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Integrated Weather, Sea Ice and OCean service system

Objective

The IWICOS project aims to increase the safety and cost-effectiveness of fisheries, sea transport and exploitation of marine resources in Northern European waters. The project will develop a marine information system, which will provide a single-entry access to meteorological, sea ice and oceanographic (met-ice-ocean) data and products. The system will be based on data provided by weather forecasting, ice and research centres.

Objectives:
The objective of IWICOS is to develop a prototype marine information system which will provide a single-entry access to meteorological, sea ice and oceanographic (met-ice-ocean) data and products.
The prototype will include an end user system which allows users to select, order and retrieve products offered by the consortium and to pay electronically. Innovative met-ice-ocean products will be developed which combine satellite, weather, ice and ocean data and are suitable for transmission via the Internet or other communication channels.

Work description:
The IWICOS prototype will be designed with specifications of functionalities based on requirements from users of met-ice-ocean data, including those working at sea. A set of meta-ice-ocean products, which are suitable for electronic transmission, will be developed and adapted to various regional requirements.
A PC based end user system will be built to retrieve and display met-ice-ocean products in a user-friendly way. The system will use Internet and other networks in combination with Inmarsat and cellular telephone, allowing IWICOS to function in coastal and sea areas.
A product retrieval and management system is to be developed and used by each service provider of the consortium to handle ordering and distribution of products to a number of users, including payment/invoicing.
Practical demonstrations of the IWICOS system will be performed for a limited number of end users at sea in the Baltic region, the Greenland/Iceland region and the Arctic. Finally, validation and market analysis for services based on the prototype will be performed.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR FJERNMAALING
Address
Thormoehlensgate 47
5006 Bergen
Norway

Participants (5)

VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS (VTT)
Finland
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
02044 Espoo
DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT
Denmark
Address
Lyngbyvej 100
2100 Copenhagen
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1, Bygning 101A
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
MERENTUTKIMUSLAITOS
Finland
Address
Lyypekinkuja 3
00931 Helsinki
VEDURSTOFA ISLANDS
Iceland
Address
Bustadavegur 9
150 Reykjavik