Advanced Master

Building the blue growth knowledge potential: from marine data management to ecological modelling and hazards monitoring

Hours: 24


Introduction to main EU marine policies

  • An overview of the recent main EU marine policies (Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Water Framework D., Maritime Spatial Planning D., Habitat & Bird Directives) and to non-EU Mediterranean initiatives addressing the achievement and conservation of good ecosystem status and connected with the Blue Growth strategy (eg. UNEP/MAP, MED/POL).

Introduction to sustainable blue growth initiatives in the Mediterranean

  • Blue economy and environmental sustainability: promoting opportunities to blue jobs and growth while protecting the marine environment.

From data to knowledge for sustainable blue growth

  • The efforts at European level in the framework of Marine Knowledge 2020 initiative in order to collect and share data, information and knowledge to improve our understanding of how the seas behave.

Data access and viewing systems

  • Discovering European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet), one of the main European infrastructures in charge of collecting, archiving and giving access to data related to the marine environment as well as related to maritime activities in the European basins.

Acquisition and processing of marine geophysical and seismic data

  • Understand the aims and applicability of seismic data acquisition and processing.

Importance of marine biodiversity

  • How to preserve the ecosystem functioning and change of diversity due to anthropic impact.

Oil spill hazards – a modelling approach

  • A brief overview on the oil drilling and shipping activities and related threads and impacts to the marine environment and legislation and risk management measures. Followed by presentations of specific case studies.

Assessment of marine geohazards: a case study in the Ionian Calabrian Margin (Central Mediterranean)

  • Concepts of hazard, vulnerability, risk, mitigation, resilience, geohazards assessment.
  • Presentation of the different natural marine geohazards.
  • Use of integrated acoustic methods to identify marine geohazards and examples of geohazards assessment in the Ionian sea (Central Mediterranean).

Uncovering the Mediterranean salt giant (MEDSALT)

  • Study of the unique salt giant is inherently cross-disciplinary, embracing geology, geophysics, geochemistry, microbiology, and paleoclimatology. It is an opportunity for the scientific community to share objectives, data, expertise and tools with industry.

Recommended textbooks

  • Yilmaz, Öz (2001). Seismic data analysis. Society of Exploration Geophysicists. ISBN 1-56080-094-1
  • Other references to selected scientific papers will be provided during the lessons.
  • Report on the Blue Growth Strategy
Towards more sustainable growth and jobs in the blue economy, Brussels, 31.3.2017 SWD(2017) 128 final.
  • Bluemed, Research and innovation initiative
for blue jobs and growth in the Mediterranean area, Strategic research and innovation agenda (SRIA), Ad hoc advisory group of the BLUEMED Initiative.
  • De Dominicis M., Pinardi N., Zodiatis G., Lardner G. 2013. MEDSLIK-II, a Lagrangian marine suerface oil spill model for short-term forecasting -Part 1: Theory, 2013. Geoscientific Model Development. Vol. 6, Issue 6, 1871-1888.
  • De Dominicis M., Pinardi N., Zodiatis G., Archetti R. 2013. MEDSLIK-II, a Lagrangian marine suerface oil spill model for short-term forecasting -Part 2: Numerical simulation and validations, 2013. Geoscientific Model Development. Vol. 6, Issue 6, 1851-1869.
  • Melaku Canu D., Solidoro C., Bandelj V., Quattrocchi G., Sorgente R., Olita A., Fazioli L., Cucco A. 2015. Assessment of oil click hazard and risk at vulnerable coastal sites. Marine pollution bulletin. Vol., 94, issue 1-2, 15 May 2015, Pages 84-95.
  • EU DIRECTIVE 2008/56/EC establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive).
  • EU  DIRECTIVE 2013/30/EU on safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC.