€2 Million to provide High-Resolution Data about Seawater Quality

Published: 10 January 2019

The European Union has awarded close to 2 million euros to develop, test and demonstrate information services that provide high resolution data about water quality at sea. The HiSea project delivers a new platform to improve the operation, planning and management of several marine activities.

The real-time information and alerts that this platform will deliver to ports and the aquaculture sector will improve crisis management and – future – operations.

Using high resolution data to improve water quality

New Sentinel images and output from high-resolution models are not yet in operational use in forecasting systems. Port authorities lack the resources to monitor oil spills, and algal blooms, and to make the continuous measurements of water quality indicators that are required by national and European regulations. Similarly, the aquaculture sector does not currently incorporate meteorological information and high-resolution real-time predictions of water quality in their operations.

The HiSea information services will include:

  • Early warning services on potential risk factors issuing alerts on storms, harmful algal blooms, faecal contamination and other hazards.
  • Real time crisis management regarding pollution accidents to identify the appropriate responses.
  • Key performance indicators regarding fish growing rates, environmental conditions, or the level of vulnerability to storms for vessels.
  • Information for planning operations including accurate and reliable meteorological, hydrodynamic and water quality forecasts.
  • Knowledge data base built on cause-effect relations that will help better understand and manage future operations

Co-designed by users

“The main goal of HiSea services is to deliver accurate and reliable information, readily available, easily understandable to fit seamlessly users’ operation, planning and management requirements,” said Dr. Ghada El Serafy from Deltares, who is the coordinator of the HiSea Project. ‘HiSea will provide relevant information, derived from many different sources, in a simple and effective way to add value to their operations and providing them with a competitive advantage”. It is expected that the provided HiSea services will increase the turnover of the users through higher productivity, risk reduction, cost reduction in insurance, sensor maintenance and optimized operation. Within the consortium the users from both sectors, Port of Valencia and SELONDA Aquaculture SA, are co-designing the HiSea services.

port of Valencia co-designer in HiSea project

 

The project, which received funding through the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, is comprised of seven partners from The Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Spain, France, Greece and Israel.