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Multi-purpose/Multi-sensor Extra Light Oceanography Apparatus

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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/oceanography
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/philosophy

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2017-OneStageB
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

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
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO HIDROGRAFICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 487 000
Address
R. Das Trinas 49
1249-093 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
SMARTBAY IRELAND
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 234 613,75
Address
Dublin Road
H91DCH9 Galway
Activity type
Other
OCEANSCAN - MARINE SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 668 125
Address
Avenida Da Liberdade Polo Do Mar Do Uptec
4450 718 Matosinhos Porto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COLLECTE LOCALISATION SATELLITES
France
EU contribution
€ 862 500
Address
11 Rue Hermes
31520 Ramonville St Agne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEIMOS ENGENHARIA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 240 625
Address
Avenida D Joao Ii Lote 1 17 01-8 B Edificio Torre Zen
1998023 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 524 125
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias Campus Da Feup
4200 465 Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO DE SISTEMAS E ROBOTICA-ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 476 106
Address
Polo Ii Vila Franca
3030 290 Coimbra
Activity type
Research Organisations
COMPOSITE SOLUTIONS LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 485 145
Address
Estrada Municipal 592 50
3830-433 Costa Nova Do Prado
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)