+ATLANTIC: Science and Technology Policy and Innovation Analysis to Maximize the Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits of Deep Sea Exploration and Oil and Gas Development in the South Atlantic Region

Research teams: CMU; IST-ID; ARDITI; M-ITI
Main Research Area: Sustainable oil and gas industry; South Atlantic and Sub-­Saharan Africa; Offshore industry; Technological innovation opportunities
CMU Portugal Program webpage: http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=6333
Principal Investigators: Ramiro Neves (IST-UL); Michael Griffin (CMU; EPP); Scott Matthews (CMU; CEE)

The project is specifically focused on improving our understanding of new innovation dynamics and technology-based services for offshore and oil & gas sustainable industries in the South Atlantic, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa regions. Its goals are fourfold:

– to promote an International Observatory, “OIPG – South Atlantic”

– to stimulate participatory risk governance activities

– to support the design of public policies

– to suggest pathways for sustainable industrial development fostering endogenous development of the Atlantic region.

The proposed research includes case studies to determine the impact of emerging opportunities for data monitoring, environmental protection, risk governance, and understanding the impact of oil and gas supply chains. Of special interest are subsea technologies, the construction of new and specialized platforms to support vessels integrating renewable off-shore energy, the development of reliable onshore gas exploration processes, and the development of strategies designed to minimize health, safety, and environmental risks across all elements of these systems.