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Multiscale Observation Networks for Optical monitoring of Coastal waters, Lakes and Estuaries

Multiscale Observation Networks for Optical monitoring of Coastal waters, Lakes and Estuaries

Objective

MONOCLE innovates and develops sensor, platform, and data handling technologies to increase coverage and lower the cost of in situ sensors in inland and coastal water bodies. These ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to direct anthropogenic impacts but of high economic importance and crucial to sustainable food, energy, and clean water supply. At the same time, these water bodies represent areas of the weakest performance in present EO capability to date.

The MONOCLE system will reduce uncertainties in Earth Observation (EO) by characterising atmospheric and water optical properties. MONOCLE will deploy new and improved sensors on autonomous platforms (buoys, ships, drones), and further fill information gaps by developing low-cost complementary solutions for citizen scientists. This will provide essential reference observations needed to further improve and grow EO-based water quality services.

MONOCLE will be requirement-driven and implemented by sensor and platform developers, sensor-data infrastructure experts, and EO scientists. A service-oriented data storage, processing, and visualisation infrastructure based on open data standards will integrate MONOCLE seamlessly with existing platforms. This also allows MONOCLE to build sensor performance traceability into its core to support synergistic sensor use and data inspection to identify sensor drift and episodic events.

MONOCLE will demonstrate the added value of EO and water quality oriented sensor network to Copernicus EO services, GEOSS data brokering and GEO capacity building initiatives through a number of validation campaigns and use cases, including data-poor regions where no similar infrastructure yet exists. It is expected that the evolution of system standards, new sensors and innovative use of observation platforms of MONOCLE will foster innovation and commercial opportunities for the EO commercial sector and its downstream users in domains ranging from public health to energy and food security.
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Coordinator

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY

Address

Prospect Place, The Hoe
Pl1 3dh Plymouth

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 145 736,25

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UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 498 243,75

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 639 197,50

THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 498 007,50

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 472 710

CONSERVATION EDUCATION AND RESEARCH TRUST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 339 221,25

TANZANIA FISHERIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Tanzania

EU Contribution

€ 119 125

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU GEOLOGIE SI GEOECOLOGIE MARINA-GEOECOMAR

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 186 918,75

WATER INSIGHT BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 482 937,50

DRONEGRID

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 263 475

SCHMIDT NORBERT CARL

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 213 040

PEAK DESIGN LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 141 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 776480

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 February 2018

  • End date

    31 January 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 999 862,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 999 862,50

Coordinated by:

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY

United Kingdom