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Radioactivity Monitoring in Ocean Ecosystems

Objective

Natural radioactivity in the marine environment has been present since the Earth’s formation, while artificial radionuclides were introduced into the oceans in 1944. More recent direct sources exist that feed the oceans, such as low-level liquid discharges from reprocessing plants, large-scale releases due to disasters (e.g. Fukushima hit by the tsunami in 2011), and smaller-scale radiological events. Exploration of submarine environments should consider the existence of radioactivity in terms of its short- and long-term impact on marine and coastal ecosystems, also in correlation to natural hazards, such as seismic activity over submarine faults. Significantly undersampled in oceans, radioactivity poses real risks to marine ecosystems and human population, urging for detailed, data-driven modelling.
RAMONES aims to offer new and efficient solutions for in situ, continuous, long-term monitoring of radioactivity in harsh subsea environments. A new generation of submarine radiation-sensing instruments, assisted by SoA robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) will be developed towards understanding radiation related risks near and far from coastal areas, while providing data towards shaping new policies and guidelines for environmental sustainability, economic growth and human health.
The main ambition is to lay a radical new path to close the existing marine radioactivity under-sampling gap and foster new interdisciplinary research in threatened natural deep-sea ecosystems. RAMONES will invest a significant effort to provide tools for long-term, rapid deployments, propose new AI-driven and supported methodologies, and offer scaled-up solutions to researchers, policy makers and communities. RAMONES will combine SoA equipment from various disciplines and advanced modelling in fine synergy, and design new and effective approaches for the marine environment to provide efficient response to natural and man-made hazards, shaping future policies for the global population.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/natural disaster
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence

Call for proposal

H2020-FETPROACT-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON
Address
6 Christou Lada Str
10561 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 076 375

Participants (7)

ASSOCIACAO DO INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 661 500
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049 001 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
EVOLOGICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 391 075
Address
Ackerstrasse 76
13355 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE
France
EU contribution
€ 125 000
Address
45, Rue D'ulm
75230 Paris Cedex 05
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 659 675
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PLOA TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANTS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 721 593,75
Address
Carrer Pic De Peguera 11 Parc Cientific I Tecnolgi Giroemprem A1-11
17003 Girona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 141 625
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE CLERMONT AUVERGNE
France
EU contribution
€ 149 250
Address
49 Boulevard Francois Mitterrand
63000 Clermont-ferrand
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments