Strategies for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries (Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement 633 680)
DiscardLess will help provide the knowledge, tools and technologies as well as the involvement of the stakeholders to achieve the gradual elimination of discarding. These will be integrated into Discard Mitigation Strategies (DMS) proposing cost-effective solutions at all stages of the seafood supply chain. The first focus is on preventing the unwanted catches from ever being caught. This will promote changes in gear using existing and innovative selectivity technology, and changes in fishing tactics based on fishers’ and scientists’ knowledge.
The second focus is on making best use of the unavoidable unwanted catch. Technical and marketing innovations will be detailed from the deck, through the supply chain to the final market, including monitoring, traceability and valorization components.
DISCARDLess is coordinated by:
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU-Aqua)
Section for Ecosystem-based Marine Management
Scientific Coordinator: Professor Clara Ulrich
Telephone: + 45 2115 7486 / + 45 3588 3300
DiscardLess is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (2014-2020) Call number H2020-SFS-2014-2 Topic SFS-09-2014 under Grant Agreement No 633 680.
DEVOTES is an international research project funded by the European Commission, within the Environment (including climate change) Theme of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union.
The overall goal of DEVOTES is to test indicators proposed by the EC and to develop new ones for the assessment at the species, habitat and ecosystem levels, which will lead to a classification status of marine waters. A cost-effective (i.e. by defining monitoring and assessment strategies) implementation of the indicators will be integrated into a unified assessment of the biodiversity.
The outcomes of DEVOTES will contribute to filling knowledge gaps and existing needs in the assessment of the environmental status, within the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, in an harmonized way across the Mediterranean, Baltic, North Seas and the Atlantic Ocean.
PROJECT ACRONYM: DEVOTES
FULL PROJECT TITLE: DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status.
GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER: 308392
FP7 THEME: Environment (Including Climate Change)
INSTRUMENT: Collaborative project
TOTAL BUDGET: € 12,050,970.10
EC CONTRIBUTION: € 8,997,984.62
DURATION: 1st November 2012 to 31st October 2016
NUMBER OF PROJECT PARTNERS: 23
"Blue-Action: Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate" contributes to the implementation of the Trans-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and to the EU's Blue Growth Agenda and its long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Our project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme and specifically by the Blue-Growth BG-10-2016 call "Impact of Arctic changes on the weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere". Read more about the the project details.
Research associated with the study of Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (MCEs), which are found in tropical and subtropical regions at depths ranging from almost 100 feet (30 meters) to over 490 feet (150 meters) below the ocean’s surface. The dominant communities providing structural habitat in the mesophotic zone are corals, sponges, and algae.
This community regroups the scientific publications and open-source material that were created within the framework of the European FP7 project ASSISIbf Animal and robot Societies Self-organise and Integrate by Social Interaction (bees and fish)
This collection contains the contributions presented at the conference ECC 2014: 5th Early Career Scientists Conference for Marine and Climate Research: Natural and Social Aspects of the Earth System in September 2014 in Bremen.
The ocean is the defining feature of our planet. Ocean Literacy means understanding the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. There are 7 principles of Ocean Literacy — ideas scientists and educators agree everyone should understand about the ocean.
The collection aims to centralize publications and supporting documents that can facilitate:
appreciation for Ocean Literacy;
collaboration across the Atlantic;
consolidation of services that can be provided to research proposal in terms of Knowledge Exchange and societal engagement;
appreciation of Ocean Literacy's potential to address EU political objectives on Societal Challenges, Citizen Science, and Science-Society dialogue.
SponGES (www.deepseasponges.org) is a research and innovation project funded under the H2020 Blue Growth BG1 call aimed at “Improving the preservation and sustainable exploitation of Atlantic marine ecosystems”. Its overarching goal is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach to preserve and sustainably use deep-sea sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic. Its consortium, an international and interdisciplinary collaboration of research institutions, environmental non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, will focus on one of the most diverse, ecologically and biologically important and vulnerable marine ecosystems of the deep-sea – sponge grounds – that have received very little research and conservation attention to date.
