MTP II – MATER Mediterranean Targeted Project II, MAss Transfer and Ecosystem Response

A project of the European Commission’s Marine Sciences & Technology (MAST) program

The Project


Established by the European Commission in 1993 through the Marine Science and Technology Programme (MAST), the Mediterranean Targeted Project (MTP I, 1993-1996) and the MTP II (1996-1999) represent a major effort in the understanding of the overall functioning of the Mediterranean Sea. The objective of the MTP II-MATER is to study and to quantify the triggering and controlling mechanisms of mass and energy transfer between the different compartments (land – sea, sea – atmosphere, water – sediment, living – non living, pelagos – benthos), in contrasting tropic environments (from eutrophic to oligotrophic) of the Mediterranean Sea and to investigate the ecosystem response to such a transfer. This programme is designed to assess the physical, biological and geochemical processes at various time and space scales, from the entire basin down to the local scale and from inter-annual variations to daily processes with the aim to forecast the global evolution. MTP II – MATER couples both experimental work and modelling. The project gathers 55 research groups from 13 EU Member States and 3 non-EU States.

MTP II – MATER Data Management Structure

According to the MAST data protocol, the MATER programme has to insure the safeguarding of quality controlled data sets properly documented (meta-data), to facilitate their circulation during the project for the benefit of the MATER scientists and make them available for public use after the project completion. It consists of:

Three Regional Data Centers (RDCs) to compile,safeguard and give access to the data sets and the catalogues, making use of the local archiving facilities and their experties in data management:

  • The Regional Data Centre for the Western Basin-IFREMER/SISMER archives the data and meta-data collected by French and Spanish cruises and the data collected in the Western Basin by ships belonging to other nationalities than France, Spain, Italy and Greece (FSIG).
  • The Regional Data Centre for the Adriatic/Ionian Basin-OGS archives the data and meta-data collected by Italian cruises in the Adriatic Sea,Ionian Basin and Sicily Strait by ships belonging to other nationalities than FSIG.
  • The Regional Data Centre for the Eastern Basin-HNODC archives the data and meta-data collected by Hellenic cruises in the Agean Sea, in the Levantine Sea and in the S.E. Ionian Basin by ships belonging to other nationalities than FSIG.

An Animation Task to compile and update continuously the cruise schedule, publish it on the MATER server, make links to the regional centres catalogues and servers and to facilitate the access to the MADAM archives.

The Data Management Structure is supervised by a data expert committee, the project co-ordinator and the data manager.



Data Expert Committee

Andre Monaco (Project Co- ordinator)
LSGM, Perpignan (FRANCE)
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Regional Data Managers

(Institut Francais pour l’ Exploitation de la Mer/Systemes d’Information Scientifiques pour la Mer),
Data Management Co-ordinator
C. Maillard, M.C Fabri, G. Maudire, M. Fichaut, E. Durand

(Osservatorio Geofisico Sperimentale Dept. Oceanology and Environmental Geophysics)
B. Manca, A. Giorgetti

(National Centre for Marine Research/Hellenic National Oceanographic Data Centre)
E. Balopoulos, S. Iona, A. Lykiardopoulos, P. Karagevrekis

Animation Task

J.F. Racape

Western Basin SISMER Adriatic/Ionian Basin OGS Eastern Basin HNODC MTP II – MATER
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