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COMMON SENSE Report Summary

Project ID: 614155
Funded under: FP7-ENVIRONMENT
Country: Spain

Periodic Report Summary 2 - COMMON SENSE (COST-EFFECTIVE SENSORS, INTEROPERABLE WITH INTERNATIONAL EXISTING OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEMS, TO MEET EU POLICIES REQUIREMENTS)

Project Context and Objectives:
COMMON SENSE project, will contribute to supporting the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and other EU policies (e.g. Common Fisheries Policy), providing easily usable across several platforms, cost-effective, multi-functional innovative sensors to detect reliable in-situ measurements on key parameters by means of methodological standards, able to interoperate with international observing services. This project will focus, by means of a multidisciplinary and well-balanced consortium on eutrophication, contaminants, marine litter and underwater noise descriptors of the MSFD.
The new generation sensors will be able to share data with existing and new observing systems and will be compatible with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS).
Sensors designed within COMMON SENSE will provide data on key descriptors identified by the MSFD and thus will contribute in reaching GES of European marine ecosystems. Marine environment knowledge, and data access, will increase allowing to take strategic decisions in terms of marine protection/conservation.
Cost-effectiveness of the new sensors developed by the project will enable to save millions of Euros at European scale. The new applied technology will make possible in-situ sample collection, reducing all the cost and resources required derived from data collection. Real time information thanks to the pre-processor inserted within sensors which able to interpret the signal measured by the sensors and send the information directly to the communication platform.
The components of each of the sensors produced (WP4 to WP8) will be individually developed, assessed and optimised before being integrated to form a working precompetitive prototype for laboratory and field testing (WP9) (low energy consumption and minimum weight).
Marine knowledge is essential from two different points of view, on one hand because marine activities are totally related to knowledge of physical, chemical, environmental and biological water properties, this is more evident in activities like fisheries, aquaculture, marine biotechnology and renewable energy, and on the other hand because knowledge is a necessary tool to forecast unbalances and environmental risks. The strength lies in the combination of the observations systems (remote sensing, in situ observations and modelling) and the integration of monitoring strategies at a European scale as a powerful insight and forecast tool. COMMON SENSE believes that the implementation of integrated monitoring systems will not only benefit the instruments and services providers, but also provide added-value societal benefits, generating a large macro-economic effect and promoting the creation of new job opportunities related with the project results.
The purpose of the project is to develop effective in-situ observing sensors that increase European SME competitiveness and in to encourage employment and social growth. The project will boost open data concept, widening data access and generating value through re-use of a specific type of data and thus address societal challenges and fostering participation of citizens.

Project Results:
During this second reporting period (from month 18 to month 30) work in several Workpackages has been undertaken. WP1 and WP2 were closed within previous reporting period: and as significant activities we can consider: two project meetings were carried out, twelve deliverables were submitted, five Milestones were achieved, and first prototypes were deployed. As significant results, we can consider:
• First deployments of nutrient and underwater noise sensors, and MISS system.
• Pre final version of most of sensor prototypes
• Future deployments scheduled
• First version of Web Platform implementation.
• Collaboration with OoT projects, especially regarding data interoperability.
• Strong participation from partners in dissemination activities.

Potential Impact:
According to a preliminary assessment made by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Ocean (JPI Oceans), the annual research budget dedicated to marine and maritime research in Europe is close to €1.9 billion, out of which 40% is spent on marine research infrastructures. A second economic impact assessment in the framework of EMODNet concludes that Europe annually spends €1.4 billion for marine and ocean data collection, of which €0.4 billion for data acquisition by satellites and €1.0 billion by in-situ data collection. The impact assessment on marine knowledge estimated that a proper integrated approach to managing marine data would save €300 million a year for existing users of marine data. Moreover, the value of new innovative products and services derived from better access for entrepreneurs, small businesses and academic institutions could be of the order of €60 to €200 million per year.
Cost-effectiveness of the new sensors developed by the project will enable to save millions of Euros at European scale. The new applied technology will make possible in-situ sample collection, reducing all the cost and resources required derived from data collection. Real time information thanks to the pre-processor inserted within sensors which able to interpret the signal measured by the sensors and send the information directly to the communication platform.
Expected impacts of the final results of COMMON SENSE include;
• Increase availability of standardised in-situ data and the temporal and geographic coverage of in-situ marine sensors to enhance the European contribution to global monitoring of the oceans
• Reduce the cost of the current data collection system enhancing marine activites’ management (e.g. fisheries)
• Provide marine European industry, and in particular SMEs, with competitiveness within the marine sensing sector.
• Enable better cooperation between marine key sectors (manufacturing Industry, ICT, etc)
• Support the implementation of European Maritime Policies (MSFD, CFP, IMP, etc.)
• Promote new discoveries leading to better understanding of the seas.

List of Websites:
www.commonsenseproject.eu/
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