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Multi-purpose/Multi-sensor Extra Light Oceanography Apparatus

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 776825

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2017

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 694 844,75

  • EU contribution

    € 4 694 844,75

Coordinated by:

DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL

Spain

Objective

The MELOA project proposes to develop a low-cost, easy-to-handle, wave resilient, multi-purpose, multi-sensor, extra light surface drifter for use in all water environments, ranging from deep-sea to inland waters, including coastal areas, river plumes and surf zones. The device will be developed as an upgrade to the WAVY drifter conceived by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, which was used to measure the surface circulation forced by wave breaking, including detailed structure of rifts and the littoral drift current (Jorge da Silva et al, 2016).
The philosophy of the WAVY drifter will essentially be respected:
a small-size sphere with just enough room to accommodate power source, GPS-receiver, communications modules, antennae, sensors and data processor;
optimised buoyancy to prevent the drifter trajectory responding to the wind instead of the current, while providing just enough exposure of the antennae to ensure acquisition of the GPS signal at the required rate and reliable near real-time communications.
Given the low influence of wind upon the drifters’ displacements, MELOA will provide a cheap effective way to monitor surface currents and surface dynamic features anywhere in the World Ocean. Through equipping the drifters with thermistors at two different levels, the possibility is open for monitoring “near-skin temperature” and near-surface vertical temperature gradients, which will be invaluable for calibration/validation of satellite derived SST fields.
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Coordinator

DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL

Address

Ronda De Poniente, Edificio Fiteni Vi, 2, 2º 19
28760 Tres Cantos (Madrid)

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 294 855

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 421 750

INSTITUTO HIDROGRAFICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 487 000

SMARTBAY IRELAND

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 234 613,75

OCEANSCAN - MARINE SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 668 125

COLLECTE LOCALISATION SATELLITES

France

EU Contribution

€ 862 500

DEIMOS ENGENHARIA SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 240 625

INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 524 125

INSTITUTO DE SISTEMAS E ROBOTICA-ASSOCIACAO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 476 106

COMPOSITE SOLUTIONS LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 485 145

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 776825

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2017

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 694 844,75

  • EU contribution

    € 4 694 844,75

Coordinated by:

DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL

Spain