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EurOCEAN 2000
The European Conference on Marine Science and Ocean Technology

Hamburg, Germany
29 August - 2 September 2000

Summary Session C, Friday 1 September, 14:15-18:15

" Continental margin research : Scientific and technological issues of importance for Europe"

The main objectives of the sessions were to report and discuss about

  1. the current knowledge of European margins from the geosciences point of view,
  2. ongoing and future multinational research projects and initiatives,
  3. cooperation between academia and industry, in particular the oil industry,
  4. collaboration possibilities and common interests with other countries, namely the United States, and
  5. identification of gaps in current knowledge and activities.
The points above involve strong technological needs to better answer the scientific, economic, societal and industrial challenges on the European continental margins.

Discussion was promoted by a set of keynotes on the history of margin research in Europe, the structure and seismotectonics of the European continental margins, the recently constituted EC Ocean Margin Deep Water Research Consortium (OMARC) of projects, industry-academia cooperative experience and mutual benefits, and the importance of metocean data. The keynote talks were given by representatives of both academia and industry.

Fruitful discussions followed each keynote talk, and a general discussion took place by the end of the session. Some of the main points highlighted were

  1. the need for improved geo-hazard assessment in European continental margins,
  2. the convenience to extend some of the ongoing activities to the Southern European margins in the near future,
  3. the successful experience of the cooperation between the geosciences scientific community and industry,
  4. the recent discovery of widespread coral communities along the deep European continental margin, and
  5. the significance of metocean data both for academia and industry.
The need for an improved cooperation and better communications between offshore and onland geoscientific communities was also stressed, as well as the need for a better, coordinated management of the facilities existing within the European nations. A key request for the future still is ocean margin systems wrapping using advanced tools, such as 3D seismics. An improved understanding of the European margins geodynamics is mandatory in view of their future use and exploitation of the resources they contain.

A report of the session will be produced and widely distributed within the shortest delay.

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EurOCEAN 2000 | Joint Actions - Environment & Climate / MAST - Events | 05.09.2000

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