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Developing Optimal and Open Research Support for the Black Sea


Project timeline
June 2021
48 months
May 2025
General Information
The overall objective of DOORS is to make the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Black Sea operational, support the successful implementation of Blue Growth and contribute to a healthy, productive and resilient Black Sea. The project will harmonize research and provide the infrastructure to better understand the Black Sea, particular ecosystem characteristics, develop the framework to support Blue Growth and early development of startups, and provide evidence to inform policy and behavioral change. To reach its ambitious objectives, the project consortium will work closely with stakeholders from the start to develop an open research system and establish a framework to support a continuous stakeholder dialogue.
DOORS will implement three Work Programmes: (1) a System of Systems to harmonise approaches and provide an accessible data repository, (2) a Blue Growth Accelerator to support enterprises, and (3) Knowledge Transfer and Training to share best practice and build capacity. Such Work Programmes will: (i) Engage stakeholders through communication, dissemination and training activities to raise awareness, build capacity and foster a stronger Black Sea identity; (ii) harmonise data collation, analysis and access to optimize data use in decision and policy making; (iii) strengthen the Black Sea scientific network through new collaborations, and bridge the gap between science and policy; and (iv) provide a range of products to support Black Sea innovation and enterprises.
Hereon-KCN will contribute to two work packages with expertise on harmonization of methods and observations on benthic habitats, and will lead a task on "Assess regulatory ecosystem service capacity and the state of recovery of selected unique shelf seafloor habitats of the Black Sea". Hereon-KSD will be mainly involved in the modelling activity of the river-coast-ocean continuum. The focus is to assess, predict and inform about impacts of climate activity and pollution in the Black Sea based on modelling activities.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-BG-2018-2020 / H2020-BG-2020-2
Project TypeResearch & Innovation Action
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 101000518
Co-ordinatorGEOECOMAR (RO)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Andreas Neumann, Institute of Carbon Cycles, Department of Aquatic Nutrient Cycles, KCN, Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1880; and Dr. Joanna Staneva, Institute of Coastal Systems - Analysis and Modeling, Department of Hydrodynamics and Data Assimilation, KSD, Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1804
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Athina-Erevnitiko Kentro Kainotomias Stis Technologies Tis Pliroforias, Ton Epikoinonion Kai Tis Gn (GR), Burgaski Svoboden Universitet (BG), Carsten Brockmann Consult (DE), Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (IT), Consorcio para la construccion, equipamiento y explotacion del Sistema de Observacion Cost (ES), Derzhavna Naukova Ustanova Tsentr Problem Morskoyi Heologii Heoekolohiyi Ta Osadovoho Rudoutvorennia Nanukrainy Dnu Morheoekotsentr Nan Ukrainy (MGEC) (UA), Dokuz Eylul Universitesi (TR), E-Science European Infrastructure For Biodiversity And Ecosystem Research (ES), EMSO ERIC (IT), Euro-Argo ERIC (FR), EuroGOOS AISBL (BE), European Marine Biological Center European Research Infrastructure Consortium (FR), GeoMarine Ltd. (BG), GIS and RS Consulting Center GeoGraphic (GE), Hellenic Center for Marine Reearch (GR), Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer IFREMER (FR), Institute of Oceanology - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BG), Institutul National de Cercetare - Dezvoltare Marina (RO), Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (IT), Kantor Management Consultants S.A. (GR), Karadeniz Teknik Universitesi (TR), Michael Rea (UK), National Institute of Marine Geology and Geo-Ecology (RO), National Oceanography Centre (UK), Odessa State Environmental University (UA), Organizatia Neguvernamentala Ecologista Mare Nostrum (RO), Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, Ankara (TR), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), P. P. Shirshov Institute for Oceanology (RU), Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and public Administration, North-West Institute (RU), Stichting Deltares (NL), Toulon Var Technologies (FR), Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (ES), Universitatea de Stat Din Tiraspol (MD), University College Cork (IE), University of Stirling (UK)
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Last Update: 02. February 2024