The Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) is the Government body responsible for the coordination and supervision of global programmes that consolidate the National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation and the country’s participation on key observing networks. Over the past years, the Ministry has sponsored and promoted Brazil as an Ocean science leader in the Tropical and South Atlantic through the establishment of new ocean programmes and corresponding infrastructure that helped leverage Ocean sciences in Brazil and afield. Key areas of research encompass the South Atlantic tropical Islands, the Amazon fan and Antarctica. Several global ocean observing networks and programmes are presently supported by Brazil, such as the Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA); the South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation Project (SAMOC); the Brazilian Coastal Monitoring System (SIMCOSTA); the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), as the ocean component of GEOSS, to name a few. Other relevant local research initiatives, such as the “Monitoring of the upper ocean transport variability in the western South Atlantic” (MOVAR), also count for MCTI’s financial, infrastructural and political support. In order to support on a rather sustainable mode all the existing and planned ocean activities, MCTI has engaged on a few public-private partnerships, the very first of them encompassing Petrobras, Vale, the Brazilian Navy and MCTI, for the acquisition of a new ocean-class research vessel to start her activities early 2015. Worth noting is the ongoing process led by MCTI for the setting up of a National Institute for Ocean and Waterways Research (INPOH), a Federally-funded Research Institution, that will strengthen and help establish local and international partnerships and expertise, through engagement on major global research programmes and initiatives such as GEOSS and those already identified under “Horizon 2020” (AtlantOS; the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance – the “One-Atlantic” Alliance etc.).
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