Role in RISC-KIT: The main tasks of IO-BAS within RISC-KIT will be (i) collect coastal hazard related historical and recent data for the Varna site including socio-economic, cultural and environmental data involving key stakeholders WP1; (ii) suggest and evaluate potential prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures for the site in a loop consultation with end users WP4; (iii) test the CRAF tool on the study site for historic, contemporary, as well as scenario events in order to identify hot spot(s) for which EWS will be set up and tested; solutions underlying in DRR plans will tested too WP5; (iv) disseminate plans and products to stakeholders and communicate achievements to the broad public thus pursuing continuity of the initiatives WP6.
The Institute of Oceanology (former name Institute for Marine Research and Oceanology up to 1985) was founded on 1st July, 1973 in Varna by The Council of Ministers. Its scope of activities embraces: investigations on marine physics, chemistry, hydrology, meteorology and climatology, sea bottom geomorphology, hydrodynamics, lithodynamics, geomorphology of the coastal zone and creation of scientifically grounded norms for design, construction and exploitation of marine hydrotechnical and port structures with the aim to use effectively the Black Sea resources.
The scientists of the Institute have acquired more than 50 certifications for innovations, 9 patents and 3 more are in a procedure for approval.
The scientists of IO have been lecturing in higher schools and universities since 1980. Their activities grow wider after 1991 when the subjects Oceanology and Marine Ecology were included in the curriculums of the Navy School N. I. Vaptsarov. They read lectures on more than 50 subjects in the Navy School, Technical University, Medical University, Shoumen University, etc. Graduation papers guidance has started since 1983 and up to now over 100 graduation students have been assisted. From 1989 has started full-time education of Ph.D. students.
Within 35 years the Institute of Oceanology has won recognition as a leading center of marine sciences in Bulgaria.
Lead person: Nikolay Valchev
Associate Professor at the Coastal zone dynamics Department.