CIESM MedGLOSS Program*: continuous sea level measurements in the Mediterranean & Black Seas, in relation to the global climate change and sea level rise.
* The pilot phase of our MedGLOSS program, whose data collection was coordinated by Dov Rosen, our focal point at IOLR, is now ended. It concluded with the successful launch implementation of the WAM (Mediterranean Wave Forecast) Program, now directly managed by Haifa (Israel) which provides 5-day forecasts of wave heights for the whole Basin to the Mediterranean community.

Brief description

The MedGLOSS programme of sea level monitoring network in the Mediterranean and Black seas was initially established as a joint initiative by CIESM and IOC/Unesco in 1997, in response to the forecasted global climate change and sea level rise. MedGLOSS major objectives were to:

    • Detect regional long-term relative and absolute sea-level changes trends and acceleration rates;
    • Determine plate tectonic movements in the domain affecting them, by creation of a densified regional GLOSS subsystem network for long-term sea-level monitoring in the Mediterranean and Black Seas consisting of sea-level monitoring stations already active in GLOSS, strengthened by additional operational sea-level stations in a number of countries along the coasts of the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and with new sea-level stations to be installed on the coasts of countries willing to join MedGLOSS.
    • Facilitate the performance of regional studies regarding sea-level rise, water exchange and tectonic movements by providing standardized quality controlled data of high quality, gathered by the network;
    • Provide assistance, education and training in accordance with the GLOSS-V implementation plan TEMA (Training, Education and Mutual Assistance).

Following an unanimous voting decision at a MedGLOSS workshop held in May 2000 by CIESM and IOC, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research (IOLR) was chosen as focal center for the MedGLOSS network, responsible for maintaining the MedGLOSS data portal (ISRAMAR), for the data gathering of sea-level and additional meteomarine data and for the development of data processing and analysis software.

A year later MedGLOSS and the European Sea Level Service (ESEAS) entered a close cooperation.

MedGLOSS Network

The MedGLOSS network consists of near real time (NRT) stations and delayed mode stations to provide hourly data updated twice per year.

Near Real Time Stations Delayed Mode Stations Candidate NRT Stations                Enlarge the Map

Access Wave Forecast Model (WAM) hosted by ISRAMAR.

Partner Agencies/ Institutions:

IOC, UNESCO, France (GLOSS Programme)

Institute of Oceanography
HCMR, Crete, Greece

Institute of Oceanology, Bulgarian Academy of Science
Varna, Bulgaria

APAT Maritime Service
Rome, Italy

General Command of Mapping
Ankara, Turkey

University of Malta, IOI-Malta Operational Centre
and Physical Oceanography Unit

Instituto Español de Oceanografia
Madrid, Spain

Área de Medio Físico, Puertos del Estado

Institut National de Recherche Halieutique
Casablanca, Maroc

Marine Hydrophysical Institute
National Academy of Science of Ukraine

CLS (Collecte, Localisation, Satellites)
Saint-Agne, France

Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia
Split, Croatia

Ntl Inst. of Marine Research-Development "Grigore Antipa"
Constantza, Romania

Hellenic Navy Hydrographic Service
Athens, Greece

Tbilisi State University

Institut National de Recherche Halieutique
Casablanca, Maroc

CNR, Istituto di Scienze Marine
Trieste, Italy

EPSHOM, Brest, France

CLS (Collecte, Localisation, Satellites)
Ramonville Saint-Agne, France

University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy

Dept.of Fisheries and Marine Research
Nicosia, Cypus

Proudman Oceanographic Lab.
Bidston Observatory, Merseyside, UK