ENVISYS' primary objective is to create a complete system for the early detection of oil-spills, the monitoring of sea pollution due to oil spills, and the provision of support to the responsible public authorities during clean-up operations. Other objectives include investigating the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of applying the ENVISYS system in the detection of other emergencies (e.g. forest fires and floods), and an overall evaluation of the proposed techniques. A demonstrator will be built integrating and developing existing remote sensing techniques, communication tools, GIS, databases and multimedia tools; its applicability will be tested and verified.
The main results of the project include demonstrations of the system at three different sites and an overall evaluation and assessment in the user-oriented context. This will be followed by dissemination of related information, in the first instance to the Envisys User Reference Group, and more widely to an international community directly or indirectly associated with this type of work.
ENVISYS will provide a management, monitoring and control system for various Public Authorities in Europe concerned with identification and alerts on oil spills. It will indicate the applicability of such a system to a harmonised emergency system for other natural disasters such as forest fires and floods.
Major Validation Sites
Cyclades Regional Development Company, Notio Aigaio, GR
Sistemas de Seguimento Informatico S.L., Valencia, ES
Sociedad Estatal de Sasemar Salvamento y Seguridad Maritimo, Galicia-Andalucia, ES
Norsk Regnensentralen, NO
The users involved are, AN.ET.KY - Affiliate of the Prefecture of Cyclades in Greece, INDI - marine environment information provider in Spain, and SASEMAR, the Spanish Maritime Salvage and Safety Company.
The technologies to be applied are primarily remote sensing based on synthetic-aperture radar imagery, integration of data, Geographical Information Systems, telecommunications, databases, and multimedia HMI presentation.
- protection of the marine environment
- improvement of the quality of life
- increase in awareness of protection of the marine environment
- aids in the management, monitoring and control of oil spills
- automatic detection of spills and automatic warning systems
- support for clean-up actions in the case of an incident or accident
- indirect benefits from these technologies for tourism, fishing and transport
- particular benefit for expanding telecommunications and electronic sectors.
Contribution to EU Policies
The project supports EU measures on emergency management of human inflicted or natural disasters, and overall policies on the environment and the quality of life.