EC FP7 NACLIM | The North Atlantic Ocean is one of the most important drivers for the global ocean circulation and its variability on time scales beyond inter-annual. Global climate variability is to a large extent triggered by changes in the North Atlantic sea surface state. The quality and skill of climate predictions depend crucially on a good knowledge of the northern sea surface temperatures and sea ice distributions. On a regional scale, these parameters strongly impact on weather and climate in Europe, determining precipitation patterns and strengths, as well as changes in temperature and wind patterns. Knowledge of these factors, and of their development in the years to come, is of paramount importance for society and key economic sectors, which have to base their planning and decisions on robust climate information. NACLIM will contribute to this goal.
Myfish aims at developing new Maximum Sustainable Yield indicators that can ensure high levels of fishery yield while respecting ecological, economic and social sustainability thus contributing to achieve the Good Environmental Status (GES) foreseen in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).
PROJECT ACRONYM: MYFISH
PROJECT TITLE: " Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns "
PROGRAMME: FP7, Cooperation, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
INSTRUMENT: Collaborative project
TOTAL BUDGET: €6,513,288.34
EC CONTRIBUTION: €4,999,999.00
GRANT AGREEMENT: 289 257
DURATION: March 2012 – February 2016
COORDINATOR: Anna Rindorf, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark, (DTU Aqua), Denmark
CONSORTIUM: 31 partners from 12 countries
Ocean managers, policymakers, and NGOs routinely face barriers to scientific knowledge: they simply can't afford costly subscriptions to traditional peer-reviewed academic journals. Studies have found that these financial barriers result in less primary science being used in on-the-ground environmental management plans.
MarXiv offers a way to increase access to pay-walled academic literature in a legal manner. An author who retains copyright on their submitted manuscript, known colloquially as a preprint, may upload the manuscript to the MarXiv community on Zenodo. Anyone may then download and read the preprint free of charge, legally, forever.
Make sure your research is accessible by those who need it to help our oceans: share your work in the MarXiv community on Zenodo now!
The CICE Consortium is a group of stakeholders and primary developers of the Los Alamos sea ice model (CICE), formed to maintain the current CICE model for existing and new users, to incorporate and maintain new research and development, and to accelerate scientific sea ice model development and its transfer into operational use.
The CICE model is the result of an effort to develop a computationally efficient sea ice component for use in fully coupled, atmosphere-ice-ocean-land global circulation models. Its development and maintenance have been led and coordinated by the Department of Energy since the early 1990s. Over the past two decades, a broad community of climate and weather forecasting groups has adopted the code, and in many cases, enhanced it. The CICE Consortium has formed as a vehicle for collaboration in sea ice model development.
Further information: https://github.com/CICE-Consortium/About-Us
MESOPP is a European H2020 International Cooperation project (agreement 692173) to enhancing and focusing research and innovation cooperation with Australia (www.mesopp.eu). The objective is to propose standardised methods and datasets for assimilating acoustic biomass estimates of micronekton organisms in ocean ecosystem models. Project tasks include an inventory of science challenges, stakes and existing policies; the specification and prototyping of a international e-infrastructure for marine ecosystems data; and the development of best practices, R&D governance in relation with existing policy instruments. The partners of the project are:
CLS, Collecte Localisation Satellites, France
CSIRO: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
UTas: University of Tasmania, Australia
AAD: Australian Antarctic Division, Australia
BAS: Natural environment Research Council NERC-BAS United Kingdom
UPMC : Université Pierre et Marie Curie France, associated to the MNHN (Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle)
IMR: Institute of Marine Research (Havforskningsinstituttet) Norway
Most challenges in coastal science and management demand an integrative approach. The project “Modular System for Shelves and Coasts” (MOSSCO, 2013-2016) thus developed an infrastructure that facilitates integration of existing model and data components. In the second phase of the project (MOSSCO Synthesis, 2016-2019) the modular infrastructure will be brought to a number of coastal applications, which are centered around the benthic-pelagic interface.
