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INDO-MARECLIM project summary

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INDO-European Research Facilities for Studies on MARine Ecosystem and CLIMate in India (INDO-MARECLIM) was the first India-EU joint research initiative under the 7th Framework programme of EU co-ordinated by NERCI. The overall objective of INDO-MARECLIM was to use and extend the research infrastructure at Nansen Environmental Research Centre India (NERCI) in order to strengthen scientific cooperation within climate and marine scientific cooperation between scientists and students from India and Europe. Thematically the research topics focused on studies of the impact of monsoons and climate change on the marine ecosystems of the northern Indian Ocean, with emphasis on the coastal zone. The project was designed to exploit and expand the bilateral Indo-Norwegian cooperation built up since 1998 at the Nansen Environmental Research Centre India (NERCI) in Cochin, Kerala and capitalizing from collaboration with other Indian research organizations and agencies, including Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Anna University, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), and TocH Institute of Science and Technology (TIST). The European partners included leading research institutions from Norway, the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), IFREMER in France, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) in UK, Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) in Italy, and ALTERRA in the Netherlands.