The Consortium for Innovation in the Framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean (iFADO) and is a global network services at regional and subregional scale using the EU Atlantic Waters as case study for implementate and demonstrate the application of innovative products.


Instituto Superior Técnico
IST is the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology in Portugal. IST as the iFADO coordinator will ensure the achievement of the project
objectives and the delivery of results and outputs on time while setting up an efficient information flow and guaranteeing robust financial management.

Full Partners

NOVETIS has a thorough experience in remote sensing and numerical
modelling applied to ocean applications: ocean current / ocean tide,
altimetry, ocean colour and SST. NOVELTIS developed a processing chain toautomatically ingest and process large amount of data.
Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique
Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique is a competitiveness cluster dedicated to
maritime activities since 2005. Managing a membership of about 350, PMBA aims at promoting economic competitiveness vs. innovation and is the interface with industrial skateholders (transfer of knowledge).
Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia
FRCT coordinates and manage in Azores the financial resources available
for scientific research and technological development from European and
International programs. FRCT facilitates the link between the scientific and
technological system of the Azores to participate in R&D proposals. FRCT is leading WP2 – Project Communication
Foras na Mara
This Marine Institute has formulated and maintained a range of regional and local hydrodynamic models on an operational and stand-alone basis. He also participed in Scientific qualification of CMEMS IBI modelling system. The Institute will lead WP7.
Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera
IPMA is devoted to ocean and atmosphere research, technological
development and innovation, including monitoring/research surveys for
sustainable exploitation of marine resources. IPMA is the national institute responsible for monitoring the Portuguese continental waters under the CFP, MSFD, HD, WFD
Instituto Español de Oceanografía
IEO is a public research institute founded in 1914 and devoted exclusively to marine related studies including fisheries, aquaculture and marine environment studies. It is the advisory body to the government in marine affairs, on its oceanographic and fisheries policies. IEO coordinates WP4.
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
United Kingdom
PML have world-class expertise in Earth Observation and socio-economics.
PML produce data for the Atlantic in the CMEMS ocean colour TAC and
leaders of the ESA ocean colour CCI project. This Laboratory will lead WP6.
Faculdade de Ciência da Universidade de Lisboa
FCUL as a highly recognized Expertise in oceanography, phytoplankton ecology, photosynthetic pigments, use of ocean colour remote sensing, water quality, biodiversity and community structure, Harmful algal blooms, phytoplankton size classes and functional types
Universidade da Madeira
UMa will develop activities in WP 4 ‘In situ monitoring’ where a station for
regular monitoring will be set up and maintained. At this station, oceanographic (temperature, salinity, oxygen, light, turbidity), chemical (dissolved nutrients) and biological (phytoplankton, phytopigments) data will be obtained and analysed. The output of activities in WP4 will become available for WP8 contributing data for satellite ground trothing and model comparison.
Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias
This partner main skills are related with Infrastructure to support research, tech-development and innovation in marine and maritime sectors, to promote long-term ocean observation and sustainability, through a cost-effective services combination as ocean observatory, marine test site, underwater vehicles base, training and innovation hub.
Natural Oceanography Centre
United Kingdom
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean
research and technology development from coats to the deep ocean. It
provides long-term marine science capability including: major facilities;
sustained ocean observing, mapping and survey; data management; and
scientific advice.

Associated Partner

Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica
The Division for the protection of the sea (from DGSCM-MAPAMA), is In
charge of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, MSP Directive, Natura
2000 and other obligations related to marine biodiversity protection, as well as the focal point for the Regional Seas Conventions of OSPAR and Barcelona.
An Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála, Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil
DHPCLG is the Irish Competent Authority for WFD, MSFD and MSP. They
represent the Irish government at EU level on these directives and as Head of Delegation at OSPAR and are currently a Vice-Chair of OSPAR.
Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs
United Kingdom
This public body will be act as Advisory and Policy support Member of the iFado Advisory Board.
Direção Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos
DGRM is a Central Department under administration of Ministry of the Sea.
DGRM Mission include: Preservation policies and knowledge of marine natural resources; Execution of fishing and aquaculture policies; Maritime and ports services; Monitoring and conservation of the marine environment.
Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais
This entity is responsible for defining policies in the sectors water, environment, coastal, land use, and protected areas, as well as ensure the planning and coordination of the implementation of regional, national and Community funds for the Madeira archipelago.
CoLAB +ATLANTIC is a non-profit private association comprising, at the moment of writing, 13 Portuguese members (6 enterprises, 3 universities and 4 non-profit associations of scientific nature or public utility) of different areas of the country and different backgrounds. The latter range from robotics (submarine and aerial), climate modelling and renewable energies to satellites and remote sensing services. CoLAB +ATLANTIC will constitute an important technical node of the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre) as well as of the recently created Portuguese Space Agency (Portugal Space).
Mercator Ocean International
This organization will Ensure the link of the iFado project with the EU Copernicus Marine Service (CMEMS)
Direção Regional dos Assuntos do Mar
DRAM is the environmental authority, which is responsible for the
implementation of the MSFD in the Azores. As a policy maker, it will establish the link between the WP leaders, researchers and the policies to be implemented.
Agence Française pour la Biodiversité
This Agency supports public policies for the protection of the marine environment and for the creation of marine protected areas. In charge of the MSFD coordination. Supports the French Ministry of environment for the MSFD and WFD implementation. Involved in marine data gathering and knowledge programs.