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Commercial service platform for user-relevant coastal water monitoring services based on Earth observation

Commercial service platform for user-relevant coastal water monitoring services based on Earth observation

Objective

Coastal zones are very productive areas, offering many valuable habitats and ecosystems services and attracting human settlements and activities. The intensive concentration of population and excessive exploitation of natural resources puts high pressure on coastal ecosystems leading to biodiversity loss, habitat destruction, pollution as well as conflicts between potential uses and space competition. Several European directives aim at sustainable management of coastal waters, retaining or restoring a high ecological status and safeguarding ecosystem services. Increasing pressure and stricter regulations increase the need for efficient monitoring solutions. Where traditional in situ sampling is insufficient to characterise the highly dynamic coastal environments, Earth Observation (EO) provides a synoptic view and frequent coverage. With the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel satellites, operational water quality services become a business opportunity.
CoastObs will develop a service platform for coastal water monitoring with validated products derived from EO. In dialogue with users from various sectors, CoastObs will develop innovative EO-based products: monitoring of seagrass and macro-algae, phytoplankton size classes, primary production, and harmful algae as well as higher level products such as indicators and integration with predictive models. CoastObs will establish sustainable supply chains that can be directly integrated into the users’ systems. The CoastObs consortium has the knowledge and ambition to develop services that are commercially viable, grow in capacity and thus create new jobs. The business case is to define user groups with common requirements, so tailored products can be developed at highly reduced costs per user. Setup of efficient data structures (array database) for smart (re)processing of data is part of this ambition. The commitment of 13 users to CoastObs demonstrates the need for such user-friendly and affordable coastal water services
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Coordinator

WATER INSIGHT BV

Address

Marijkeweg 22
6709 Pg Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 413 765,63

Participants (7)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 338 452,50

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 287 823,75

UNIVERSITE DE NANTES

France

EU Contribution

€ 202 035

STICHTING HZ UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 168 475

UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 182 468,75

BIO-LITTORAL

France

EU Contribution

€ 201 862,50

GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 173 731,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 776348

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2017

  • End date

    31 October 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 306 911,25

  • EU contribution

    € 1 968 614,38

Coordinated by:

WATER INSIGHT BV

Netherlands