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

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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/applied mathematics/mathematical model

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

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

Participation ended

Portugal
Address
Rua Barata Salgueiro 37/4
1250042 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ramiro Gomes (Dr.)
MARINE INSTITUTE
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 245 514
Address
Rinville Oranmore
H91 R673 Galway
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Caroline Hepburn (Ms.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 248 273
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marie-Christine Maze (Ms.)
INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 392 012
Address
Corazon De Maria 8
28002 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cristina Hernández López (Ms.)
THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 299 648
Address
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA Dunbeg Oban
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elaine Walton (Mrs.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 232 250
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Malhoa (Ms.)
INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 142 565
Address
Rua C Ao Aeroporto
1749 077 Lisboa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ana Filipa Bernardo (Ms.)
HOCER SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 127 826
Address
Boulevard Einstein 23
44300 Nantes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roger Delmas (Dr.)
NOWCASTING INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 85 969
Address
Ballymaley Business Park
Clare Ennis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aisling Sheedy (Ms.)
STARLAB BARCELONA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 290 187
Address
Avenida Tibidabo 47 Bis
08035 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giulio Ruffini (Dr.)
Numerics Warehouse Ltd
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 117 000
Address
Tyrone
Kilcolgan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcel Cure (Dr.)