The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Portuguese Institute of Ocean and Atmosphere (IPMA) have signed a memorandum of understating to cooperate on ocean research.
The Portuguese institution monitors and looks after the nation’s oceans, land and atmosphere. The institute is also tasked with conducting basic research int climate change, human health, and fisheries.
The memorandum was signed in Lisbon, where a WHOI delegation was attending the UN Ocean Conference. The document sets out areas of common interest where both organizations will collaborate, including by exchanging academic staff and other materials.
The MOU was signed WHOI President and Director Peter de Menocal, who stated:
“We share a common interest with IPMA in improving knowledge about the North Atlantic. It only makes sense that we would turn to our friends and colleagues across the ocean to ensure that we work together in the most effective and efficient way possible. The oceans are global and it’s important we act accordingly so that we can support the lives, livelihoods, and security of people everywhere.”