The Black Sea checkpoint activity is undertaken by a European consortium of 8 partners and 8 subcontractors, involving 77 experts, plus an external expert panel. The project started on 15th July 2015 for a duration of 3 years. IO-BAS is leading the consortium.

IO-BAS
  • The Institute of Oceanology in Varna is affiliated to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The main research activities are focused on the field of, marine physics, chemistry, geology, biology, coastal dynamics, ecology, ocean technique and technology, data management and underwater investigations. Traditionally involved in all aspects of marine research, IO-BAS also offers consulting and expert services, environmental impact assessment studies, education and training. IO-BAS is the Regional Activity Centre and Focal Point of BSEP.
  • 13 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity : Iliyan Kotsev, Petya Ivanova, Atanas Palazov (principal contact), Marina Panayotova, Violin Raykov, Violeta Slabakova , Hristo Stanchev, Margarita Stancheva, Stefan Stefanov, Kremena Stefanova, Elitsa Stefanova,Antoaneta Trayanova, Maria Yankova 
INCDM
  • The National Institute for Marine Research and Development ”Grigore Antipa” , sub-unit of National Institute for Research and Development for Environmental Protection operating under the coordination of the Ministry of National Education is the leading marine research institution in Romania, as well as national coordinator and focal point with respect to international research tasks and responsibilities in the field of marine science.
  • 7 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: L. Boicenco, L. Buga (principal contact), L. Lazar, V.Maximov, S.Nicolaev, E. Mihailov, T. Zaharia
CMCC
  • CMCC is a non-profit research institution (www.cmcc.it). CMCC manages and promotes scientific and applied activities in the field of international climate change research.
  • 5 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: A. Bonaduce, G. Coppini, S. Lyubarsteva, Nadia Pinardi (principal contact), G. Turrisi
CLS
  • CLS, a subsidiary of CNES (French Space Agency), IFREMER (French Research Institute for exploration of the sea) and ARDIAN, operates and develops since 1986 satellite services in geo-positioning, science and marine environmental data collection, space oceanography and maritime surveillance. CLS has two main offices in France (Toulouse and Brest), and 16 offices and subsidiaries all over the word (e.g. Spain, USA, Peru, Indonesia, Brazil). With a total staff of more than 490, in France and abroad, CLS offers to a broad range of professionals including: government, industry, the scientific community (oceanographers, climatologists, European Commission, Oil & Gas companies, seismic companies) and more: Sea-Fishing and Aquaculture Directorate, CNES French Space Agency (SALP altimetry programme), TOTAL, EDF, City of Dax, Decazeville project Port of Barcelona, EMSA, ESA (Climate Change Initiative and user uptake projects), DG MARE (EMODNET), COAST GUARD, IDBCP, JCOMMOPS, WWF, FAO, ICCAT, CPS, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Sailing races
  • 3 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: Frédérique Blanc (principal contact), Sylvie Giraud, Laurent Soudarin
NKUA
  • The activities of the involved group of this partner are related to research in atmospheric and sea state and renewable energy resources (wind, wave, tidal, solar).
  • 4 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: G.Galanis, George Kallos (principal contact), C. Kalogeri, C. Spyrou
ORION
  • The ORION – Joint research and Development Centre, is a nonprofit institute based in Nicosia, Cyprus. Its members originate from academia, energy agencies, municipalities, governmental departments,research centers, SMEs and individual scientists sensitive to environmental issues and renewable energy promotion. They have extensive experience in project management and participation in research projects at European and national level (such as FP7, Intelligent Energy, MED, ENPI, INTERREG etc) and are heavily involved on the policy level both in Cyprus and in Europe. Furthermore, some of our members are involved on technical advisory committees for related work. The main objectives of ORION are 1) the promotion of research activities in the area of Cyprus and the Mediterranean in general, 2) development of operational information systems and forecasting of environmental phenomena affecting the region surrounding Cyprus 3) protection of natural resources and effective management of environmental risks (eg desertification, droughts, fires and floods, water pollution) 4) the organization of integrated databases, 5) to promote scientific excellence and optimal learning methods, as well as 6) updating and informing citizens and local authorities of Cyprus for the purposes of the Institute
  • 4 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: C. Costa, X. Panayidou, R. Lardner, H.Radhakrishna, George Zodiatis (principal contact)
USOF
  • The Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski, is the first higher education school in Bulgaria, founded
    in 1888. The Department of Meteorology and Geophysics was established within the Faculty of Physics. The research and development activities include regional and coastal sea oceanography, marine biogeochemistry and modelling of marine environment, climate modelling, dynamics of atmosphere and oceans. In particular many efforts are devoted to development of Black Sea science knowledge in the frame of numerous international projects (e. g. ECOOP, SESAME, Euro-Argo, SIDERI, E-AIMS).