"*We bring together the distributed capacities in coastal ocean modelling in Germany to build a common infrastructure for the national and international coastal research community.*"
The scope of IJASGE includes the following areas : Advanced Design of Concrete & Steel Structures, Optimization technics and Consequences, Analysis & Design of Marine & Offshore Structures, Structural Dynamics, Building Materials and Design, Computer Aided assessments and design in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Environmental Geotechnology, FEM application to Structural, Geotechnical & Hydraulic Structures, Foundation Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Discrete Element Method for Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Instrumentation and Ground Improvement Techniques, Marine Geotechnical Engineering, Pavement Design, Repair & Rehabilitation of Structures, Safety and Reliability in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, Soil Dynamics and Machine Foundations, Soil Reinforcement & Geo-synthesis, Soil-Structure Interaction, Structural Geology and Discontinuities Analysis, Wind Resistant Design of Structures.
The project MERCES is focused on the restoration of different degraded marine habitats, with the aim of: 1) assessing the potential of different technologies and approaches; 2) quantifying the returns in terms of ecosystems services and their socio-economic impacts; 3) defining the legal-policy and governance frameworks needed to optimize the effectiveness of the different restoration approaches. Specific aims include: a) improving existing, and developing new, restoration actions of degraded marine habitats; b) increasing the adaptation of EU degraded marine habitats to global change; c) enhancing marine ecosystem resilience and services; d) conducting cost-benefit analyses for marine restoration measures; e) creating new industrial targets and opportunities.
To achieve these objectives MERCES created a multi-disciplinary consortium with skills in marine ecology, restoration, law, policy and governance, socio-economics, knowledge transfer, dissemination and communication. MERCES will start from the inventory of EU degraded marine habitats (WP1), conduct pilot restoration experiments (WP2, WP3, WP4), assess the effects of restoration on ecosystem services (WP5). The legal, policy and governance outputs will make effective the potential of marine restoration (WP6) and one dedicated WP will assess the socioeconomic returns of marine ecosystems’ restoration (WP7). The transfer of knowledge and the links with the industrial stakeholders will be the focus of WP8.
The results of MERCES will be disseminated to the widest audience (WP9). The project will be managed through a dedicated management office (WP10). MERCES will contribute to the Blue Growth by: i) improving the EU scientific knowledge on marine restoration, ii) contributing to EU Marine Directives; iii) implementing the Restoration Agenda, iv) enhancing the industrial capacity in this field, v) increasing the competitiveness of EU in the world market of restoration, and vi) offering new employment opportunities.
The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), organised by the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI), took place in the austral summer of 2016 / 17. Scientists from all over the world studied a wide range of disciplines, collecting data and samples from the Southern Ocean and a number of terrestrial sites on islands around Antarctica, as well as the continent itself.
The R/V Akademik Tryoshnikov left Cape Town, South Africa in December 2016, visiting Iles de Crozet and Kerguelen, and passing by Heard Island on its way to Hobart, Australia. After leaving Hobart in January 2017, the voyage headed due South to the Mertz glacier before visiting the remote Balleny Islands, Mount Siple, Peter I and Scott Island, with one final stop at Diego Ramirez, a small group of islands in Chilean waters. The final leg of the journey took place beginning in Punta Arenas, Chile in February 2017. The ship journeyed to South Georgia, passed by the South Sandwich Islands and made its final stop at the remote island of Bouvetoya before arriving back in Cape Town in March 2017.
Before and after the circumnavigation, the ship travelled from and to Bremerhaven (Germany), collecting data enroute.
A collection of documents and deliverables from the ADRIPLAN project (ADRiatic Ionian maritime spatial PLANning), a project funded by the European Commission – DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) under the theme "Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Mediterranean sea and/or the Black sea".
More information about the project: http://adriplan.eu/
The prime goals of ClimeFish are to support sustainable fisheries, enable an increase in European aquaculture production, facilitate employment and regional development through effective forecasting and the development of management tools for adapting fisheries and aquaculture to climate change.
ClimeFish actively engages stakeholders by arranging meetings where analytical and participatory tools are combined to generate new knowledge that has scientific acceptability, policy relevance and social robustness.
ClimeFish liaises with other national and international research projects - such as CERES - that are also highly relevant to the future management of marine resources in Europe within a changing environment, by incorporating socio-economic and legislative issues.
