SOCIB: Researching the ocean, sharing the future
Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB) is a Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (ICTS), being the only one of its kind in the Balearic Islands, and is driven by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and the Balearic Islands Regional Government. The main objective of the SOCIB is to develop scientific and technical knowledge, as well as products and services to make Mediterranean sea marine and coastal resources more sustainable and healthy, thus responding to the environmental, economic, and social needs of the Balearic Islands.
SOCIB observes and monitors the Mediterranean Sea in real time through a multi-platform observing system: high-frequency coastal radars, beach integral monitoring systems, gliders or autonomous underwater vehicles, lagrangian observation platforms, fixed oceanographic buoys, meteorological and sea level stations, and the research vessel.
We research the western Mediterranean, focusing on areas of special scientific interest and of high ecological value, such as the Ibiza Channel, the Gulf of Lyon, the Alboran Sea, and the Algerian Basin. MEDCLIC
We transfer knowledge and facilitate decision-making by developing forecasting and supporting tools for safety at sea and for planning oceanographic cruises, among others.
We share our oceanographic and meteorological data and our scientific and technical production in open access, in line with the principles of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) initiative.
In order to develop services that ensure ocean health and sustainability, we are internationally aligned with major ocean observation and forecasting stakeholders and key end-users, such as the marine industry.
We are committed to marine environmental awareness and education, as well as to the promotion of ocean literacy, in line with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
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