PROJECT +atlantic

Science and Technology Policy and Innovation Analysis to Maximize the Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits of Deep Sea Exploration and Oil and Gas Development in the South Atlantic Region

The context

In this project the Oil & Gas industry (O&G) will be addressed in the broader Energy theme, in parallel with Aquaculture and deep-sea Mining. Economic and environmental risks of O&G industry are higher than for any other industry, and are connected to the complexity and size of new discoveries and to the world market and geopolitical situations. Environmental risks are perceived to be higher in O&G than for the other offshore industries because of the high volumes involved and damaging capacity of the oil products. The number of incidents is small, but their magnitude can be high, leading to interesting risk management strategies of extreme events.

Oil & Gas will be the central issue of risk assessment in +atlantic project while technological developments will be carried on a broader perspective.


The ultimate goal of the +Atlantic project is to promote a consortium in the form of an International Observatory, to stimulate participatory risk governance activities, to support the design of public policies and the sustainable development of industry, so as to foster the endogenous development of Atlantic regions. It is particularly aimed to help improving our understanding of new innovation dynamics and technology-based services for offshore sustainable industries over the Atlantic.

The project has 4 specific objectives:

  1. Creation of a Communication Platform based on suitable information and communication technologies (ICT) for offshore industry in the Atlantic;
  2. Characterization of the dynamics of offshore related industries in the last 40 years;
  3. Identification, analysis, and promotion of most appropriate offshore technologies and methods for inspection and maintenance of subsea systems; integrated ocean observing systems merging in-situ and remote sensing data with high resolution 3D forecast models.
  4. Prevention monitoring and mitigation of environmental risks;
  5. Analysis and discussion of new opportunities, new businesses, new technologies and new jobs for the offshore and onshore industries involving the creation and/or amelioration of infrastructure and encouraging the commercialization of science, technology and the incubation of new industries.

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Work Program

The project is organized into 6 Workpackages as follows:

Coordinator: CMU; Main contributors: Wavec, IST, ISQ; Other contributors: GALP, LUSOTECHNIP

A characterization of the dynamics of offshore related industries in the last 40 years will be carried out. In this project, we have focused on offshore energy (including oil and gas extraction as well as renewable energy production), deep sea mining and offshore aquaculture.


1.1 – Technology-Policy Assessment of offshore industries in the Atlantic

1.2 – Economic Assessment of offshore industries in the Atlantic

1.3 – Environmental Assessment of offshore industries in the Atlantic

Coordinator: IST; Other contributors: ARDITI, ISQ, AM

WP2 includes the analysis of vulnerability to hazards of natural, technological, human, and other origins, as well as opportunities related to the adequate prevention of such hazards. The findings of this WP will help delineating the participatory risk governance platform to promote public and key stakeholders’ discussion on the general and specific risks for maritime industries as well as to improve public awareness about the sector development, technology and progress.


2.1 – A Climatology of the Portuguese ZEE

2.2 – Implementation of web services based on model forecasts

2.3 – Offshore Aquaculture Support Tools

2.4 – Offshore Mining Support

2.5 – Data Assimilation

2.6 – Extrapolation to other Atlantic Areas

Coordinator: CEiiA; Other contributors: ALL

This workpackage deals with development/improvement of mobile and fixed platforms for offshore industries, including monitoring. The project will deal with mobile (Robots) and fixed platforms for local monitoring.


3.1 – Technological Innovation

3.2 – Data management platforms

3.3 – Systems integration and demonstration actions: applications of marine robotics/campaigns

Coordinator: Wavec; Main contributors: IST, ISQ, CEIIA, EMPC; Other contributors: Galp, Technip

The main goal of this WP is to identify opportunities for technology innovation and the routes to attain their commercial development. Technology innovation to be identified under this work package will not only consider the sectors under analysis (energy, aquaculture and mining) but also new methods and technology to evaluate the impact of their operations.


4.1 – Analysis of the technological innovation trends for sustainable offshore exploration

4.2 – Roadmap for getting and deliver technological innovations into the market

Coordinator: ARDITI; Other contributors: IST/MARETEC/LARYSyS, ISQ, CEIIA

A web-based Observatory will be created oriented towards Offshore Maritime industries, Technologies opportunities, Risks including a web portal ( with different ocean observing systems covering the study areas, congregating in-situ and remote data, as well as forecast models. The convenient and progressive integration and harmonization of all this information will increase and facilitate its application in several different activities: ship routing and navigational support, environmental risk studies, all sort of offshore activities including subsea exploration, monitoring purposes. Link to the web portal

Coordinator: IST; Main contributors: CEIIA, Wavec, ISQ, ARDITI; Other contributors: EMPC, GALP, TECHNIP

The main objectives of this task are:

  • To guarantee the implementation of the project
  • To assure the communication between partners
  • To promote the dissemination of project results



Ciência 2017 -

+atlantic project presentation - Science and Technology Policy and Innovation Analysis to Maximize the Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits of Deep Sea Exploration and Oil and Gas Development in the South Atlantic

Speaker: Lígia Pinto MARETEC | LARSys | IST | Portugal



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