EC FP7 EURO-BASIN is designed to advance our understanding on the variability, potential impacts, and feedbacks of global change and anthropogenic forcing on the structure, function and dynamics of the North Atlantic and associated shelf sea ecosystems as well as the key species influencing carbon sequestering and ecosystem functioning.
The BigDataOcean project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 732310
The main objective of the BigDataOcean project is to enable maritime big data scenarios for EU-based companies, organisations and scientists, through a multi-segment platform that will combine data of different velocity, variety and volume under an inter-linked, trusted, multilingual engine to produce a big-data repository of value and veracity back to the participants and local communities.
BigDataOcean aims to capitalise on existing modern technological breakthroughs in the areas of the big data driven economy, and roll out a completely new value chain of interrelated data streams coming from diverse sectors and languages and residing on cross technology innovations being delivered in different formats (as well in different states, e.g. structured/unstructured, real-time/batches) in order to revolutionise the way maritime-related industries work, showcasing a huge and realistic economic, societal and environmental impact that is being achieved by introducing an economy of knowledge into a traditional sector which does not operate in an orchestrated manner and is rather fragmented.
This infrastructure will be combined with four strong pilots that will bring into BigDataOcean a huge amount of data (in TBs) in order to develop the largest maritime database as a resource of collaborative, data-driven intelligence. BigDataOcean will give participants the capability to upload both private and public resources of data, and interrelate them over public and private queries and diagrams.
The BigDataOcean system backbone will be domain-agnostic and interoperable with the most popular and established data processing technologies and sensor types, and will be capable of conforming to various different operation systems that one can nowadays meet.
MEECE is a European FP7 project that uses predictive models to explore the impacts of both climate drivers such as acidification and temperature, and human induced drivers like fishing, invasive species and pollution on marine ecosystems.
The marine environment is complex to understand and until now modelling studies have generally focused on a single or limited range of variables rather than looking at the combined range of pressures facing the marine environment.
To support decision making and EU policy, MEECE has developed models that explore the entire ecosystem by including all relevant or known processes in the system. From the physics that underlie it to plankton, fish and human activities.
PROJECT ACRONYM: MEECE
PROJECT TITLE: " Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment"
INSTRUMENT: Collaborative project
TOTAL BUDGET: €
EC CONTRIBUTION: €
GRANT AGREEMENT: 212 085
DURATION: (48 months)
COORDINATOR: Icarus Allen, PML, UK
Data generated by Pedro H. Hernandez and colleagues, under supervision of J.-P. Levraud, during the course of the ZF-ILC project performed at Institut Pasteur, Paris and funded by EU, EMBO and ANR (2015-2019).
The Southern Ocean Observing System is an international initiative of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), and has a mission to develop a coherent and efficient observing system for the Southern Ocean that will deliver the observations required to address key scientific and societal challenges. The SOOS Community Collection is an archive of reports, strategic documents, white papers and publications from the SOOS community (including the Scientific Steering Committee, Data Management Sub-Committee, Working Groups and Task Teams).
FarFish aims to provide knowledge, tools and methods to support responsible, sustainable and profitable EU fisheries outside European waters, compatible with Maximum Sustainable Yield. To achieve this, FarFish will develop practical, achievable and cost-effective fisheries management tools and advice which can be applied immediately. The work will be done in collaboration of scientists, policy makers, resource users and other stakeholders aimed to improve fisheries management competences. FarFish will provide a better knowledge base of these fisheries and encourage resource users to actively take part in the management, thus empowering them, generating a sense of ownership and enhancing compliance.
Habitat loss is one of the most pervasive threats to the diversity, structure and functioning of coastal ecosystems and the goods and services they provide (Worm et al. 2006, Airoldi et al. 2008). In the Mediterranean Sea, macroalgal forests represent one of the most valuable, but rapidly disappearing habitats. Whilst there is evidence that this general trend can still be reversed, we need more powerful tools to address the issue and bring about the change required.
AFRIMED project will involve a combination of spatial analysis, laboratory studies, pilot actions in the field and awareness raising among blue growth sectors, the general public and decision makers according to the following steps:
– Aggregating and standardising historical and contemporary spatial data in order to produce a “map of the distribution and status of Cystoseira macroalgal forests” at Med scale.
