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Technologies for Ocean Sensing

Objective

TechOceanS will produce and demonstrate in multiple underwater vehicles, 9 new technologies enabling a step change in ocean biology, chemistry and plastic observation.
The technologies include 5 sensors, two imaging systems, a sampler and a new image processing method using Artificial Intelligence (AI) that enables data compression and transmission of information about key variables from the remote ocean. All the systems are robust and submersible to >2000 m and collectively measure at least 63% (12/19) of priority Biogeochemical and Biology and Ecosystems “Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs)” and at least 53% (39/73) of these EOV’s sub-variables. The systems also measure litter, plastics, biotoxins, parasites, pathogens and organic pollutants of relevance to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) as well as fisheries, aquaculture and offshore industries.
The sensors include: i) an in situ analyser for Nucleic Acids (DNA and RNA) including eDNA for quantifying species and genes; Lab on a chip (LOC) sensors that will sense ii) nutrients and the carbonate EOVs; and iii) organic contaminants and toxins detected with recombinant antibodies; iv) a primary productivity sensor using time resolved fluorescence; and v) a micro (LOC) cytometer for microorganisms and microplastics.
The imaging systems will demonstrate the new image workflow and target benthic (seabed) and pelagic (water column) biology and plastic. The sampler collects up to 1000 particle samples and can be used for plastics, microorganisms and eDNA for later analysis (e.g. sequencing of nucleic acids.)
TechOceanS will demonstrate technologies at two sites (Naples, Gran Canaria) for science, aquaculture, fisheries, regulator and industrial users. The project will both develop and use best practices, and will collaborate and disseminate widely with stakeholders and the international community including by hosting training events on ocean observing technologies. TechOceanS expects to commercialise the technologies resulting from this project.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/nucleic acid
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence

Call for proposal

H2020-BG-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

IA-LS - Innovation action Lump Sum

Coordinator

NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHY CENTRE
Address
European Way
SO14 3ZH Southampton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 984 916,34

Participants (12)

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 808 556,61
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSORCIO PARA EL DISENO, CONSTRUCCION, EQUIPAMIENTO Y EXPLOTACION DE LA PLATAFORMA OCEANICA DE CANARIAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 717 437,50
Address
Carretera De Taliarte
35200 Telde
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 202 051
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 352 000
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
STAZIONE ZOOLOGICA ANTON DOHRN
Italy
EU contribution
€ 405 000
Address
Villa Comunale
80121 Napoli
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 499 892,50
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
Activity type
Research Organisations
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 679 250
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
INTRIGO LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 113 804,70
Address
Olympic House, Pleasants Street
D08H67X Dublin 8
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AQUA TT UETP COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 235 362,50
Address
Pleasants Street Olympic House
8 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CYPRUS SUBSEA CONSULTING AND SERVICE C.S.C.S. LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 236 649,15
Address
Paragogikotitas 34A
2326 Lakatamia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHELSEA TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 296 391,87
Address
Central Avenue 55
KT8 2QZ West Molesey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SORBONNE UNIVERSITE
France
EU contribution
€ 444 350
Address
21 Rue De L'ecole De Medecine
75006 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments