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[[Image:Thermohaline.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Fig.1. The Thermohaline Circulation. Source: IPPC 2001.]]
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[[Image:Diver_right.jpg|100px|right|thumb|Logo of the Blue Book]]
  
The Thermohaline Circulation (THC) also referred to as the “Great Ocean Conveyor” or the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC), can be defined as the density-impelled circulation of the oceans. Thermohaline is derived from the Greek: thermo- for heat and -haline for salt, which constitute the density of water. The water masses transport both energy (heat) and matter (solids, dissolved substances and gasses) around the globe.  Changes in the Thermohaline Circulation alter the global ocean heat transport and affect the global climate.(Broecker, W., 1991<ref>Broecker, W., 1991. The great ocean conveyor. Oceanography 1, 79–89.</ref>)
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An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union -The '''Blue Book'''<ref>COM(2007)575 final, Brussels, 10.10.2007 -An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union -Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions
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The European Commission launched a comprehensive consultation and analysis of how Europe relates to the sea.  
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''(See also the [[Green Paper for a EU Maritime Policy|Green Paper for an EU Maritime Policy]])''
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Building in this valuable input the Commission presented, on 10 October 2007, its vision for '''an Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union''', also called the '''Blue Book'''. This vision is based on the clear recognition that all matters relating to Europe's oceans and seas are interlinked, and that sea-related policies must develop in a joined-up way if are to reap the desired results
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The Blue Book is accompanied by the other 3 documents:
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*a [http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2007:0574:FIN:EN:PDF Report on the stakeholder consultation results]
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*a detailed [http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/pdf/ActionPaper/action_plan_en.pdf Action Plan]-aiming at exploring the full potential of sea-based economic activity in an environmental sustainable manner
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*an [http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/pdf/summary/sec_2007_1280_en.pdf Impact Assessment]

Revision as of 10:30, 3 August 2009

The Blue Book

Logo of the Blue Book

An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union -The Blue Book[1]

The European Commission launched a comprehensive consultation and analysis of how Europe relates to the sea. (See also the Green Paper for an EU Maritime Policy)

Building in this valuable input the Commission presented, on 10 October 2007, its vision for an Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union, also called the Blue Book. This vision is based on the clear recognition that all matters relating to Europe's oceans and seas are interlinked, and that sea-related policies must develop in a joined-up way if are to reap the desired results

The Blue Book is accompanied by the other 3 documents:

  • COM(2007)575 final, Brussels, 10.10.2007 -An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union -Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions