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Innovation Technologies and Applications for Coastal Archaeological sites

Objective

The ITACA (Innovation Technologies and Applications for Coastal Archaeological sites) project aims to prove a management system for underwater archaeological sites in coastal regions. The discovering and monitoring service uses innovative satellite remote sensing techniques combined with image processing algorithms. The project develops a set of applications integrated in a system that pursue the following objectives:

· Search and location of ancient ship wrecks;

· Monitoring of ship wrecks, ruins and historical artefacts that are now submerged.

· Integration of resulting search and monitoring data with onsite data into a management tool for underwater sites

· Demonstration of the system’s suitability for a service

High resolution synthetic aperture radar (TerraSAR-X, Cosmo-SkyMed) and multispectral satellite data (WorldView) will be combined to derive the relative bathymetry of the bottom of the sea up to the depth of 70 meters. The resulting data fusion will be processed using shape detection algorithms specific for archaeological items.

The availability of the above remote sensing data, combined with innovative processing techniques and optimized for archaeological site, enable the provision of a location and monitoring service for underwater archaeological sites in coastal zones.

The new algorithms, the physical modelling and the computational capabilities will be integrated into the Web-GIS, together with data recorded from surface (2D and 3D modelling) and from underwater surveys.. Additional specific archaeological layers will be included into the WebGIS to facilitate the object identification through shape detection techniques and mapping.

The system will be verified and validated through an extensive on-ground (sea) campaign carried out with both cutting edge technologies (side-scan sonar, multi beam echo sounder) and traditional means (submarine exploration with professional scuba divers).

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Coordinator

PLANETEK HELLAS ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EFTHYNIS YPIRESIES CHARTOGRAFISIS MESO DORYFOROU
Address
Leoforos Kifissias 44
15125 Maroussi
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 345 455,65
Administrative Contact
Stelios Bollanos (Mr)

Participants (11)

KELL SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 186 182
Address
Via Donat Cattin 83
52100 Arezzo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mauro Naldini (Mr)
NEXTANT APPLICATIONS & INNOVATIVE SOLUTION SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 183 758,75
Address
Via Andrea Noale 345A
00155 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Romani (Mr)
DHI GRAS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 191 308
Address
Agern Alle 5
2970 Horsholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lars Boye Hansen (Mr)
INSTITOYTO ENALION ARCHAIOLOGIKON EREYNON SOMATEO
Greece
EU contribution
€ 184 840
Address
Saripolou Odos 9
106 82 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christos S Agouridis (Mr)
INESC ID - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM LISBOA

Participation ended

Portugal
Address
Rua Alves Redol 9
1000 029 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ilda Ribeiro (Mrs)
ANESTI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 81 224,40
Address
First Avenue Robin Hood Airport
DN9 3GA Doncaster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eutimio Tiliacos (Mr)
Regione Sicilia
Italy
EU contribution
€ 102 945,90
Address
Piazza Indipendenza 21
90129 Palermo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pietro Selvaggio (Mr)
ALMA SISTEMI SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 117 357
Address
Via Dei Nasturzi 4
00012 Guidonia Montecelio Rm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessio Di Iorio (Dr)
CODEVINTEC ITALIANA COMPAGNIA PER LO SVILUPPO INDUSTRIALE E TECNICO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 77 870,50
Address
Via Labus 13
20146 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chiara Faccioli (Mrs)
SME4SPACE VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 90 175
Address
Technologielaan 9
3001 Heverlee
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rosario Pavone (Dr)
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 84 162
Address
Campo Grande, Edificio C7, 1 Piso
1749016 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lívia Moreira