Research Themes


The aim of AORA Coordination and Support Action is to provide Europe, the United States and Canada with relevant and responsive information on the status of these research areas to meet scientific and industry needs in the North Atlantic.

This will be provided through the provision of preliminary mapping and connectivity assessments  and detailed/sectoral analysis to contribute to aligning the planning and programming of trans-Atlantic research activities. The primary objective will be the launching of joint Research & Innovation initiatives while building on existing ones.

The following priority research areas were identified in the Galway Statement and adopted by the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

Governance & Coordination This Work Package helps support the entire Support Action ensuring efficient governance and timely coordination between all the partners within the Support Action. It asks ultimately to support the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.
Networking & Conferences Our objective is to organise networking and conference events to support inclusiveness and to provide a platform to engage the widest European and North American input in terms of research policy makers and funders, research performers, major regional and pan-European research networks, and including industry and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) representatives.
Communication & Dissemination Our objective here is to supports Communications and the Dissemination of information on activities of the Support Action and the AORA to the AORA and Support Action partners and to the wider North American Atlantic Research Community including research policy makers and funders, researchers and research institutes (including the education sector), major regional and pan-European research networks, and including industry and Non-governmental organisation representatives
Ecosystem Approach to Ocean health and Stressors
Ecosystem Approach to Ocean Health and Stressors This work package supports the AORA Ecosystem Approach to Ocean Health & Stressors Working Group. The Work Package is led by Mark Dickey-Collas, ICES. The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) coordinates and promotes marine research in the North Atlantic, including adjacent seas such as the Baltic Sea and North Sea.
Ocean Observation
Ocean Observation Atlantic ocean observations are essential for providing reliable data to develop the blue growth agenda, oil and gas exploration, assessment of marine environmental status, safety and security, protection from natural hazards, understanding marine science, health of marine environment, etc. Observation involves the measurement of many variables such as temperature, pressure, chlorophyll and wind speed, to name a few, that are needed to be able to model and forecast for ocean management.
Seabed and Benthic Habitat Mapping
Seabed and Benthic Habitat Mapping We need to better understand the features and biodiversity that make up the ocean seabed. With global population and seafood demand spiralling, we need to map our seabed to define favourable habitats for fishing, key sites for conservation, and safe navigation for shipping. Map it, manage it, and mind it.
Marine Biotechnology
Marine Biotechnology Marine Biotechnology is the study of how marine organisms, either as the source or the target of applications, can be used to provide us with services and products through the use of cutting edge techniques in biological technology and engineering.
Aquaculture The aquaculture industry is experiencing increased environmental challenges and there is a need for advice on sustainable management approaches. Research into interactions between aquaculture and the environment has high priority.
Ocean Literacy
Ocean Literacy Ocean literacy is all about understanding the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean. This is a North American initiative originally where a programme was developed to inform and educate the citizen at all levels across society with a particular focus on Young People.
Shared Access to Research Marine Infrastructures
Shared Access to Research Marine Infrastructures There is a vast range of marine research infrastructures between North America and Europe from ocean-going vessels carrying research stations and deployable equipment, state-of-the art electronics, navigational and communication systems to the necessary information systems and servers containing all the data collected, satellite systems, data buoys and autonomous underwater vehicles carrying different sensors.
Knowledge Sharing Platform The aim is to establish a long-term Knowledge Sharing Platform in the identified research priorities to allow for long-term usability of the data, information and knowledge thereby ensuring tangible value creation from invested resources.