The full Mediterranean 'data' package

An EU-backed research team is developing a new interoperable and cost-effective platform to integrate and package marine and coastal data from sensors, together with oceanographic models and mobile applications for improved observation and forecasting across the Mediterranean Basin.

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Countries
Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czech Republic
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


 

Published: 17 July 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
EnvironmentClimate & global change  |  Earth Observation  |  Ecosystems, incl. land, inland waters, marine
Information societyInformation technology
International cooperation
Research policyHorizon 2020
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Algeria  |  Egypt  |  France  |  Germany  |  Greece  |  Israel  |  Italy  |  Morocco  |  Netherlands  |  Portugal  |  Spain  |  Tunisia  |  Turkey  |  United Kingdom
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The full Mediterranean 'data' package

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With so many different sources of and uses for information about Mediterranean coastal and marine conditions, a new one-stop-shop solution is needed to improve decision-making and develop new maritime services to benefit the entire region.

The EU-funded ODYSSEA project aims to boost accessibility to existing data while increasing the “temporal and geographic coverage of observational data” throughout the entire Mediterranean. It will extract and merge data from external databases maintained by agencies, public authorities, research institutions and universities and tailor those data into information services to respond to the needs of multiple maritime-sector end-users.

With participants from most Mediterranean countries (Member and non-Member States), the project aims to set up and maintain a network of nine local/regional model observatories in the Basin. Beneficiaries include energy, oil and gas providers, aquaculture businesses, port authorities, civil protection services, undersea cable operators, ports and shipping authorities, weather forecasters, policymakers and institutions.

Interoperable services

According to Georgios Sylaios of Democritus University of Thrace, ODYSSEA’s lead partner, “We have identified a real need to harmonise existing Earth-observing systems operating around the Mediterranean and upgrade their operational oceanographic capacities to provide for the specialised information needs of a wide variety of end-users.”

Mussel producers could tap into the project’s marine and weather data for early warnings on approaching toxic algal blooms. Port authorities could take salinity and water-density readings to calculate buoyancy and optimise shipping movements in shallow harbours. Wind or wave farms could use the data to plan for energy peaks and lows, and many more applications are envisaged when the data are fully integrated into a single platform.

Using social networking tools (ODYSSEA Platform-Greece and similar pages for Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and more), the project will develop a community of Mediterranean data users and provide them with on-demand services via a single public portal. It will also train and educate end-users, scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs on using marine data and demonstrate the new technologies (i.e. sensors, models, systems, apps) it develops. Capacity building will be important to fully exploit the integrated data to create business and research opportunities across the Mediterranean Basin.

More interoperable data and monitoring services means enhanced knowledge for protecting people and the environment, and greater opportunities for ‘Blue Growth’ and job creation in the region.

Project details

  • Project acronym: ODYSSEA
  • Participants: Greece (Coordinator), Israel, Spain, Italy, UK, Tunisia, Netherlands, France, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Portugal, Germany
  • Project N°: 727277
  • Total costs: € 8 398 716
  • EU contribution: € 8 398 716
  • Duration: June 2017 to November 2021

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