Director's welcome

Welcome to SOCIB, the Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System located in the Balearic Islands, a new facility of facilities, open to international access.

SOCIB is a multi-platform, distributed and integrated system that provides streams of oceanographic data, modelling services and new technologies to support operational oceanography in a European and international framework, therefore also contributing to the needs of marine and coastal research in the context of global change. In line with EuroGOOS, operational oceanography is here understood in a broad sense, including both the systematic long-term measurement of the seas and their interpretation and dissemination, and also the sustained supply of multidisciplinary data to cover the needs of a wide range of scientific research and societal priorities. This enables a quantitative increase in our understanding of key questions on oceans and climate change, sea level rise, coastal ocean and nearshore processes, ecosystem variability and marine resources, marine safety, among others, and through the application and transfer of this knowledge, lead us towards a more integrated and science based coastal and ocean management.

SOCIB is a joint initiative between the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación) and the Balearic Islands Government (Govern de les Illes Balears). SOCIB activities are science, technology and society driven and accordingly, SOCIB is designed to respond to international scientific priorities and to the increasing need of society for intensive and quasi real-time monitoring and forecasting of the complex coastal environment. The 3 basic elements of SOCIB, the observing facilities, the modelling facility and the data centre facility configure a state of the art marine infrastructure available and open to cooperate in cutting-edge research. From now on, my multidisciplinary team and I are happy to collaborate in leading monitoring and forecasting initiatives and research projects that contribute to science and that also contribute to the strategic needs of industry and society.

Joaquín Tintoré / Reduced Curriculum vitae, Extended Curriculum vitae