, oceans and coasts. More specifically, four projects for near term implementation have been identified: climate data records, space weather, tsunami modelling and fisheries research.
Jane Lubchenco, United States Under Secretary of Commerce for oceans & atmosphere and NOAA administrator, and Dominique Ristori, JRC Director General, signed the agreement in the presence of high level representatives from both administrations, including William E. Kennard, US Ambassador to the EU.
“Today’s global challenges must be met by increased international cooperation that addresses climate, weather, oceans and coasts – issues that impact everyone in the world” NOAA Administrator, Jane Lubchenco, said. “I am delighted NOAA and the Joint Research Centre are taking this important step to increase our cooperation on science".
JRC Director General, Dominique Ristori, added: “We are pleased to announce that we have already identified four specific projects for near term implementation. This underscores the rich potential for sharing science and innovation".
Training, exchanges of personnel, shared use of the scientific infrastructure, support for joint research, access to laboratory facilities, timely exchange of information and the promotion of the relevant calls for grants or proposals are some of the activities included in the agreement.