2nd JPI Oceans Conference, October 26, 2017, Lisbon


The 2nd JPI Oceans conference took place in Lisbon on October 26 (two years after the first JPI Oceans Conference held in Brussels in May 2015) where the first results of the actions and projects initiated under the framework of JPI Oceans were presented, whilst also providing an excellent opportunity for stakeholders from research and industry to network and discuss with policy makers from across Europe.

Partners involved in the JPI Oceans joint actions will discuss the outcomes, opportunities and future outlooks of their activities. The event will further highlight the international cooperation of JPI Oceans beyond Europe and results of CSA Oceans 2, the Horizon 2020 Support Action aimed to support the JPI. The motive of this meeting centred around two unified elements: Preserve oceans & cooperation (also outside Europe) and to foster research and mitigate climate change, pointing most of the momentum towards understanding oceans.

Miguel Castrillo, Earth Sciences Department, BSC (expert on ocean models in the context of HPC), represented ETP4HPC at this event as a speaker during a panel discussion session on ‘Harnessing the potential of innovative technologies for the maritime sector’, charied by Ulrich Wolf, Julich, CSA Oceans 2. Other panel members were: Winfried Keiper-EuMaT, Antonio Pascoal-EuRoboticsTP, Chritine Valentine-World Ocean Council & Tom Remy-WindEurope.

Following a short presentation by the five participants, two questions were raised by the chair which were targeted at explaining the goals and main challenges in the different fields of the participants, and also the impact on other sciences and society that these achievements would achieve.

Miguel explained the importance of HPC for European science during his presentation, whilst also explaining the many challenges that need to be addressed for achieving the Exascale goal, in the different areas such as data management, memory and networking, computing power, security, energy… all these achievements would obviously benefit all other fields of science, using models, and also all institutions and third parties that are expected to be more increasingly involved in HPC.

In particular, for the Earth Sciences community, the stress is working on Extreme-scale Demonstrators (EsDs) in the context of the ESiWACE Centre of Excellence, in order to run stand-alone Ocean and Atmosphere models at 1 km resolution global, and to couple Earth models at 10 km.

Read more information on the agenda here.

The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) was established in 2011 as an intergovernmental platform, open to all EU Member States and Associated Countries who invest in marine and maritime research. JPI Oceans covers all European sea basins with 21 participating countries and provides a long-term integrated approach to marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe.

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