Periodic Reporting for period 1 - HiSea (High Resolution Copernicus-Based Information Services at Sea for Ports and Aquaculture)
Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31
The HiSea project aims to offer a service co-designed with users that provides high resolution data of water quality at sea that is used to give focused answers to specific questions from the targeted port and the aquaculture sectors. HiSea is developing, testing and demonstrating, in operational mode, novel Copernicus-based downstream information services that will incorporate Copernicus Marine, Land and Climate Services Products, local monitoring data and advanced modelling in the service. This allows improving operation, planning and management of different marine activities in ports and aquaculture sectors. Such information services include among others:
• Early warning service regarding the identification of situations that may have potential risk for the daily activities (storm alerts, [harmful] algal blooms’ alerts, faecal contamination alerts, etc.);
• Real time crisis management regarding pollution accidents in order to identify the appropriate responses; harmful algal blooms to identify the timing and magnitude of threats on the activities; simulation of alternative actions to mitigate the adverse effects, among others;
• Key performance indicators regarding the fish growing rates, environmental conditions, or the level of vulnerability to storms for vessels;
• Information for planning operations including accurate and reliable meteorological, hydrodynamic and water quality forecasts;
• Knowledge data base built on cause-effect relations that may help to better understand and manage the operations in the future.
The main goal of the HiSea services is to deliver accurate and reliable information, readily available, easily understandable and with high resolution to fit seamlessly users’ operation, planning and management requirements. Despite all the complexity required to get data from different providers or produce daily forecasts, HiSea conveys derived relevant information in a simple and effective way, fulfilling daily basic needs for a wide spectrum of users.
In order for the platform to be able to properly “communicate” with these different data sources, specific plugins for each data source are being setting up. New models and refining of existing models have been set up for the use cases according to user needs. Improved modelling for water quality parameters was achieved by calibrating models with existing data for the selected use cases. Several platform components, encapsulated in dockers, have been developed to deal with the external data importing process and a first test of the platform into DIAS facilities has been carried out.
A first demo of the platform has been shown during the first interim review meeting. Service mock-ups and trials (e.g. web and mobile clients) have been developed to collect feedback and ideas with different potential users. At the current status, the dashboard displays different warning alerts in cases specified thresholds are exceeded, charts and maps. Toward the goal of meeting user requirements, it was decided to implement a frontend based on self-customizable dashboards which would provide maximum flexibility. The result of the HiSea frontend drafting, at this stage, was summarized in Deliverable 4.2.
To ensure information about the project’s objectives, approaches and results are effectively disseminated to opinion leaders/regulators, port operators, aquaculture companies (including SMEs), the media, the scientific community and the general public several activities has been performed. An attractive, user-friendly project website has been developed and a project blog was set up https://hiseaproject.com/blog/ in which the project shares news about its progress. Moreover, the project is very active on social media and has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. In addition, two graphic posters have been prepared and presented at relevant events. The HiSea has been presented during the Malta winter school, EGU General Assembly, Aquaculture Europe19 conference, Copernicus Marine Service workshop and to several other events.