  • 4 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: Milena Milanova, Elisaveta Peneva, Nikolay Rachev, Emil Stanev (principal contact)
UPL
  • The University of Plymouth is a Higher Education Institution with over 2500 employees (full time equivalent) and over 30,000 students. Plymouth’s educational legacy spans over 150 years. In that time, Plymouth has established itself as a leader in educational and research innovation. Plymouth is ranked 42 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (universities under 50 years old). In 2011 received the Queen’s Anniversary prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of excellent marine and maritime research. The University has a long record of high quality innovative research as demonstrated by its achievements in the UK Research Assessment Exercise. The university submitted twenty-five Units of Assessment in the 2008 RAE. The results show that the majority of research submitted by the university included world-leading research, achieving the highest rating possible. Overall, 80% of the research was judged as being of international repute.
  • 3 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: Georgy Shapiro (principal contact), F. Wobus, D. Bruciaferri
CLU
  • CLU Srl is a SME funded in 2001. CLU is a technology and consultancy firm with ten-year experience, collaborating with the major Italian and European research institutes. The company is active in the development of IT solutions for project management and the implementation of tools and solutions for the exploitation of project results. CLU’s offer is enriched by proven capabilities in the dissemination of project results to different public and scientific audiences. The main background is Information Technology and Project Management, also including expertise in project results dissemination and exploitation, with a special focus on oceanographic activities (tools for ocean forecast visualization, data management). CLU is a supplier to European Space Agency for geospatial web applications. CLU is partner of the PROAMBIENTE Consortium, founded by the union of several Italian research institutes and various private companies to develop prototypes and offer advanced services for the environmental control and remediation.
  • 3 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: Luisella Bianco, Claudia Cesarini (principal contact), Marco Nuccetelli
IFREMER
  • Created in 1984, IFREMER is a public institute of an industrial and commercial nature (EPIC). It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. IFREMER, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, IFREMER conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manage the oceanographic databases.It also operates a great part of the ocean research fleet, including all underwater systems and large-scale mobile facilities and equipment (seismics, penetrometer, etc.).
  • 3 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: Eric Moussat, Erwann Quimbert (principal contact), C. Satra Le Bris
  • The Institute of Marine Science (IMS) of the Middle East Technical University (METU) is responsible for graduate teaching and research in marine sciences in three main disciplines: (1) Oceanography (2) Marine Biology and Fisheries, (3) Marine Geology and Geophysics. The Institute carries out research (both observational and theoretical) on the national (the Eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish Straits System, the Black Sea) and international waters (e.g. Atlantic, Southern Oceans). The main areas of research are impacts of pollution, nutrient dynamics, circulation dynamics, primary production, phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish population dynamics, acoustical methods in fisheries science, ecosystem and socio-economic modelling and development of adaptive management policies.
  • 6 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: A. C. Gucu, Ahmed Kideys (principal contact), V.Myroshnychenko, B.Salihoglu, S.Tugrul, A. C. Yalciner
SIO-RAS
  • P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences (department of Earth Sciences) was established in 1946.The SIO RAS research activities are carried out by the four departments of Marine Biology and ecology, Hydrophysics, Marine geology, Marine instruments. SIO RAS has five regional branches: Southern branch (Gelendzhik) at the Black Sea coast, Sant- Peterburg’s branch (Sant-Peterburg) and Atlantic branch (Kaliningrad) at the Baltic Sea coast, Northwestern branch (Arkhangelsk) at the White Sea coast, Caspian branch (Astrakhan) at the Caspian Sea coast. The SIO RAS staff is formed by 1214 people including branches.
