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  • Centro Oceanogrfico de BalearesInstituto Espaol de Oceanografa

    Knowledge, experience and infrastructures to serve our society

  • 1 The Centro Oceanogrfico de Baleares (COB)

    A CENTURY OF

    RESEARCHINGOUR SEAS

    The Centro Oceanogrfico de Baleares

    (Balearic Oceanography Centre - COB) is one of

    nine coastal stations that the Instituto Espaol de

    Oceanografa (Spanish Institute of Oceanography

    - IEO) operates along the coast of the Spanish

    mainland and islands. Since its inception in 1906,

    its primary objective has been to use a multidis-

    ciplinary and comprehensive approach to inves-

    tigate marine biodiversity, ecosystem dynamics,

    and the ecology and relationship of species with

    fishing activities and the environment.

    Currently, a team of about 70 people, work

    to respond to the main challenges faced by ocea-

    nographers today: climate change, biodiversity

    conservation, sustainable use and management

    of marine ecosystems, protection of specific

    habitats and the modelling and prediction of

    ocean dynamics.

    The COB conducts research, technology

    development and outreach projects, as well

    as the training of research and technical

    personnel in marine science subjects ranging

    from observation and experimentation to the

    analysis of samples and data and the reporting

    of results. All these activities are conducted

    using modern scientific and technical

    equipment. Based at the COB headquarters

    in Palma, the institute also operates a variety

    of oceanographic research vessels of different

    sizes, and a tide gauge station.

    Since 2009, the COB has charted the

    scientific direction of the new research station,

    Jaume Ferrer, at the Mola de Menorca, through

    a collaborative agreement between the

    Govern de les Illes Balears and the IEO; soon it

    will expand its facilities to the Balearic R+D+i

    Complex building located in the Parc Bit.

    The broad array of knowledge generated

    by this effort allows the COB to offer a wide

    range of services and products to different

    economic sectors in both government and

    private organizations as well as companies

    that are involved in the use and management

    of the marine environment and the

    exploitation of living resources

  • 1 The Centro Oceanogrfico de Baleares (COB)

    A CENTURY OF

    RESEARCHINGOUR SEAS

    The Centro Oceanogrfico de Baleares

    (Balearic Oceanography Centre - COB) is one of

    nine coastal stations that the Instituto Espaol de

    Oceanografa (Spanish Institute of Oceanography

    - IEO) operates along the coast of the Spanish

    mainland and islands. Since its inception in 1906,

    its primary objective has been to use a multidis-

    ciplinary and comprehensive approach to inves-

    tigate marine biodiversity, ecosystem dynamics,

    and the ecology and relationship of species with

    fishing activities and the environment.

    Currently, a team of about 70 people, work

    to respond to the main challenges faced by ocea-

    nographers today: climate change, biodiversity

    conservation, sustainable use and management

    of marine ecosystems, protection of specific

    habitats and the modelling and prediction of

    ocean dynamics.

    The COB conducts research, technology

    development and outreach projects, as well

    as the training of research and technical

    personnel in marine science subjects ranging

    from observation and experimentation to the

    analysis of samples and data and the reporting

    of results. All these activities are conducted

    using modern scientific and technical

    equipment. Based at the COB headquarters

    in Palma, the institute also operates a variety

    of oceanographic research vessels of different

    sizes, and a tide gauge station.

    Since 2009, the COB has charted the

    scientific direction of the new research station,

    Jaume Ferrer, at the Mola de Menorca, through

    a collaborative agreement between the

    Govern de les Illes Balears and the IEO; soon it

    will expand its facilities to the Balearic R+D+i

    Complex building located in the Parc Bit.

    The broad array of knowledge generated

    by this effort allows the COB to offer a wide

    range of services and products to different

    economic sectors in both government and

    private organizations as well as companies

    that are involved in the use and management

    of the marine environment and the

    exploitation of living resources

  • The research conducted at the COB is determined by R+D+i programs made by different administrations, that are inspired in turn by societal needs, social welfare and the principles of sustainable development. The COB operates with an annual budget of approximately EUR 2 million. This is largely funded by programs for research projects and activities issued by the R+D+i National Plan, the European Framework Programme, the Science, Technology and Innovation Plan of the Govern de les Illes Balears and by bilateral agreements with central and regional administrations, foundations and the productive sector.

    2 The research fields

    Funding of research projects and complementary activities

    (2008-2010):

    European UnionSpanish StateGovern de les Illes BalearsOthers

    The research effort is primarily directed toward the study of:

    Oceanographic processes in the western Mediterranean; in particular the sea around the Balearic Islands, with a special focus on oceanographic changes driven by climate change.

    The ecology and population dynamics of commercially exploited species, and the study of the biotic and abiotic factors affecting these species and their ecosystems.

    The development and transfer of technical measures for the protection of the marine environment and biodiversity conservation.

    Through measurement of marine processes and analysis and data modeling, researchers can provide continuous projections for use in improving the assessment and management of the local marine environment.

  • The research conducted at the COB is determined by R+D+i programs made by different administrations, that are inspired in turn by societal needs, social welfare and the principles of sustainable development. The COB operates with an annual budget of approximately EUR 2 million. This is largely funded by programs for research projects and activities issued by the R+D+i National Plan, the European Framework Programme, the Science, Technology and Innovation Plan of the Govern de les Illes Balears and by bilateral agreements with central and regional administrations, foundations and the productive sector.

    2 The research fields

    Funding of research projects and complementary activities

    (2008-2010):

    European UnionSpanish StateGovern de les Illes BalearsOthers

    The research effort is primarily directed toward the study of:

    Oceanographic processes in the western Mediterranean; in particular the sea around the Balearic Islands, with a special focus on oceanographic changes driven by climate change.

    The ecology and population dynamics of commercially exploited species, and the study of the biotic and abiotic factors affecting these species and their ecosystems.

    The development and transfer of technical measures for the protection of the marine environment and biodiversity conservation.

    Through measurement of marine processes and analysis and data modeling, researchers can provide continuous projections for use in improving the assessment and management of the local marine environment.

  • 3 The research groupsThe research groups currently active in the COB are:

    Our activity in numbers:Human Resources (2008-2010)

    Researchers

    Technicians

    Administration

    Personnel in training

    Scientific production (2008-2010)

    Articles in scientific magazinesTechnical and scientific reportsCommunications to meetings

    Projects and activities Human Resources

    2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010

    Climate Change in the Mediterranean: monitoring and modelling of impacts observed

    through marine hydrodynamics

    Ecology of planktonic communities of the western Mediterranean: study of the lower trophic

    levels of the marine ecosystem

    Larval ecology and recruitment processes: analysis of initial stages in the development of fish,

    crustaceans and cephalopods

    Fisheries acoustics: the use of the sound to study the sea floor and marine living resources.

    Fisheries discards: the study of the impact of fishing on the marine environment and

    development of technical solutions to reduce unnecessary waste from fishing.

    Marine reserves and coastal ecology: evaluation of the effects of marine spatial planning and

    protection policies on coastal ecosystems, their species and the artisanal fisheries.

    Ecosystems, demersal resources and benthos: study of the bottom dwelling species and

    habitats and evaluation of their exploitation status.

    In recent years, the COB has increased its human resources as well as the number of research

    projects and complementary activities. The results of COB research are published as articles

    in scientific journals and presented at international conferences that provide the basis for

    reporting COB scientific and technical advice. SCI articles

  • 3 The research groupsThe research groups currently active in the COB are:

    Our activity in numbers:Human Resources