Forschungs- & Entwicklungsinformationsdienst der Gemeinschaft - CORDIS

System verification and validation

The validation phase of the project had the following purposes:

- Present a high level description and evaluate the activities performed during the project
- Assess the results generated by the project in terms of research and system development results
- Assess the contribution of the project to the scientific and technical state of the art in pollution monitoring
- Assess End Users perception of the project results in terms of capability to meet the user requirements
- Provide a complete view of the project capability to meet its objectives
- Provide constant monitoring to better manage project alignment with its strategic objectives
- Provide a bridge between the Research activities and results and the system development activities

R&D evaluation focused on assessing the results of each "line of research" in terms of completeness of the research, results obtained follow-on opportunities for promising areas and results directly exploited in the integrated system:
1) the project confirmed the suitability of radar imagery to detect oil slick evidences over the sea surface, in particular the usage of envisat wideswath products proved to be suitable also for large areas monitoring, the project proved that is useful to use alternate polarization products as well in some meteo-oceanic conditions
2) the project focused on studying new meteo-oceanic models and new model coupling techniques bringing a strong improvement both in meteoceanic forecast reliability and resolution
3) the project deeply studied the possibility to use radar or multispectral imagery in order to detect pollutants of different nature (i.e. heavy metals, ecc.), it proved to be difficult to detect those classes of pollutants only by using EO imagery. It demonstrated how it is possible to monitor side effects of sea pollution like clorophil levels
4) the usage of optical and multispectral imagery proved to be possible for oil damage mapping and evaluation at shore; port and vessel activities monitoring.

Tools & Integrated system validation focused on assessing all the new applications and functionalities (PSM, QPJ, MPV and OSIS), their integration in the system and all the new ingested image data, the degree of integration of the system has been assessed along the entire detection/forecasting product life cycle taking into account the efficiency and effectiveness requirements expressed by the users:

- the system proved to be capable to operate in a fully integrated manner along the product generation chain from image ingestion to drift analysis
- the introduction of the new neural network algorithm capable of assessing the detection reliability proved to be a distinctive factor with respect to users requirements
- end user evaluation confirmed the strong functional capabilities (especially for PSM) and usability of the tools
- OS diction training proved to be a critical factor to allow an effective usage of the tools and the reliability of the detection.

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