– Building on the results from MERCES and ROC-POP Life, experiments in mesocosms will be carried out on a selection of Cystoseira species in order to improve current knowledge of the species studied in MERCES (e.g. C. amentacea, C. barbata, C. zosteroides) and other key Cystoseira spp. (WP2).
– Building on the findings of WP2, the implementation of restoration actions inpilot areas (WP3) will provide the knowledge and experience required to develop concrete and ecologically sound techniques to allow restoration actions to be successfully scaled up. The pilot joint actions will be carried out in Albania, Morocco and Tunisia in areas that will be identified during WP1 activities.
– Ecosystem services of macroalgal forests: quantification of ecosystem service change that arise through restoration interventions. Subsequently, the cost-effectiveness of the restoration intervention will be determined in order to identify which methods are most cost-effective at generating benefits for society.
– Interaction withstakeholders (regulating authorities, decision-makers, managers, scientists, consulting offices, industries, and several users of ecosystem services such as fishermen and the tourism industry) will take place at all stages of the project (see the Declarations of support included in the project).
– Dissemination: In order to be effective and bring about “real-world” change, the conservation and management of marine resources requires buy-in and support of a diverse group of stakeholders.
European seafood producers are facing increased competition from overseas; prices of seafood products fluctuate and destabilize markets; unsuitable regulations influence the competitiveness of seafood producers; some producers are unable to meet the demands and expectations of consumers and many new fish products fail on markets. These challenges are addressed in PrimeFish, a four-year European funded research project by the H2020 Programme.
The overall objective of PrimeFish is to enhance the economic sustainability and competitiveness of European fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The project will study and analyse the European seafood market in general and five specific seafood supply-chains in particular; cod, herring, trout, seabass, seabream, salmon and pangasius.
ATLAS creates a dynamic new partnership between multinational industries, SMEs, governments and academia to assess the Atlantic's deep-sea ecosystems and Marine Genetic Resources to create the integrated and adaptive planning products needed for sustainable Blue Growth.
ATLAS will gather diverse new information on sensitive Atlantic ecosystems (including Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) and Ecologically or Biologically Sensitive Areas (EBSAs)) to produce a step-change in our understanding of their connectivity, functioning and responses to future changes in human use and ocean climate. This is possible because ATLAS takes innovative approaches to its work and interweaves its objectives by placing business, policy and socioeconomic development at the forefront with science.
The COLUMBUS project intends to capitalise on the European Commission’s significant investment in marine and maritime research by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end-users: policy, industry, science and wider society. COLUMBUS will ensure measurable value creation from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth within the timeframe of the project.
Raman spectroscopy is a powerful tool for investigating biomineralization processes in marine calcifying organisms. Applications of Raman in biomineralization studies have progressed from simple mineral identification to quantitative analysis of crystallinity, isotope abundance, organic molecules, and more. At the same time, advances in instrumentation have made it possible to collect many thousands of spectra in relatively little time. As Raman spectroscopy continues to grow in popularity, it is essential that systems are in place to facilitate the sharing of data and analysis techniques. This Zenodo Community serves as a repository for all data, code, and analysis tools related to Raman spectroscopy of marine calcifying organisms. Submissions of raw Raman spectra, codes for analyzing data in particular studies, and software tools for quantifying spectra are all encouraged.
The aim of the PRO-EEL project is to increase our knowledge about European
eel reproductive and nutritional physiology in order to enable successful maturation and offspring production. This includes selecting appropriate broodstocks, enhancing egg and sperm quality, improving fertilisation methods and developing culture conditions favourable for the production of viable eggs and larvae. Another important area is the definition of suitable larval rearing conditions and initial feed for the larvae, which is crucial for their healthy development.
PROGRAM: FP7 Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
COORDINATOR: Dr. Jonna Tomkiewicz, Technical University of Denmark, National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua)
GRANT AGREEMENT: 245 257
Escapes or releases of domesticated aquaculture fish pose a potential risk of adverse effects on native fish gene pools. In order to assure a prosperous and sustainable future for European aquaculture, the development of tools for identifying wild and farmed fish, interbreeding between them and effects on key fitness traits (survival and reproduction)is essential.
