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EMSODEV Report Summary

Project ID: 676555
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EMSODEV (EMSO implementation and operation: DEVelopment of instrument module)

Reporting period: 2015-09-01 to 2017-02-28

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EMSO ERIC, provides power, communications, sensors, and data infrastructure for continuous, high-resolution, (near-)real-time, interactive ocean observations across a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary range of research areas including biology, geology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and computer science, from polar to subtropical environments, through the water column down to the abyss. Eleven deep-sea and four shallow nodes span from the Arctic through the Atlantic and Mediterranean, to the Black Sea. Coordination among the EMSO nodes is being strengthened through the EMSODEV project, which will realize and test in open ocean conditions three EMSO Generic Instrument Modules (EGIMs) to enhance interoperability and standardization among the nodes.

The EMSODEV general objective is to catalyse the full implementation and operation of EMSO ERIC distributed Research Infrastructure (RI), through the development, testing and deployment in open ocean conditions of three EGIMs. These modules provide accurate, consistent, comparable, long-term measurements of ocean parameters, which are key to addressing urgent societal and scientific challenges, such as climate change, ocean ecosystem disturbance, and marine hazards. This results in the increased interoperability of EMSO ERIC nodes thanks to the harmonized time series collection of ocean essential variables. In addition, EGIM also greatly helps to optimize the investments and operational efficiency of the EMSO RI thus improving its effectiveness and attractiveness for Member States and a wide range of users, including industry. Coordination among the consortium nodes through this project produces standardized observations of temperature, pressure, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, , currents, passive acoustics, and chlorophyll fluorescence pH, pCO2, and nutrients as additional parameters.

The specific objectives of EMSODEV are:
(1) to design and implement a state-of-the-art, standardized multidisciplinary EGIM, designed according to a set of common, predefined user requirements targeting key-ocean parameters; the result is a common, harmonized, observation system, which strengthens the effectiveness of the EMSO ERIC.
(2) to fully test, calibrate, validate and assess the effectiveness of this innovative module in the laboratory, in shallow water and in the open ocean in order to ensure the maximum quality, long-term durability, and reliability of this innovative infrastructure component.
(3) to use the Big Ocean Data produced by the EGIMs as well as by the previous established infrastructures at the nodes, as a catalyst to strengthen the data management and delivery backbone of the EMSO RI; this will require a coordinated approach to data capture, archiving, management, and delivery, in turn spurring the development of a wide range of data products and services benefitting a broad and diverse user community. A Data Management Platform (DMP), compliant with other EU initiatives (e.g., EMODNET) has been realized and under testing.
(4) to promote the uptake of the project results and public-private partnerships establishing links with industry and SMEs for technology transfer and future joint RDI activities, and communicating and disseminating the results to targeted audience.

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

At the beginning of the project the EGIM technical specifications were defined, covering all the possible aspects from sensors to data, power, communications, frame, and shipment. The EGIM was designed on the basis of these specifications and a prototype was built, tested and delivered to the shallow-water test at OBSEA for long-term in situ tests. Then a tender was issued and assigned to a vendor for the replication of other two EGIMs
In parallel, three nodes were selected to host one of the three EGIMs for testingin actual open ocean conditions and in different configurations (moored, seafloor stand-alone, seafloor cabled): PLOCAN, Azores and Western Ionian Sea.
The Data Management Plan was drafted at the beginning of the project and the DMP was designed and set up. The DMP will ingest, consolidate, process and archive data coming from the EGIMs, integrate the data management architectures of regional EMSO ERIC nodes and will make data available to the EMSO ERIC portal and to other international initiatives, as well.
The communication, dissemination and exploitation activities focused on the production of project promotional material, on the dissemination of the project and its results to the general public, to the scientific community, stake-holders and industry. A detailed business case study report was compiled, assessing market applications and commercialization opportunities for the EGIM and the associated software package in areas like ocean energy, seabed mining and marine monitoring for protection and study. Face-to-face-meetings with SME‘S who have developed innovative technologies that could be deployed on EGIM were also organized.

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)

EMSODEV is a fundamental contribution to advance and complete the construction of the EMSO ERIC through the development and integration of new monitoring systems (EGIMs), and a unified DMP. The results achieved are the basis for the development of the services offered by EMSO ERIC - i.e. data management and products, standardization, training, technology transfer and innovation testing/consulting. Moreover the procurement and tendering processes carried out in the project were a first test to improve the coordination and cost-effectiveness by benchmarking with international best practices. EMSODEV activities are implemented in collaboration with SMEs, and one of them will carry out the replication of other two EGIMs. This can set the conditions for future joint R&D initiatives and activities.
EMSODEV, through the EGIM, is going to produce high-quality, standardized and fully traceable measurements and easy-accessible calibrated data and reliable data products for modeling. This will allow EMSO ERIC to gain attractiveness to the global science community and in general to a large stake-holder community. The DMP facilitates the obtainment of time-series data streams and provides user-oriented tools to speed-up the data release and their scientific reliability to the scientists for further processing and use.
EMSODEV provided also training opportunities for young engineers and scientists, empowering the EMSO ERIC vocation to the pro-active mobility of researchers/technologists for the ultimate goal of spreading of excellence and underpinning capacity building.

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