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WestWave is a collaborative project led by ESB and involving the major players in the Irish wave energy development sector, who share the common goal of putting Ireland at the forefront of ocean energy globally.

Period: 2012

Organisations: ESB International, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland, Marine Institute, MRIA

Marine Strategy Framework Directive


The European Union's (2008/56/EC) Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) was adopted on 17 June 2008, and came into force on 15 July 2008. It was due to be transposed into national legislation by 15 July 2010 and is the environmental pillar of the European Union’s Integrated Maritime Policy.

The Marine Directive aims to protect more effectively the marine environment across Europe by achieving and maintaining Good Environmental Status (GES) of the EU marine waters by 2020 and by protecting the resource base upon which marine-related economic and social activities depend. To achieve these objectives the Directive establishes European marine regions (the Baltic Sea, the North East Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea) on the basis of geographical and environmental criteria.  

Period: 2008 to 2020

Organisations: Marine Institute, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

EMODnet - Geology


Collate information held by the 14 project partners (the national geological surveys of the countries) and additional datasets that are publicly available which are being used to bring together a web-accessible, interoperable geological spatial dataset for the marine sub-regions

Period: 2009 to 2012

Organisations: Geological Survey Ireland



Five-year NERC-funded consortium of more than 40 researchers comprising glaciologists, marine and terrestrial Quaternary scientists and ice-sheet modellers.

Period: 2013 to 2014

Organisations: Geological Survey Ireland, Marine Institute

MESH Atlantic


To properly design their policies and apply their directives (mainly Habitat and Marine Strategy) Member States and the European Commission alike are dramatically lacking information about the marine environment, of which seabed habitats are an integral part. 

MeshAtlantic wants to promote harmonised production and use of marine habitat maps covering the Atlantic Area. To reach this goal, it intends to adapt and enhance previous achievements to the area, hence bringing the region onto equal footing with northern Europe. 

The key outputs of the project are basically three different sets of maps made homogeneous across the area in the Eunis nature classification. These maps are primarily those which already exist, but need enhancement and harmonisation, detailed bespoke maps covering a limited set of Natura 2000 sites - with some transnational ones – as well as a broad-scale modelled map resulting from the assemblage of readily available data layers. All of these outputs will be freely accessible on an interactive web mapping system. 

By building and acquiring this knowledge, MeshAtlantic intends to serve the community at large. Based on a multi-faceted communication plan, the project will be carried out in close collaboration with marine environment users, among them fishermen, conservationists and managers who act for sustainable use of marine space and resources.    

Period: 2010 to 2013

Organisations: Marine Institute, JNCC



Sustainable offshore wave energy has the potential to make a real contribution towards the binding EU commitment to source 20% of its electricity requirements from renewable sources by 2020.

Period: 2012 to 2015

Organisations: HMRC



MARINET, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is a network of research centres and organisations that are working together to accelerate the development of marine renewable energy technologies - wave, tidal & offshore-wind.

Period: 2011 to 2015

Organisations: SEAI, QUB, HMRC

EMODnet Seabed Habitats


The general objective of the EUSeaMap 2 project is to create a homogeneous seabed habitat map covering all European seas. The main component is to extend the EUNIS (European Nature Information System) broadscale seabed habitat map developed under the EUSeaMap project for the Preparatory action for EMODnet to cover all European basins, with enhanced validation, and to complement this with the collation of any survey habitat maps available from Member States, their translation into EUNIS, and their storage in an attractive portal designed to meet users’ needs fully and effectively.      

Period: 2010 to 2020

Organisations: Marine Institute



Aimed to develop an online educational resource about Ireland's coastal and marine environments with particular focus on coastal geology and geomorphology

Period: 2013 to 2014

Organisations: Geological Survey Ireland, Marine Institute



The INtegrated Mapping FOr the Sustainable Development of Ireland's MArine Resource (INFOMAR) programme is a joint venture between the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Marine Institute.

Period: 2004 to 2020

Organisations: Geological Survey Ireland, Marine Institute

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