AquaTrace will develop innovative molecular genetic tools, which will improve the ability for tracing farmed fish in the wild and for documentation of their potential effects on wild conspecifics. Additionally the identification of locations in fish genomes which are responsible for physiological and life-history differences between wild and cultured fish, can support the aquaculture industry: the developed tools and performed analyses could also find their way into breeding activities, e.g. regarding analysis of genetic resources, parentage assignment and selective breeding. Moreover, the research carried out under the remit of AquaTrace can provide guidance for re-stocking endeavours.
Through its strategy and engagement with the aquaculture industry AquaTrace intends to support aquaculture activities and also to contribute to the the main objectives the European Commission in stimulating "Blue Growth" and in particular in building a sustainable future for aquaculture.
The project will also contribute to environmental protection under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)  since it is relevant for the descriptor n°1 on biological diversity as well as descriptor n°2 on non-indigenous species.
PROJECT ACRONYM: AQUATRACE
INSTRUMENT: Collaborative project
TOTAL BUDGET: €
EC CONTRIBUTION: € 2,999,185
GRANT AGREEMENT: 311 920
DURATION: (48 months)
COORDINATOR: Einer Eg Nielsen, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Danish Technical University, DTU Aqua
CONSORTIUM: 22 partners
AQUAtic INVAders: Early Detection, Control and Management: The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of crowd data sourcing (citizen science) to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS.
Removal of a forage fish has consequences for both predators and prey of forage fish. As everything is connected, every management action has a price which goes beyond the apparent, direct effect on the target species. The fishery on forage fish can therefore not be seen in isolation, as the immediate gain in profit from the fishery has to be discounted by the lowered potential for production of large piscivorous fish. Management actions on other species also influences forage fish, i.e. conservation efforts on marine mammals or sea birds have direct consequences for the predation pressure on forage fish.
The objective of the project is to provide insight and quantitative advice on the ecosystem wide consequences of management actions directly or indirectly related to forage fish. The two overarching questions are: 1. What are the consequences of forage fish fisheries on (a) predator growth and abundance, (b) economic output of fisheries on piscivorous species, and (c) ecosystem stability and the risk for regime shifts. 2. What are the consequences of changes in predator populations on forage fish populations and fisheries.
The methods is a combination of ecosystem models, of process studies aimed at feeding into the models, of economical models, and of data-analysis of existing data sources. The project covers four ecosystems in detail; Norwegian-Barents Sea, Baltic Sea, North Sea and Bay of Biscay.
FACTS bring together leading European fisheries and university institutes working on creating the tools for ecosystem based management. The active involvement of the institutes in the current management provides a means for the results of the project to feed into management. The project furthermore includes a network component which ensures a wider dissemination of methods and results within the marine scientific community.
PROJECT ACRONYM: FACTS
PROJECT TITLE: "Forage Fish Interactions"
PROGRAMME: FP7, Cooperation, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
INSTRUMENT: Small or medium-scale focused research project
TOTAL BUDGET: €3 883 966
EC CONTRIBUTION: €2 938 375
DURATION: Jan 2010 – Dec 2012 (36 months)
COORDINATOR: Stefan Neuenfeldt, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark, (DTU Aqua), Denmark
AQUARIUS - Broadband Tunable QCL based Sensor for Online and Inline Detection of Contaminants in Water
AQUARIUS addresses the development of a new generation of photonic sensing solution, in response to the need for pervasive sensing for a safer environment. In particular components, modules, sub-systems and systems shall be developed for enhanced sensitivity and specificity in water monitoring following the requirements of regulatory bodies, as well as the needs of selected end-users such as waterworks and the oil producing industry. Specifically addressed within the AQUARIUS project is the detection of hydrocarbon contaminations in water (Oil-in-Water contaminations). While most current laboratory with analytical techniques can in principle handle these tasks, they are often labour and cost intensive as well as time consuming. In most cases they require samples to be taken at e.g. the water works facility and then transferred to the analytical laboratory. Therefore it would be very helpful if on- or even inline analytical sensors with high sensitivity were available, allowing for a reliable and continuous real-time monitoring on site.