The Marine Institute is Ireland’s national agency for marine research, technology, development and innovation and promotes sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resources. The Marine Institute was established in 1991. The majority of the 172 staff are based in our Headquarters and Laboratory Facilities in Oranmore, County Galway; which is a purpose-built world-class marine research facility completed in 2006. The Marine Institute also has a Catchment Research Facility in Newport, Co. Mayo, an office in Dublin city where the Irish Maritime Development Office is based, Ocean Energy test & demonstration sites in Galway and Mayo, plus staff operating from various ports around Ireland. The Marine Institute manages two national research vessels Celtic Explorer and Celtic Voyager, and the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Holland I. Both vessels are fitted with state-ofthe-art scientific equipment to undertake off-shore and deep-sea research, and provide student training. The Ocean Science and Information Services (OSIS) team in the MI is responsible for the provision of oceanographic services to the Irish government including Ocean Modelling, National Weather Buoy Network, Irish Tide Gauge Network and standard oceanographic cruise sections in the NE Atlantic. Marine Institute will be involved in WP1 of AtlantOS is helping to define the user requirements for ocean observing systems based on previous work completed with IBI-ROOS and EuroGOOS. Our fisheries scientsists will work on WP2 where we will add value to existing fisheries surveys in the Atlantic. Through our international network of collaborators we will work on forging links between the coastal observing communities on both sides of the Atlantic in WP4. MI has a major role in both coordinating and carrying our activities in WP8 including case studies on HAB forecasting, aquaculture site development and coastal flooding. MI will also be involved in WP9 examining the overall fitness for purpose of the observations in AtlantOS.
Rinville, Oranmore, Galway, Ireland