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Ferrybox - from on-line oceanographic measurements to environmental information

Ferrybox - from on-line oceanographic measurements to environmental information

Objective

European (Mediterranean to Baltic) environmental variability of key eco-system parameters will be more closely monitored than previously possible using instruments on ferryboats (Ferry-Boxes). 11 partners will work on 8 routes. SMEs, scientific, operational and policy-oriented institutions are involved. Uniform quality controls and assembly of data and meta-data will be developed. Scientific analysis will concentrate on water quality - eutrophication, transport of sediment and contaminants. European wide assessment of variability will set a baseline for judging future and past ecosystem changes. Improvement of operational models by assimilation of high-resolution temporal and spatial data is a major goal. It will be a substantial cost-effective contribution to EuroGOOSaims. It will deliver recommendations for future operational monitoring and modelling. Developed hard and software will marketable by the European industry.

Coordinator

GKSS - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEESTHACHT GMBH

Address

Max-Planck-Strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht

Germany

Administrative Contact

Guenter VON SENGBUSCH (Dr)

Participants (10)

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CHELSEA INSTRUMENTS LTD

United Kingdom

ESTONIAN MARINE INSTITUTE

Estonia

FINNISH INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH

Finland

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

HYDROMOD SCIENTIFIC CONSULTING GBR

Germany

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA

Spain

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR SEA RESEARCH

Netherlands

NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR WATER RESEARCH

Norway

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2002-00144

  • Start date

    1 November 2002

  • End date

    31 October 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 092 545

  • EU contribution

    € 1 547 882

Coordinated by:

GKSS - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEESTHACHT GMBH

Germany