  • 5 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: A.Kazmin, P.Kosyan, A. Mikaelyan, V. Pietukh, Tamara Shiganova (principal contact)
TSU
  • The Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Its departments and GeoDNA/ADU (IOC/UNESCO) are strongly involved in the research and expertising on marine environmental and ecological research, meteorology, oceanography, education and raise of public awareness. In collaboration with the international organizations university staff members and postgraduate students are taking part in various programs and IP, such as: “Floating University”, MedarMedatlas, NATO sfp 791818 Project, the Science &Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) Project, EU funded projects – SEA-SEARCH, ARENA, ASCABOS, Black SeaScene I/II, SEADATANETI/II, SESAME, PERSEUS, EMODNET I/II, EMBLAS etc.
  • 4 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: Kakhaber Bilashvili (principal contact), D. Kereselidze, M. Metreveli, V. Trapaidze
UKRSCES
  • The Ukrainian Scientific Center of Ecology of the Sea (UkrSCES) was founded in January 1992 on the basis of the Odessa Branch State Oceanographic Institute that was organized in 1968. It is the main institution of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine in the field of marine ecological researches. UkrSCES – is an institution of the state ecological monitoring systems within the Black and Azov Seas, which provides a whole complex of tasks of the ecological monitoring. In 1987 Odessa Branch State Oceanographic Institute was nominated as a Regional National Oceanographic Data Centre (Oil Pollution – MARPOLMON) within the framework of IOD and IODE. In accordance with the Strategic Action Plan for Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea the Centre in 1993 has been accredited as a Regional Activity Centre for Pollution Monitoring and Assessment. In 2014 UkrSCES was nominated as IODE Associate Data Unit (ADU) of the Intergovernmental OceanographicCommission of UNESCO (IOC).
  • 4 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: O. Bratchenko, T. Gavrilova, Richard Lisovsky (principal contact), O. Neprokin,
RES
  • RES Offshore offers integrated development, engineering, construction and AO&M services for utility scale offshore wind, wave and tidal energy projects internationally. RES Offshore has more than 15 years’ experience in offshore wind development having worked on the development of over 5,000 MW of which more than 350MW has been successfully consented and is now in operation. RES Offshore is part of the RES Group, one of the world’s leading independent renewable energy companies. RES has developed and/or built over 8GW of wind energy capacity worldwide and is active in a range of renewable technologies including onshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission.
  • 2 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity: Ed Frost (principal contact), G. Vella
MR
  • SC Marine Research SRL is a company specialized in scientific research whose activity spans in various fields of marine and related sciences: marine geology and geophysics, hydrochemistry and geochemistry, hydrology, marine biology and ecology, marine protected areas, coastal management, cartography and GIS. A full range of state-of-the-art acoustic (sonars), hydrochemical sensors, in-situ mass spectrometer, water and sediment sampling equipment are available for field work. We have also sediment and water laboratory analytical capabilities. We operate 3 coastal vessels, 1 ROV, and fleet of 4 AUVs. Our staff is highly trained and experienced. We provide a wide range of services dedicated to industrial and environmental applications regarding the underwater environment. Among the services that we can offer are the bathymetrical mapping of marine areas, rivers and lakes, visualizing and characterizing the floor of aquatic basins, mapping bottom sediments types and physical and chemical parameters of water bodies, measuring velocity and direction of marine and fluvial currents as well as the sedimentological and geochemical investigation of bottom material from lakes and seas and hidrochemical investigations.
  • 3 experts are involved in the Black Sea checkpoint activity:  A. Ionescu, A. Lazar, Viorel G. Ungureanu (principal contact)