Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas – Unidad De Tecnologia Marina

Short Name: CSIC
Country: Spain


Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior Deinestigaciones Cientificas [Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas – Unidad De Tecnologia Marina] is the Natural Resources section of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), a governmental research agency. CSIC is composed of 2400 scientific staff, 1600 technical support staff for science, and 600 administration staff, whose main task is to formulate national science and technology policy, supporting and conducting scientific research programs at national and international level. The participation in this project is the responsibility of The Marine Technological Unit (UTM), which together with the Marine Science Institute constitutes The Mediterranean Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CMIMA) within the area of Natural Resources of the CSIC.

The “Unidad de Tecnologia Marina” (UTM-CSIC) is part of the Natural Resources Area within the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), and has the mission to install, maintain and develop valuable technologies to support the marine and polar national research programs.
UTM-CSIC Provides to the Ministry of Economy and Innovation the logistics and the technical and technological support for accomplish the Marine and Antarctic National R+D Plans, coordinating, maintaining and ensuring good performance of the Large-Scale Facilities such as the Oceanographic Research Vessels and Antarctic stations. Is a complete national service to develop marine science and technology with the joint efforts from scientist and engineers. UTM-CSIC is then the basic instruments to perform international standards services and marine technology to achieve high quality science by the Spanish marine scientist community.

UTM-CSIC is responsible for the Data Management, Data Analysis and Data QC processes of all data acquisition systems placed on-board the Spanish Research Council vessels and Antarctic stations. UTM-CSIC is also involved in several initiatives to reach a common oceanographic data acquisition and dissemination framework


CSIC will be Work Package Leaders on WP3 Joint Research Activities.

CSIC are involved in WP2 Transnational Access.
Access to Research Vessels and related infrastructure: RV Sarmiento de Gamboa [Global/Ocean].

CSIC will also undertake activities in WP1 Project Management, WP4 Call Management and Proposal Evaluation, WP6 Education and Training, WP8 Foresight: Legacy and Roadmap, and WP9 Dissemination and Communication.

CSIC will be mainly involved into two main activities:
1) Design of Equipment for Deep sea research:
Through a period of almost 20 years, UTM-CSIC has acquired a deep knowledge and
Experience in the management and design of Regional and Ocean RVs. The last Spanish RV, the Sarmiento de Gamboa, was built in 2007 under the control of UTM, with the new philosophy of a modular multidisciplinary RV, able to satisfy the needs of many marine research lines (Geophysics, Biology, Oceanography, etc.).

2) Software & Data Management. This package will provide the improvements for the data and information services of the Eurofleets RVs. These improvements will be focused in the services offered on-board to the crew and scientific teams directly involved in cruises, but also the services that the fleet can offer to the “off-board” community to allow researchers, managers and academic community to interact (e-access) with the activities running during the cruises.

Modality of access: Once the cruise is formally included in the yearly based schedule the users are informed and the Marine Technology Unit assist them in the normal cruise planning process.
Outreach to new users: The vessel’s home port of VIGO sits directly on the Atlantic coast giving users direct access to the survey area and the UTM headquarter in Barcelona will hub the vessel to the Mediterranean operational area.

Relevant Publications

Multichannel Seismic Imaging of the Rivera Plate Subduction at the Seismogenic Jalisco Block Area (Western Mexican Margin). Article in Pure and Applied Geophysics 173(10) · June 2016. Rafael Bartolome, E. Gorriz, J.J Danobeitia and Arturo Castellon.

Crustal Architecture at the Collision Zone Between Rivera and North American Plates at the Jalisco Block: Tsujal Project. Article in Pure and Applied Geophysics 173(10-11). September 2016. Rafael Bartolome, Radael Bartolome, … Arturo Castellon, …Carlos Mortera.


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