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OPERATING A NETWORK OF INTEGRATED OBSERVATORY SYSTEMS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Project description

Unlocking the Mediterranean’s data potential

The Mediterranean is a unique and fragile ecosystem. It faces pressing challenges that demand urgent attention. However, the scarcity and fragmentation of marine data are major hurdles hindering effective decision-making and collaborative efforts. Traditional data collection methods struggle to provide comprehensive insights into this region. The EU-funded ODYSSEA project has developed a platform that seamlessly integrates observing and forecasting systems, bridging the gap between diverse databases and stakeholders. By integrating networks of observing and forecasting systems across the region, ODYSSEA’s platform ensures that data are discoverable, accessible, digestible and interoperable, aiding users operating in both the open sea and the coastal zone. Drawing from multiple databases maintained by Mediterranean countries, ODYSSEA will leverage from Earth Observation facilities and networks.

Objective

ODYSSEA will develop, operate and demonstrate an interoperable and cost-effective platform that fully integrates networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin, addressing both the open sea and the coastal zone. The platform will collect its data from the many databases maintained by agencies, public authorities, and institutions of Mediterranean EU and non-EU countries, integrating existing earth observation facilities and networks in the Mediterranean Sea building on key initiatives such as Copernicus, GEOSS, GOOS, EMODNet, ESFRI, Lifewatch, Med-OBIS, GBIF, AquaMaps, Marine IBA e-atlas, MAPAMED and others with marine and maritime links. Through ODYSSEA’s end-user centred approach, in which the various groups of end-users and stakeholders, within and external to the Consortium, will be involved from Day 1 of the project in the design, development and operation of the platform, including identification of gaps in data collection and accessibility. High priority gaps will be filled through multiple approaches that include developing a network of coastal observatories, deploying novel in-situ sensors at sea (a.o. microplastic sensors), oceanographic modelling and integrating existing mobile apps for citizen scientist networks. Applying advanced algorithms to organise, homogenise and fuse the large quantities of data in common standard type and format as well as other types of formats, the ODYSSEA platform will provide both primary data and on-demand derived data services, including forecasts, from ALL Mediterranean countries through a SINGLE PUBLIC PORTAL to various end-user groups and stakeholders. End-user requirements will drive the creation of secondary data sets which the platform will provide as new and packaged services matching the specialised information needs of users. ODYSSEA will improve accessibility to existing data as well as increase the temporal and geographic coverage of observational data in the Mediterranean.

Call for proposal

H2020-BG-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-BG-2016-2

Coordinator

DIMOKRITIO PANEPISTIMIO THRAKIS
Net EU contribution
€ 407 500,00
Address
PANEPISTIMIOUPOLI RECTORATE BUILDING
691 00 KOMOTINI
Greece

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Region
Βόρεια Ελλάδα Aνατολική Μακεδονία Ροδόπη
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 407 500,00

Participants (28)