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Information system for Marine Aquatic Resource Quality

Objective

i-MARQ will deliver real-time information on coastal water quality into a variety of end-user markets, via a dynamic GIS-based system. The project will develop and validate advanced data fusion, modelling and management algorithms to generate high-quality data content. The system will support decision-making by various end-user groups including:
Citizens concerned about environmental quality in recreational waters;
Local authorities seeking a quality tourism cachet and wishing to avoid hazard to public health;
Companies seeking to validate environmental performance and avoid liabilities from pollution incidents.

Objectives:
The goal of the project is to develop and validate a prototype GIS-based system which can deliver information on environmental quality of coastal waters. Market analysis has identified a significant demand for such information by a variety of users. To achieve this, the project will:
First, develop data processing technologies able to generate information from heterogeneous data sources and dynamic models, according to defined user requirements;
Second, integrate the above within a real-time GIS under a scaleable data management framework;
Third, validate and evaluate the above with selected users and with reference to a dedicated horizontal user group.

Work description:
The project will be carried out in 10 main workpackages (WPs), of which:
WP1 will be dedicated to the management;
WP2 will develop a users' specification and establish evaluation benchmarks. This will enable;
WP3 to define the i-MARQ architecture and establish a technical specification for the system modules;
WP4, WP5 & WP6 will then develop the innovative technological modules which can generate the information content. Specifically, WP4 will define the data management protocols to permit data assimilation and characterisation; WP5 will develop data fusion algorithms, which can combine intermittent spatially rich image data with sparse ground-based data, and link with simulation algorithms. WP6 will configure imaging codes to generate grid data from satellite and video data sets;
WP7 will set up the above on a central i-MARQ server, and configure a commercial GIS suite to present water quality parameters with relevant user functionality, supporting access via web/wap browsers, intranet or messaging via email or GSM/UMTS;
WP8 will perform system test and launch a prototype system to pilot the technology, perform validation and identify opportunities for refinement;
WP9 will evaluate user responses to the pilot system against user-defined benchmarks;
Finally WP10 will disseminate results and progress to a wide range of potential beneficiaries, and develop an exploitation plan. In addition, WP2 and WP9 will work with a horizontal user group (HA1) comprising a wide range of users from: public authorities concerned about tourism promotion; companies seeking regulatory compliance and avoidance of incident liabilities; and public interest groups.

Milestones:
During 36 months the project will deliver:
1)Key technologies for creating high quality information content for the i-MARQ GIS;
2) An operational pilot i-MARQsystem delivering real-time geographic information in selected regions;
3)Validation of performance and evaluation report, leading to a robust commercialisation plan.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Polaris House - North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon
United Kingdom

Participants (11)

ABP MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
150 Holborn
EC1N 2LR London
BMT MARINE INFORMATION SYSTEMS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Orlando House, Walgrave Road 1
TW11 8LZ Teddington
CENTRO DI TELERILEVAMENTO MEDITERRANEO - S.C.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via G. Giusti 2
90144 Palermo
GKSS - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEESTHACHT GMBH
Germany
Address
Max-planck-strasse
21502 Geesthacht
HOCHSCHULE FUER TECHNIK UND WIRTSCHAFT DES SAARLANDES
Germany
Address
Goebenstrasse 40
66117 Saarbruecken
INSTITUT OCEANOGRAPHIQUE PAUL RICARD
France
Address
Ile Des Embiez
83140 Six-fours-les-plages
L'ALLIANCE DES INTERETS MARITIMES REGIONAUX EN EUROPE
Belgium
Address
Avenue Michel Ange 68
1040 Brussel
MAIRIE D'ANTIBES
France
Address
Hotel De Ville - Cours Massena
06606 Antibes
MARINETECH SOUTH LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Southampton Oceanography Centre, Empress Dock
SO14 3ZH Southampton
TELESPAZIO S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Tiburtina 965
00156 Roma
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton