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Applied simulations and Integrated modeling for the understanding of toxic and harmful algal blooms

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 261860

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2010

  • End date

    30 November 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 237 137,70

  • EU contribution

    € 2 485 244

Coordinated by:

BANTRY MARINE RESEARCH STATION LIMITED

Ireland

Objective

Harmful algal blooms are known to periodically produce toxicity in shellfish and to kill farmed fish throughout Europe. The Atlantic coast of Europe is often affected by such blooms causing devastation to aquaculture industries due to closures of farms and large scale fish kills. The management of shellfish toxicity is well developed along the Atlantic margin in response to EU Directives, and the caged fish culture has also developed protocols to react to harmful blooms. Identification of the origins of HAB events are essential to policy makers and industry since the only mitigation action possible lies in their prediction as these are naturally occurring. Having the ability to forecast when such events might occur to give advanced warning of the impending problem to the aquaculture industry could be a very valuable tool. Many studies have elucidated the ocean circulation patterns along Europe’s Atlantic coast and today, mathematical models produce acceptable hindcasts of previously observed circulation patterns and short term prognostic forecasts. Satellite remotely sensed images of chlorophyll and temperature are also extremely valuable in detecting high biomass surface blooms of plankton and the oceanic features that often delimit their extent. Using a combination of both modeling and satellite image analysis the ASIMUTH project will produce short-term forecasts of harmful algal events along the European Atlantic coasts and deliver these data using mobile phone and internet technology. Aquaculturalists will be able to use these forecasts to plan harvesting operations or to alter husbandry practices at finfish sites temporarily while a harmful algal bloom passes through a particular area.
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Coordinator

BANTRY MARINE RESEARCH STATION LIMITED

Address

Gearhies
P75 Ax07 Bantry

Ireland

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 304 000

Administrative Contact

Julie Maguire (Dr.)

Participants (11)

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS I.P. INRB

Portugal

MARINE INSTITUTE

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 245 514

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 248 273

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 392 012

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 299 648

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 232 250

INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 142 565

HOCER SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 127 826

NOWCASTING INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 85 969

STARLAB BARCELONA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 290 187

Numerics Warehouse Ltd

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 117 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 261860

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2010

  • End date

    30 November 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 237 137,70

  • EU contribution

    € 2 485 244

Coordinated by:

BANTRY MARINE RESEARCH STATION LIMITED

Ireland