For the on-site access, the infrastructure will be open for all researchers, from Portugal and abroad, who are integrated in a research centre. Research visits can be organized at MARE poles, including its field stations. CoastNet equipment will be available (e.g. scientific equipment, boats, etc.) and will also provide all the necessary conditions for additional field and laboratory work. Skilled staff may also be available for supporting additional activities.
The proposals to use the research infrastructure will be submitted to the Scientific Commission (SC) for evaluation in terms of their relevance and feasibility. Co-funding will be pursued to support research visits, especially from European sources. In addition, for researchers with no external support, conditions for on-site access will be directly negotiated.
Virtual access will consist of the use of a web-based platform to access large datasets (e.g. temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll a, fish tracking data) collected continuously in selected estuaries and adjacent oceanic waters.
Historical datasets will also be available. These datasets will be available to the scientific community, and therefore researchers with on-site access can make use of them. Moreover, methodological and identification guides will be developed and available in the virtual platform.
Customised remote access will include specific requests in terms of know-how and data availability. A specific fee for the service may be requested. This is designed to promote the interaction between the scientific community and private companies.