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Co-ReSyF Report Summary

Project ID: 687289
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.6.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Co-ReSyF (Coastal Waters Research Synergy Framework)

Reporting period: 2016-01-01 to 2016-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The coast is where land meets the sea or the ocean, and coastal waters form a natural boundary that is dynamic and changes due to various hydromorphological, climate- and weather-driven, and human-related processes. Depending on their location around the world, coastal waters can be affected and transformed by tides, waves, currents, storm surges, sediment transport and sea level rise, some of which can cause coastal flooding and erosion. Coastal defence engineering and shoreline management are often used to mediate these effects. The EU H2020 Coastal Waters Research Synergy Framework (Co-ReSyF) will deliver a platform to support and monitor economic and social coastal activities (e.g. fisheries, harbour operations, ship traffic monitoring, oil spill detection) in a changing world.
Until recently, scientists had to deal with the daunting task of mining large datasets for suitable data, and often downloading EO information from various different sources. In addition, as the datasets increased in volume, the processing has become slower and demanding of better computing facilities.The EU H2020 Coastal Waters Research Synergy Framework (Co-ReSyF) project aims to tackle these issues, by developing a platform for combined data access, processing, visualisation and output in one place. The platform is based on cloud computing to maximise processing effort and task orchestration. Co-ReSyF will address issues faced by inexperienced and new EO researchers, and also target EO experts and downstream users, with main focus on enabling EO data access and processing for coastal and marine applications. In a collaborative research environment, the Co-ReSyF platform will revolutionise accessibility to Big EO Data, and help create a new era of EO data processing and exploitation in the coastal and marine environment.

Co-ReSyF aims to facilitate access to Earth Observation (EO) data and various processing tools by the coastal and oceanic research community, towards the future provision of services based on EO data namely (but not restricted to) Coastal Water research. This will be achieved by:
-- Setting up a collaborative environment which facilitates the integration of EO data use into multi-disciplinary research activities, by guiding researchers towards easy to use and understand data analysis tools, designed to extract the information held within EO data.
-- Reaching a wide community of coastal and oceanic researchers who shall experience, test, and guide improvements to the framework, whilst using it to integrate EO data use into their research, and in particular data from the new Sentinel-series satellites.
-- Providing a powerful framework with scalable capabilities and integrated tools for dedicated EO data access, processing, and process automation.

Co-ReSyF will create a cloud platform, which simplifies integration of EO data use into multi-disciplinary research activities. This platform aims to be user friendly and accessible to inexperienced scientists as well as EO and coastal experts. A set of coastal Research Applications will be implemented within the Co-ReSyF platform during the setup of the platform. These core applications will use Co-ReSyF platform tools to incorporate advanced algorithms and methodologies to the system for open source use. The applications include the following:
-- Bathymetry Determination from SAR Images
-- Determination of bathymetry, benthic habitat classification and water quality from optical sensors
-- Vessel and oil spill detection
-- Time-series processing for hyper-temporal optical data analysis
-- Ocean Coastal Altimetry

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"Quarterly Report #1 - Jan, Feb, Mar 2016
The Consortium agreement has been agreed by all partners and the project management plan (D1.01) has been delivered to REA and distributed to all partners. Monthly coordination meetings between all partners have been setup, that occur at every first Thursday of the month via videoconferencing. The project logo has been voted and agreed upon and gathering of the first requirements from the developers of the applications for the coastal research has started. These first set of requirements shall form the baseline for the platform and will serve to generate the deliverables for SRR.

Quarterly Report #2 - Apr, May, Jun 2016
The project website and social media have been setup and are live. The SRR milestone and associated deliverables has been successfully held on the 4th of May in Lisbon.
Promotion of the project has been in place and material for promotional posters and brochures has been generated. The project has been promoted in two conferences, ESA Living Planet Symposium (LPS) 2016 ( and 4 Jornadas de Engenharia Hidrográfica (

Quarterly Report #3 - Jul, Aug, Sep 2016
During this quarter of the project the first Advisory Board Meeting and the first User Board Meeting have been held at Cork, Ireland during the month of July. Both meetings were very productive with very good feedback from the participants and important conclusions derived from them. The interest over the research focus of the Co-ReSyF platform has been confirmed by the community. Also during this quarter the Competitive Call for the Summer School was announced over all Co-ReSyF media. Along side with the Competitive Call a survey was made available on-line (see here ( to gather further feedback from the community.
The PDR was held on the 4th of August and the associated deliverables were reviewed. The algorithms for the research applications have been fully defined (and the needs for the respective data), and the platform development has started.
Promotion of the project for this quarter has been done at the 3rd Annual Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth and Seafest 2016 (, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) Annual Conference ( and SPIE Remote Sensing (

Quarterly Report #4 - Oct, Nov, Dec 2016
During this quarter the design for the platform and for the research applications has been consolidated between all partners of the consortium. The consolidation phase culminated in the CDR-1 meeting, held on the 24th of November, where the associated deliverables were reviewed. The validation strategy for the first version of the platform and the research applications has also been agreed and the associated deliverables finished.
This quarter has seen also the end of the period for the reception of the proposals for the Competitive Call for the Summer School. The Call has registered a total of 8 entries. In the following quarter, the received proposals, will be reviewed and the winners announced.
Promotion of the project for this quarter has been done at the 2nd International Marine Science Communication Conference ( ."

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The project has not yet had any impact, since the platform is not yet operational. However the meetings held with the research community (Advisory and User Board meetings) have raised interest from different institutions (on an international level) and give good prospects to the possible impact that the platform may have.

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