The Oceanographic Observatory of Madeira (OOM) is a research unit within the "Regional Agency for Research Development, Technology and Innovation (ARDITI)" and aims to consolidate itself as a center of excellence dedicated to research and permanent monitoring of the ocean. It brings together a multidisciplinary scientific community of about 70 researchers from various entities to promote cooperation and make resources more profitable.
The MARE-Madeira group of OOM is dedicated to the study and monitoring of the marine environment, concentrating its activities and scientific publications mainly in the study of the impacts of marine pollution and the introduction of non-indigenous species. The group is also dedicated to assessing the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems and the biogeography of benthic communities. In the last four years, a monitoring program for non-indigenous species of the archipelago of Madeira was started, with samplings in ports, marinas, inspections of ship hulls in dry dock and drifting marine garbage. As a result of this activity, new species have been described for Madeira and even new species have been discovered for science. More information at: www.canning-clode.com
The team will participate in the following MIMAR project activities:
Activity 2.1.1 - Characterization of the maritime traffic and of the existing species or communities in docks, hulls, ballast water and sediments of ships tanks or oil platforms that arrive at the ports of the region.
Activity 2.1.2 - Monitoring of the biological communities (fauna and flora) settled in the interior and exterior of the port facilities, determining the interactions that exist between these and the native species.
Activity 2.1.3 - Development of protocols for the control and surveillance of introduced alien species, especially those of an invasive nature that affect the NATURA 2000 Network.
Activity 2.3.1 - Evaluation of ecosystemic changes as a consequence of global climate change and / or human activities in the Macaronesian coastal funds and analysis of the loss of ecosystem services.
Activity 2.3.2 - Identification of resilience areas for habitats of the Natura 2000 Network and development of mitigation and conservation measures.