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PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS: Automated Tools to Measure Primary Productivity in European Seas. A New Autonomous Monitoring Tool to Measure the Primary Production of Major European Seas

Objective

PROTOOL stands for PROductivity TOOLs: Automated Tools to Measure Primary Productivity in European Seas. The project will develop and adapt sensor technologies to measure primary production of phytoplankton with automated optical techniques, so that they can be placed on ships of opportunity (SOOP, ferries, container ships). The complete PROTOOL Measuring Device will consist of (1) a fluorometer measuring the rate of photosynthesis (using the variable fluorescence approach), (2) an algal absorption meter and (3) a hyperspectral reflectance unit. It will measure key water quality parameters like chlorophyll a, suspended matter concentrations and the light attenuation coefficient. The design will be modular so that each unit can also be used separately. The different versions of the sensors and protocol modules will be tested in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the English-Channel and the Gulf of Biscay, as well as in a number of Dutch estuaries. In the first 3 cases, the PROTOOL equipments will be placed next to a ferrybox on ships of opportunity. These field tests will provide the conversion factors required to calibrate the PROTOOL fluorometer. These campaigns will also produce maps of primary production with high temporal and spatial resolutions. The PROTOOL Measuring Device is unique because it is the first sensor technology that can measure autonomously biological process RATES and not only biological quantities (like chlorophyll concentration). It will provide detailed information on primary productivity which is a fundamental parameter in the carrying capacity of any ecosystem. With its technological development, PROTOOL will contribute to a much better assessment of changing marine ecosystems. PROTOOL partners will further promote the inclusion of primary production within the list of important biological properties to be considered for ecological status assessment in the future in the context of the Water Framework (WFD) and the Marine Strategy Framework Directives.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE
Address
Landsdiep 4
1797 SZ Den Hoorn Texel
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 218 247,34
Administrative Contact
Theo Davidse (Mr.)

Participants (9)

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 261 892,66
Address
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Aila Riihentaus (Ms.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNGGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 386 250
Address
Max Planck Strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sabine Roeskam (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 238 864
Address
Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Suggett (Dr.)
MIKROBIOLOGICKY USTAV AV CR V.V.I
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 167 504
Address
Videnska 1083
142 00 Praha 4
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ondrej Schröffel (Mr.)
Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 323 369
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Susan Bramford (Ms.)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 523 000
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Denise Martin (Ms.)
PSI (PHOTON SYSTEMS INSTRUMENTS), SPOL. SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 252 402
Address
Drasov 470
664 24 Drasov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Trtilek (Mr.)
TRIOS MESS- UND DATENTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 176 000
Address
Buergermeister Broetje Strasse 25
26180 Rastede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rüdiger Heuermann (Mr.)
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 437 814
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Theo Davidse (Mr.)